When Edwin Prado, a practicing attorney in the state of Florida, submitted his Florida bar exam within the three hour window provided, he did not expect to be notified weeks later with claims that he exceeded the test limit by one minute and be accused of typing an additional 42 characters during that time.
According to Law Street Media, Examsoft Worldwide’s software has the capability to allow users to take exams on their personal computers while preventing them from accessing any other programs besides the test itself. According to Mr. Prado, he was wrongly accused of continuing the exam past the test limits and hired a digital forensic examiner to help prove his case.
The complaint states Mr. Prado spent around $25,000 to fully investigate and present his case to the Ethics Committee of the Florida Bar. Upon review, the digital forensics expert determined it was “highly probable” that Examsoft’s software was flawed or misconfigured and alleges it was “impossible to guarantee” how long Mr. Prado actually spent on the test.
Ultimately, Mr. Prado’s claims alongside the expert’s findings were strong enough to win his case and get the test results overturned. However, it did not come easily. Mr. Prado’s claims his admission to the Florida state bar was delayed by more than nine months and caused him to miss out on many opportunities during that time.
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