For applicants to the State Bar contact information

Admissions & Committee of Bar
415-538-2175Practical Training of Law
415-538-2300Pro Hac

For any other technical issues on the exam day, please call ExamSoft Support at (866) 429-8889, ext. 1 then 3.

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California Bar Exam FAQ 

Remote Proctored Bar Exam Schedule 

Using Laptops 

More Bar Exam Dates and Deadlines 


Exam Taker Information from
The passwords for the mandatory mock exams are listed below and can also be found on

This is where the exam day passwords will be posted

CA_MANDATORY Mock Exam 1 - sgt5kq

CA_MANDATORY Mock Exam 2 - bxwg4m

Welcome to ExamSoft’s California Bar Exam Home Page


Before you register, please make sure to review the Minimum System Requirements listed above. In addition to the above, below are the requirements for ExamID and ExamMonitor

  • Webcam: Required for ExamID and ExamMonitor
  • Microphone: Required for ExamMonitor
  • Hard Drive Space: at least 2 GB Free HDD Space
  • Memory: 8 GB (8 GB recommended, 4 GB required)
  • CPU: Intel i3 2+ Ghz or equivalent
  • Mac Operating System: 10.13, 10.14, or 10.15   
  • Windows Operating System: 10 (Version 1803, 1809, 1903, or 1909)   
  • Internet Speed/Bandwidth: Min 2 Mbps Upload speed  
  • NOTE: You may NOT use any virtual camera software with ExamID or ExamMonitor.
  • To set up your permission, visit: 

            ExamID and ExamMonitor Permission Setup for Windows users
            ExamID and ExamMonitor Permission Setup for MAC users



To take the California Bar Exam remotely, you will be using Examplify, secure testing software provided by ExamSoft. In order to safeguard exam integrity, Examplify will be updated to include ExamID and ExamMonitor tools that provide identity verification via facial recognition and video/audio recording with artificial intelligence and human review. See ExamSoft’s privacy policy for more information. Applicants must strictly adhere to all deadlines and instructions in order to complete their registration for and take the exam. The deadlines cannot and will not be extended for any reason. Any failure to meet any of these deadlines will result in you not being able to take the October 5-6 California Bar Examination.

 Before starting any exam:

  • Ensure you are connected to internet and your laptop is plugged into the power and your battery is fully charged in case of power failure
  • Ensure there is no one else in the room
  • On your laptop, disconnect any external cameras and microphones – use built-in resources only. Make sure your mic is turned on.
  • You may use an external mouse and keyboard, and make sure these are connected before you begin.
  • You may not use virtual camera software with ExamID or ExamMonitor.
  • Remove all textbooks, notes, or other materials from your workspace 
  • Turn off your cell phone and remove it from the exam area
  • Take off your smartwatch (if applicable) and remove it from the exam area
  • Turn off any music or TV
  • Remove headphones/earbuds (foam earplugs are allowed)
  • Use the bathroom before you begin a session, as you will not be able to get up during the exam session

Important information about taking your baseline photo:
Before you take your baseline photo, confirm you are in a well-lit area and the light on your face is brighter than the light in back of you. Ensure you have a light on in front of you and not behind, increase brightness on your device and ensure you do not have your back to a window that would create a shadow on your face. You should take your baseline photo in the same place you plan on taking the bar exam.

To avoid being flagged, be sure to follow these best practices: 

  • Ensure that you have privacy for the entire exam – do not interact with other people or receive any outside assistance.
  • Remain focused on the exam, staying in view of the webcam. No phones, textbooks, or notes are permitted. 
  • Make sure that your face remains fully framed by the camera at all times during the exam. At the top of the screen is an pull-down that says Monitoring. If you click on this, you can see your live video feed. Clicking anywhere in Examplify will exit this screen and return you back to Examplify. When you enter the exam, click on the video feed to confirm you are in the view of the camera. 
  • Make sure you do not have your webcam covered.
  • Reading exam questions out loud may result in a flag, so try to refrain.
  • Do not use your mobile phone at any time once you are in an exam session.
  • Do not get up from your computer until your exam session is complete.


Pre-Exam Deadlines


  • September 1: First day to register with ExamSoft 
  • September 14: First day admittance tickets available
  • September 18 (9:59 p.m. Pacific Time): Deadline to register with ExamSoft 
  • September 18 (9:59 p.m. Pacific Time): Deadline to take and upload two mock exams
  • September 25: First day to download California Bar Exam files
  • September 28: Deadline for Laptop Certification
  • October 4: Deadline to download California Bar Exam files and make sure software is working properly


Exam Day Deadlines

1.   Password Release: The passwords for each session will be posted 15 minutes before each session. Applicants should begin the check-in and log-in process early in the event they experience any difficulties and require assistance from ExamSoft. 


2.   Exam Schedule: All applicants will begin the exam sessions at the same time, following the remote proctored exam schedule listed in Pacific Time, irrespective of the time zone in which the applicants are taking the exam. Applicants are expected to be logged in and ready at the beginning of each designated exam session.

  • Each session will automatically shut after the amount of time specified.
  • Once a session begins, you must remain in your seat with your face in view of the camera while testing.
  • If you experience technical difficulties, contact ExamSoft for assistance at 1-866-429-8889. 

3.  Answer Files Upload Deadline: Answer and video/audio files should be uploaded immediately after the exam, but no later than October 7, 2020 – 12:00 p.m. (Pacific Time). 

Instructions to Complete ExamSoft Registration


STEP 1: Register and download Examplify and a mock exam. 

  • Visit from the laptop you will be using on exam day and review the minimum system requirements for your laptop.
  • Log in under the ‘Exam Takers’ section with your assigned ID and password that will be emailed to you on September 1. 
  • Click ‘Download’ and follow the on-screen prompts to launch the installer. Once completed, open Examplify.
  • Enter the Institution ID: calbaronline
  • Enter the same assigned ID and password to register Examplify. Click ‘Sign In’.
  • Select Mock Exam under My Exams and click Download Exam.


STEP 2: Take and upload the MANDATORY mock exams. 

Before starting any exam, including the mandatory mock exams review the instructions and best practices above. 


1.     Launch Examplify and select the Mock Exam under ‘My Exams’ on the left side.

2.     Enter the exam password, which will be located on Hit ‘Enter.’

3.     You may be prompted to close any open programs and disable your antivirus program.

4.     Biometric Consent – you must consent to ExamSoft capturing your biometric information (i.e., taking your picture). This is required for you to access your exam.

5.     Webcam / Microphone Access – Before starting a mock exam, you will be asked to allow access to your webcam and microphone. This is required for you to access your exam.

6.     Facial Recognition – the software will take your picture to verify your identity for each exam module.

7.     Read each Exam Notice window carefully and click the ‘Next’ button in the bottom right to advance.

8.     Video recording will begin automatically, including both webcam and screen capture throughout your entire exam. 

9.    There will be a question requiring you to show your Government ID (e.g., passport, driver’s license) with photo. This is the only time you will be asked to do this. You will not be asked to show your ID on exam day. This is only required for the State Bar Office of Admissions to confirm your identification.

10.  Get familiar with Examplify and its features by typing a paragraph in each question window and use available formatting options. During your actual exam, answer each question in the appropriately numbered window. Do NOT type all answers into one window. To navigate between questions, use the ‘Next’ button at the bottom right or click the question number on the left-hand pane.

11.  TECHNICAL ISSUES: most issues during an exam (e.g. a freeze, etc.) can be resolved by rebooting the device (DO NOT attempt to repair by exiting the exam as you cannot re-enter.) Turn off your device (press and hold power button). Wait five seconds then restart your device. Once Examplify restarts, it will return to within 59 seconds of where you left off in the exam. You will be required to close your exam if you have been out of your exam for more than 10 minutes. When rebooting does not address the issue, call ExamSoft technical support. 

12.  SUBMITTING EXAM: The exam will close automatically once you reach the time limit or you may click on ‘Finish’ on the last question to submit your exam if you finish before the time limit. On the blue screen, click the checkbox then click the ‘Submit Exam’ button. Examplify will automatically upload your answer file along with the video recording to be proctored. Keep your computer connected to the internet with Examplify open until you verify that the upload is complete. If for some reason your computer is turned off before the upload is complete, it will automatically resume when your computer is turned on and connected to the internet. You will receive a green ‘Upload Complete’ screen and a confirmation email.


Download exam files required to use on the exam day. This must be completed by October 4, 2020. 


  1. Launch Examplify.
  2. Under ‘My Exams’ select each exam file from the list on the left side and click 'Download Exam' (If this exam is not showing in the list, click 'Refresh Exam List' at the bottom). There will be 8 exam files. The download progress will begin to show; if you see 'Exam File Downloaded' under exam name, the download was successful.
  3. Confirm that the eight exam files have been downloaded by visiting:


Exam Day Instructions


Exam Day instructions and exam passwords will be posted on on the day of the exam and emailed to you as a backup.


Applicants are expected to be logged on and ready to begin testing by the exam start time. Applicants should log in early so anyone experiencing difficulty has time to correct any issues and/or contact the ExamSoft helpline if assistance is needed at (866) 429-8889, ext. 1 then 3.