iPadOS Mobile Devices

This topic describes how to configure Apple mobile devices for online testing.

Some configurations may be possible through third-party MDM software. If the MDM software is capable of these configurations, this software can be used to configure iPads that will be used to administer online testing. For more information, consult the documentation for the specific MDM software.

Testing Device

Using Assessment Mode

If students are using iPads with iPadOS, use Assessment Mode (formerly Automatic Assessment Configuration), which works with the CAI secure browser to lock down an iPad for online testing. Users in the field need to do nothing to set up Assessment Mode. Once the secure browser is launched, Assessment Mode starts automatically. For more information about Assessment Mode, including a list of features it disables, refer to Apple’s Set up iPad and Mac to give tests and assessments support web page.

When a student taps [Begin Test Now] on an iPad with Assessment Mode, a message similar to that in figure 1 appears.

Confirm App Self-Lock notification

Figure 1. Notification when starting test with assessment mode

Removing the Emoji Keyboard

Emoticons (emojis) are characters that express an emotion or represent a facial expression, such as a smile or a frown. Some text messaging apps replace sequences of characters with an emoticon, such as replacing “:)” with “J.”

iPadOS has an Emoji keyboard that contains emoticons (figure 2). This keyboard, if activated, can be confusing for test takers or scorers. Use the following procedure to remove the Emoji keyboard from an iOS or iPadOS device.

Emoji keyboard for iOS showing available emoji icons

Figure 2. Emoji keyboard for iOS or iPadOS

However, the Emoji keyboard should be enabled for the CSA because of its connection to accented characters.

To remove the Emoji keyboard:

  1. Tap the [Settings] icon (figure 3).

    Settings gears icon

    Figure 3. [Settings] icon

  2. Navigate to GeneralKeyboard.
  3. Tap the [Keyboards] icon (figure 4).

    Keyboards configuration interface that lists the types of keyboards currently available

    Figure 4. Keyboards configuration interface

  4. Delete Emoji from the list by sliding it to the left and selecting [Delete].

Disabling Dictation

When students speak into an Apple mobile device, utilizing the Dictation feature that suggests words or spellings, they may compromise testing security or violate the construct of the assessment.

To disable Dictation in an Apple mobile device:

  1. Tap the [Settings ] icon.
  2. Navigate to GeneralKeyboard.
  3. Move the slider to turn off Enable Dictation (figure 5).
  4. Close the Settings screen.

    Enable Dictation toggle set to disabled

    Figure 5. Disabled dictation

Disabling Voice Control

iPads have access to a feature called Voice Control that is not automatically disabled by Assessment Mode. Voice Control allows iPad users to control an iPad using voice commands. If this feature is enabled on iPads that are used for testing, students may be able to access unwanted apps, such as web browsers, during a test.

To disable Voice Control in an Apple mobile device:

  1. Tap the [Settings ] icon.
  2. Select [Accessibility] (figure 6).

    iPad Accessibility, Voice Control settings

    Figure 6. Accessibility settings—Voice Control

  3. Select [Voice Control] (figure 6).
  4. Toggle the Voice Control switch to the left to disable Voice Control (figure 7).

    iPad Accessibility, Voice Control settings with the Voice Control toggle indicated

    Figure 7. Voice Control settings

  5. Close the Settings screen.

Disabling VoiceOver

iPads have access to a feature called VoiceOver that is not automatically disabled by Assessment Mode. VoiceOver is a gesture-based screen reader that allows users to receive audible descriptions of what is on the screen of their iPad. VoiceOver also changes touchscreen gestures to have different effects and adds additional gestures that allow users to move around the screen and control their iPads. If VoiceOver is not disabled on iPads that are used for testing, students may be able to access unwanted apps during a test. This feature should not be available to students without an accommodation.

To disable VoiceOver in an Apple mobile device:

  1. Tap the [Settings ] icon.
  2. Select [Accessibility] (figure 8).

    iPad Accessibility, VoiceOver settings

    Figure 8. Accessibility settings—VoiceOver

  3. Select [VoiceOver] (figure 8).
  4. Toggle the VoiceOver switch to the left to disable VoiceOver (figure 9).

    iPad Accessibility, VoiceOver settings with the VoiceOver toggle indicated

    Figure 9. VoiceOver settings

  5. Close the Settings screen.

Secure Browser

Some configurations may be possible through third-party MDM software. If the MDM used is capable of these configurations, it can be used to configure iPads for online testing. For more information, consult the documentation for the specific MDM software.

Installation

This subtopic contains instructions for downloading and installing SecureTestBrowser and selecting the state and assessment program. The SecureTestBrowser Mobile Secure Browser for iPads is available from the App Store. The process for installing the secure browser is the same as for any other iPadOS application.

  1. Navigate to the CAASPP and ELPAC Secure Browsers website by visiting either the CAASPP Technology Resources web page or the ELPAC Technology Resources web page and then selecting the [Secure Browsers] link at either location.
  2. Select the [iPadOS] tab.
  3. Select the [Download SecureTestBrowser 7] button (figure 10). (The user also can search for SecureTestBrowser in the App Store to find the secure browser app.)

    Download SecureTestBrowser 7 for iPadOS button

    Figure 10. [Download SecureTestBrowser 7] button

  4. The SecureTestBrowser download web page, shown in figure 11, opens.

    SecureTestBrowser App Store download web page with the Download cloud and downward-pointing arrow icon circled

    Figure 11. SecureTestBrowser App Store download web page

  5. Tap the [Download] cloud [Download cloud icon] icon, present if the app has been installed previously. The iPad downloads and installs the secure browser, and the button changes to [Open]. (Note that the user must be signed in to the App Store to download SecureTestBrowser.)
  6. After installation, a [SecureTestBrowser] icon like the one shown in figure 12 appears on the iPad’s home screen.

    SecureTestBrowser icon

    Figure 12. [SecureTestBrowser] icon, iPadOS

  7. Tap [Open]. The first time the user opens SecureTestBrowser, the Launchpad screen appears. The Launchpad establishes the state and test administration for students.
  8. In the Please Select Your State drop-down list (indicated in figure 13), select California.

    Please select your organization or state drop-down list indicated in the Launchpad

    Figure 13. Select the state from the Launchpad

  9. In the Choose Your Assessment Program drop-down list (indicated in figure 14), select California Assessment System.

    Choose Your Assessment Program drop-down list indicated in the Launchpad

    Figure 14. Select the assessment from the Launchpad

  10. Tap [OK]. The student logon page opens. The secure browser is now ready for students to use.

The Launchpad screen appears only once. The student logon page appears the next time the secure browser is launched.

Uninstallation

To uninstall the SecureTestBrowser app on iPadOS, drag its folder to the Trash.