Windows (Take a Test)

Setting up Microsoft's Take a Test app for Windows 10

These procedures set up Microsoft's Take a Test app on machines running Windows 10.

The Take a Test app enforces a locked-down, secure testing environment identical to AIR’s Secure Browser. Users of the Take a Test app do not need to install the AIR Secure Browser on the testing machine. For more information about configuring the Take a Test app, see https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/education/windows/take-tests-in-windows-10.

Creating a Dedicated Test Account for Non-permissive Mode Users

Non-permissive mode users should create a dedicated test account for the Take a Test app. Permissive mode features will not available when using this method. To access permissive mode features, please see Creating Desktop Shortcuts for Permissive Mode Users.

Note: Assessments administered through the Take a Test app will detect some forbidden apps are running in the background even if users don’t start these apps, which causes the Take a Test app to log a user out of their account. (For more information, see https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4338725/k-12-assessment-unexpected-reports-apps-running-background-windows-10) Because of this, AIR has disabled the forbidden app check when using the Take a Test app through a dedicated test account.

To create a dedicated test account:

1. Sign into the device with an administrator account.

2. Go to Settings > Accounts > Work or school Access > Set up an account for taking tests.

3. Select an existing account to use as the dedicated testing account.

Note: If you don't have an account on the device, you can create a new account. To do this, go to Settings > Accounts > Family & Other Users > Add someone else to this PC > I don’t have this person’s sign-in information > Add a user without a Microsoft account.

4. In the Enter the test's web address field, enter https://ar.tds.airast.org/student

5. Click Save.

The student can now sign in to the dedicated account to take the specified test.

Creating Desktop Shortcuts for Permissive Mode Users

Permissive mode users should create a desktop shortcut for the Take a Test app.

To create a desktop shortcut for Take a Test:

1. Log in to Windows as the user taking a test.

2. Right-click on the desktop and select New > Shortcut. The Create Shortcut dialog box appears.

3. In the Type the location of the item field, enter ms-edu-secureassessment:https://ar.tds.airast.org/student

4. Click Next.

5. In the next dialog box, type a name for the shortcut.

6. Click Finish.

The shortcut appears on the desktop. To run the Take a Test app, double-click the shortcut. To exit the Take a Test app, press Ctrl+Alt+Del.