Take a Test app technical reference
Take a Test is an application that locks down a device and displays an online assessment web page.
Whether you're a teacher or IT administrator, you can configure Take a Test to meet your testing needs. For high-stakes tests, the app creates a browser-based, locked-down environment. This environment means that students taking the tests that don't have copy/paste privileges, can't access to files and applications, and are free from distractions. For simple tests and quizzes, Take a Test can be configured to use the teacher's preferred assessment website to deliver digital assessments.
PC lock-down for assessment
When the assessment page initiates lock-down, the student's desktop will be locked and the app will be launched above the Windows lock screen to provide a sandbox that ensures the student can only interact with the Take a Test app. After transitioning to the lock screen, Take a Test will apply local MDM policies to further lock down the device. The whole process of going above the lock screen and applying policies is what defines lock-down. The lock-down process is atomic, which means that if any part of the lock-down operation fails, the app won't be above lock and won't have any of the policies applied.
When running above the lock screen:
- The app runs full screen with no chrome
- The hardware print screen button is disabled
- Depending on the parameter you set through the schema or dedicated account, content within the app will show up as black in screen capturing/sharing software
- System clipboard is cleared
- Web apps can query the processes currently running in the user's device
- Extended display shows up as black
- Auto-fill is disabled
Mobile device management (MDM) policies
When Take a Test is running, the following MDM policies are applied to lock down the PC.
|AllowToasts||Disables toast notifications from being shown||0|
|AllowAppStoreAutoUpdate||Disables automatic updates for Store apps that are installed on the PC||0|
|AllowDeviceDiscovery||Disables UI for screen sharing||0|
|AllowInput Panel||Disables the onscreen keyboard, which will disable auto-fill||0|
|AllowCortana||Disables Cortana functionality||0|
|AllowAutoupdate||Disables Windows Update from starting OS updates||5|
To ensure Take a Test activates correctly, make sure the following Group Policy aren't configured on the PC.
|Functionality||Group Policy path||Policy|
|Require Ctrl+Alt+Del||Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local Policies\Security Options||Interactive logon: Don't Require CTRL+ALT+DEL|
|Disable lock screen notifications||Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Logon||Turn off app notifications on the lock screen|
|Disable lock screen||Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Control Panel\Personalization||Don't display the lock screen|
|Disable UAC||Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local Policies\Security Options||User Account Control: Run all administrators in Admin Approval Mode|
|Disable local workstation||User Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Ctrl+Alt+Del Options||Remove Lock Computer|
When Take a Test is running, the following functionality is available to students:
Assistive technology that is configured to run above the lock screen should run as expected
Narrator is available through Win+Enter
Magnifier is available through Win++
The student can press Alt+Tab when locked down. This key press results in the student being able to switch between the following elements:
- Take a Test
- Assistive technology that may be running
- Lock screen (not available if student is using a dedicated test account)
The app will exit if the student signs in to an account from the lock screen. Progress made in the test may be lost or invalidated.
The student can exit the test by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Delete
This mode enables students who need access to other apps, like accessibility tools, to use the apps.
When permissive mode is triggered in lock-down mode, Take a Test transitions from lock-down mode to running windows mode on the user's desktop. The student can then run allowed apps during the test.
When running tests in this mode, keep the following points in mind:
- Permissive mode isn't supported in kiosk mode (dedicated test account)
- Permissive mode can be triggered from the web app running within Take a Test. Alternatively, you can create a link or shortcut without "#enforcelockdown" and it will launch in permissive mode
Troubleshoot Take a Test with the event viewer
You can use the Event Viewer to view Take a Test events and errors. Take a Test logs events when a lock-down request has been received, device enrollment has succeeded, lock-down policies were successfully applied, and more.
To enable viewing events in the Event Viewer:
- Open the
- Navigate to
Applications and Services Logs > Microsoft > Windows > Management-SecureAssessment
To save the event logs:
Save All Events As…
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