Digital exams device check

Whether you're a student providing your own device for digital exams or a school , checking devices are set up correctly and meet the specifications for a digital exam is an important part of being ready. 

Most laptop and desktop computers, including Chromebooks, are compatible with the digital exam platform. 

Check your device specifications using the table below. It compares the browser version you are using as well as the screen resolution and operating system of your device against the specifications for a digital exam. 

Then, follow the instructions to make sure your device is set up correctly, with notifications and screensavers disabled.

If you're writing your answers in Te Reo Māori or a foreign language, you'll also need to make sure your device has the correct language keyboard downloaded and enabled.

Device check table

Note: these results are only valid on the device being tested, at the time of testing.
If this device does not meet the requirements for a digital exam, changes will need to be made to it to ensure it meets the specifications for a digital exam. If this is not possible, a different device will need to be used. 

Setting up your device

As well as a device meeting the specifications for a digital exam, it also needs to be set up correctly. 

Proper device set up reduces the risk of something going wrong during an exam, for example the device losing battery or a notification popping up, locking the student out of the exam. 

If a student is locked out of a digital exam, the supervisor will need to unlock the exam for the student to continue. They may need to report the possible breach to NZQA.

Device set up checklist

 Make sure: 

  • The device meets the specifications for a digital exam
  • the device is fully charged and will last for at least three hours or has access to a power source.
  • the device is free of viruses.
  • screensavers and automatic notifications have been turned off.
  • The browser is set to full screen.
  • if the device is touchscreen, a physically attached keyboard is being used.
  • the device is connected to the internet through the school’s WiFi connection, or a cabled connection.
  • A language keyboard is installed and enabled, for students answering in Te Reo Māori or a foreign language, as appropriate for the subject.

Language keyboards

For students responding in Te Reo Māori or language exams where students are responding in the target language, setting up a device includes installing and testing the appropriate language keyboard.

Instructions on how to set up a language keyboard can be found in the instructions below. 

Device and browser specific set up instructions

You can find detailed instructions on setting up your device by clicking on the links in this table:

How do I disable notifications?

Chrome OS Microsoft Windows Apple Mac

How do I disable my screensaver?

Chrome OS Microsoft Windows Apple Mac

How do I disable/schedule automatic updates?

Chrome OS Microsoft Windows Apple Mac

How do I update my browser?

Google Chrome Safari (Mac)  

How do I set my browser to fullscreen?

Google Chrome Safari (Mac)  

How do I install and enable a language keyboard?

Chrome OS Microsoft Windows Apple Mac
 
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