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://vt.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://vt.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.