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

Creating a Dedicated Test Account for the Take a Test App

Users can create a dedicated test account which will automatically launch the Take a Test app for a specified test. This method should be used for non-permissive mode users only, as permissive mode features will not be accessible in 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

5. Click Save.

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

Creating Desktop Shortcuts for the Take a Test App

Users can create a desktop shortcut to the Take a Test app. A desktop shortcut should only be set up for permissive mode users. Non-permissive mode users should use a dedicated test account.

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:

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+Atl+Del.