Locking Down a Tablet Device for Summative Assessment Delivery

When setting up your tablet for use of the app, there are some settings you may need to change.

Apple iPad and iPad Mini (iOS 6 onwards)

Setting up Lockdown Mode

When a candidate is taking a high-stakes exam on a tablet, the tablet may need to be "locked down" to ensure that they cannot cheat (e.g. by going to an internet browser to look up answers). The following process allows you to temporarily restrict your iOS device to a particular app, disable areas of the screen that aren't relevant to a task and disable hardware buttons.

To set up Guided Access:

  • Go to Settings>General>Accessibility>Guided Access
  • Turn 'Guided Access' on or off. Set a passcode that controls the use of Guided Access and prevents someone from leaving an active session
  • Set whether the device can go to sleep during a session

To start a Guided Access session:

  • Open the app you want to run, triple tap the 'Home' button
  • Adjust the settings for the session, then click 'Start'

In Guided Access you can:

  • Disable app controls and areas of the app screen by circling any part of the screen you want to disable and using handles to adjust the area.
  •  Turn off 'Motion'.

To end a Guided Access session, triple tap the 'Home' button then enter the Guided Access passcode.

Turn auto-correction and spell check off

In the instances that spell check needs to be deactivated, this can be done by going to Settings>General>Keyboard.

Google Android (4.3 onwards)

Setting up Lockdown Mode

When a candidate is taking a high-stakes exam on a tablet, the tablet may need to be "locked down" to ensure they cannot cheat (e.g. by going to an internet browser to look up answers). The following process allows you to temporarily restrict your Android device to a particular app.

To restrict a candidate's access to other applications on the tablet:

  • Go to the 'Settings' menu and select 'Users'. Choose 'Add User or Profile'
  • Select Restricted Profile
  • Toggle the applications you do not want the user to be able to see to "off"

To switch to the restricted profile, select the power button to put the tablet to sleep then wake it again, or pull down the quick settings menu and tap the current profile picture to switch to another user.

Turning off Auto-Correct

To turn off auto-correct on an Android tablet:

  • Select Settings
  • Select Language and Input
  • Select Keyboard and Input Methods
  • Select the Settings Icon (near the Android keyboard)
  • Turn off Auto-Correction

Amazon Kindle Fire (Fire (5th Generation), Fire HD (5th Generation), and Fire HD 10 (5th Generation))

When a candidate is taking a high-stakes exam on a tablet, the tablet may need to be "locked down" to ensure they cannot cheat (e.g. by going to an internet browser to look up answers). The following process allows you to temporarily restrict your Kindle Fire device to a particular app.

To set up Parental Controls:
  • Go to the 'Settings' menu and tap 'Parental Controls'
  • Select the switch next to 'Parental Controls'
  • Enter and confirm your password and then select 'Finish'
Once a password has been set, one or more of the following can be restricted:
  • Web browsing
  • Access to the Amazon Store
  • Access to Email, Contacts and Calendar
  • Social network sharing
  • Camera
  • Specific content types (for example, Books or Apps)
By using password protection, further functionality can also be restricted. Password protection can be used for restricting actions such as purchases on The Amazon Store, connecting to Wi-Fi and enabling location services.

When Parental Controls are enabled, a lock icon appears at the top of your screen.
 
 

Locked vs Unlocked Tests


If a candidate attempts to take a test that has been set to require 'Lockdown' mode on a device that has not been locked-down the following error message will appear:
    


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