Digital exams device check

Device set up is an important part of getting ready for a digital exam.

Use the device check table below to see if your operating system, screen resolution and browser meet the specifications for a digital exam.

Then, make sure you’ve set up your device correctly by using the device set up list.

If you’re doing a language exam or Te Reo Rangatira, you’ll also need to check you have a language keyboard downloaded (if you’re using one) and have headphones you can bring to the exam.

If you run into any issues, guides for how to complete common tasks can be found under device and browser specific set up instructions.

Device check table

If your device does not meet the requirements for a digital exam, it will need to be updated and re-tested. If this isn’t possible, use a different device.These results are only valid at the time of testing, on the device tested.

Device set up

As well as your device meeting the specifications for a digital exam, you’ll also need to make sure it:

  • is free of viruses
  • has notifications, updates and the screensaver disabled
  • has a physically attached keyboard
  • is fully charged and will last for 3 hours or has access to a power source
  • is connected to the school’s WiFi
  • is compatible with your headphones (if you’re doing a listening standard as part of a digital language or Te Reo Rangatira exam).

Headphones for Te Reo Rangatira and digital language exams

All L1-3 digital language exams and the Te Reo Rangatira L2 (standard 91777) exam require headphones, as the listening part of these exams uses an audio file.

For L1-3 Te Reo Rangatira exams a voiceover option is available so you can listen to as well as read the exam instructions, questions and resources.

You’ll need headphones with good sound quality that are connected to your device before the exam starts.

You can get familiar with the audio function for the listening component in all digital languages and the Te Reo Rangatira L2 exams, and the voiceover option for Te Reo Rangatira, by looking at 2020 past exams. 

Language keyboards for language exams and responding in Te Reo Māori

If you’re answering your exam in Te Reo Māori or the target language of a language exam, make sure you install a language keyboard before the exam and are familiar with how it works.

Instructions on how to install a language keyboard on your device can be found in the links below:

Device and browser specific set up instructions

Find out how to set up your device below.

Disabling notifications

Chrome OS Microsoft Windows Apple Mac

Disabling screensaver

Chrome OS Microsoft Windows Apple Mac

Disabling/scheduling automatic updates

Chrome OS Microsoft Windows Apple Mac

Updating the browser

Google Chrome Safari (Mac)  

Setting browser to fullscreen

Google Chrome Safari (Mac)  

Installing and enabling a language keyboard

Chrome OS Microsoft Windows Apple Mac

Shortcut keys in digital exams

You can use certain shortcut keys in a digital exam. Shortcuts available and what they do are in the table below.

Other shortcuts have been disabled, to reduce the likelihood of you losing work or accidentally moving away from the exam browser.

Shortcut Keys

What it does

Ctrl/Cmd+A

Select everything on a page.

Ctrl/Cmd+Z

Undo

Ctrl/Cmd+Y

Redo

Ctrl/Cmd+C

Copy selected text

Ctrl/Cmd+V

Paste selected text

Ctrl/Cmd+X

Cut selected text

Ctrl/Cmd+0

Return to default page magnification setting (100%)

Ctrl/Cmd+B

Mark as Bold

Ctrl/Cmd+I

Mark as Italics

Ctrl/Cmd+U

Underline

Ctrl/Cmd+(- or +)

Zoom in or out of a page, "-" will zoom out and "+" will zoom in on the page.

Insert/Ins

Toggle between adding text and overwriting text 

School information

How your school manages devices depends on whether you use BYOD or school-provided devices.

Below are some tips to help you plan for device management during digital exams.

Testing and setting up devices for digital exams

This can be time consuming, especially if different kinds of devices are being used. Think about how students can assist with checking and setting up devices alongside your IT support; for example, setting aside time for classes to check their devices together, with an IT support person available if they run into any issues.

Self-management for BYOD

If you are a BYOD school, you may want students to more actively manage their device set up. Long term, consider recommending similar or the same device for all students to make set up easier. Talk to students and whānau about device requirements too.

Between exams

As you begin to increase the number of digital exam sessions, you will have more days where two or more digital sessions occur. Make sure power sources are available to charge devices between morning and afternoon sessions.
Find someone to manage the charging of devices (if required) and check all devices between sessions; for example, ensuring browsers from the previous exam have been closed.

Back up device

Sometimes, devices will fail in an exam; they run out of battery or freeze, so it’s preferable to, have back up devices for students, so they can easily recommence their work on the digital exam platform. If that’s not possible, moving to paper remains an option.

 
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