HLS uses Exam4. I don't know what similarities there are to ExamSoft, but I can tell you the different settings anyway in case they're the same. Exam4 has open (which then splits into open-network and open-laptop, closed, and take home. Take home lets us access everything, including the Internet. I think open network allows access to the Internet too, but in my experience we weren't allowed to use the Internet on open exams anyway so we had to use open-laptop. This allows everything on your computer except Internet to work (so the beautiful ctrl-F was still an option in Word
). I've only had one closed exam, but it literally took away my home screen so I couldn't access anything at all except Exam4.
My biggest complaint about the exam software is the formatting options. People who just use paragraphs or whatever to format their answers wouldn't mind, but I usually try to make my answers at least look organized (more for my own sake so I know where to go back and find things if I want to change/add something). Exam4 does allow underlining, italics, and bold, but that's it. The screen itself is also really old school, so it looks like you're using Word 94 or something. I think if I had to choose I would prefer to use Word just because that's what I'm used to, but not for any huge reason that I think affects my exam. The only thing is that it can malfunction (this happened to someone in my section where it just completely stopped working mid-exam), but the proctors are instructed how to deal with this. The guy in my section had to go to the library to use a computer there and had the time that he lost added back on.