BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Law school graduates sweated their way through the second and final day of their bar exams Wednesday, some relieved to see paper and pencil after running into a technical glitch that kept test takers in several states from uploading the first day's answers from their computers.
The Florida-based software provider ExamSoft Worldwide Inc. said the processing problem created a six-hour backlog that had been cleared by early Wednesday morning. The cause was being investigated, spokesman Kenneth Knotts said.
After spending a full day Tuesday inside the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center writing essays and answering multiple-choice questions on her laptop, Julia Pascuzzo of Pittsburgh spent four hours in her hotel room facing error messages while trying to upload her work.
"I thought it was my computer until I finally logged onto Facebook and saw that my colleagues were having the same problem," the Cornell University graduate said during a break from Wednesday's testing. "I fell asleep and then at 3 in the morning I woke up with this panic attack and I was able to manually upload it."
Knotts said the processing problems did not affect the exam takers' answers. But test takers said it cut into their sleep and the time they had to prepare for day 2.
"It definitely takes away from the relief that you have for finishing — that there still might be more problems," said Will VanDerlinder of Elmira, who tried for two hours to submit the exam.
Knotts said he couldn't say what time the delays began or how many people were affected. The company, which administers bar exams in 43 states, listed 16 states that extended their deadlines for submitting the exams.
"We understand that is a stressful time for bar exam takers, and their experience last night was unacceptable to us," ExamSoft said in a website apology. "We will work very hard to repair the trust they have placed in our care."
John McAlary, executive director of the New York State Board of Law Examiners, said about 90 percent of the more than 10,000 test takers in his state had been able to upload their results by Wednesday morning. New York extended the deadline from 8:30 p.m. Wednesday until midnight and was prepared to extend it further if necessary, he said.
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