Creating a Test for Tablet Delivery

This article explains the processes and settings involved in creating a test for tablet delivery. It will demonstrate how the settings you apply at this stage will affect the delivery of your test at a later stage. It will also determine what we have found to be the current most suitable settings for your tests with the current release of the SurpassDelivery App. The settings which have been emphasised have been selected as they will affect how the test is delivered to candidates; if a setting has not been included this is due to it having no bearing on the end result of the test delivery. 

Test Details

Test Name/ Test Reference – Ensure to name and reference your test appropriately and confirm it will be recognisable as a test intended for a tablet device at a later stage.

Test Delivery Options

Requires SecureClient – We recommend you keep this option checked.

Requires Invigilation – Ensure this option is checked if you require the use of candidate PINs during test delivery, the use of PINs is a recommended feature when delivering high-stakes tests with a tablet device.  

Certified for Tablet Delivery - This setting identifies that the exam can be delivered via a tablet; it is essential for this to be ticked.

Test Availability

Test Date Window – It is recommended that when you set the test date window, you set the expired date to beyond the test scheduling window.

Daily Test Window – It is recommended this window is left as default; more precise times for the test can be set when scheduling the test itself.

Advanced Test Delivery Options

Test Distribution – It is recommended that you leave this setting at ‘Both’.

Test Type - It is recommended that you leave this setting at ‘Standard Marking’.

Test Interface Options

Confirmation Text - No confirmation text is currently supported.

Show Marking Progress Bar – The marking progress bar will be set for ‘Item Based’ marking for all tests.

Test Style
  • Standard Navigation – Selecting this option will allow the candidate to move freely through questions. 
  • Forward Only (FO) – Selecting this option will display the tablet content without the option of a ‘back’ button. If a candidate attempts to navigate forward without answering a question, a caution message will appear confirming they wish to proceed without answering the question.

Default Navigation Language – The tablet app only supports English.

Show Page Requires Scrolling Alert – The tablet app automatically shows a page requires scrolling alert, regardless of whether or not this option is ticked.


Auto Create Pin –
It is necessary you leave this option selected if you require a PIN to be generated for the candidates on the day of the test.

Note: Whilst a tablet test can be taken without a PIN,  we would recommend that you utilise the function to set a candidate PIN for high-stakes tests. This is particularly the case when you permit or encourage candidates to ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD).

Marking Auto Void Period –
It is recommended that you set the auto void period to a substantial amount of days to avoid valid tests getting voided prematurely.

Create a Test Form 

Naming your Test Form - As with your test, in Surpass, when a test has been downloaded to a tablet, it currently shows the same icon and status as a test which has been downloaded to SecureClient. Bearing this limitation in mind, it would be useful to name your test form appropriately at this stage for easy location once it has been downloaded to the tablet. 

Test Form Details

Test Form Name/Reference – Ensure to name and reference your test form appropriately and ensure they will be recognisable as tests intended for a tablet application at a later stage.

Test Feedback - The SurpassDelivery app does not currently support providing feedback to candidates therefore the settings will have no bearing on the test when delivered through a tablet. This is subject to change in future releases of the application. 


Advance content download timespan (hours) – This can be set to the value that you require.

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