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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Bar Exam Technology Disaster: ExamSoft Servers Unable to Handle Crush of Applicants Trying to Upload Their Exams

Inside Higher Ed, Bar Exam Technology Disaster:

Exam SoftNew law graduates in many states experienced a technology snafu at the worst possible time Tuesday night: as they were attempting to upload bar examinations just before deadlines in their states. Many reported spending hours trying and failing to upload their answers. ExamSoft, a company that manages the bar test submission process in many states, acknowledged "slowness or difficulty" being experienced by many test-takers, and said that it was sorry for the difficulties many were having. The company, working with various state bar associations, announced 17 deadline extensions by states, so that people who couldn't submit their exams would not be penalized.

The legal blog Above the Law posted some of the emails and social media messages being posted by angry law graduates. the blog said that the situation "appears to be the biggest bar exam debacle in history."

Many bar exams continue today, so the frustrated test-takers who were up late, some fearing that they may have failed by not submitting their day's results, have another stressful day ahead of them, for many of them without as much sleep as they might have had otherwise.

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I'm not in IT, but it would seem that beefing up one's network capacity for large events is fairly SOP.

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Jul 30, 2014 7:27:38 AM

This is not a new problem. It happened to me back in 2012. I was totally rattled that first night. I thought I failed the bar solely because my exam results wouldn't upload.

Posted by: Anon | Jul 30, 2014 9:41:03 AM