Configuring a test for SecureClient

WARNING: This article refers to an area of Surpass that uses Flash, which is no longer supported by web browsers. Use the Surpass Viewer to view this area of Surpass. For more information, read Installing the Surpass Viewer.
NOTE: For information on what devices SecureClient is supported, read System Requirements.

SecureClient is a desktop delivery app with offline test support and built-in protections against internet and device failure. SecureClient features lockdown capabilities that prevent candidates from leaving the test session and accessing any other apps on their device. You can configure SecureClient for Flash tests and HTML tests.

This article explains how to create and configure a test for SecureClient, including how to set up Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) mode.

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1. Create a test

To view the Tests screen, go to Test Creation > Tests. For more information about the Tests screen, read About the Tests screen.

2. Select Create Test

Select Create Test on the Tests screen.

In the Create Test dialog, select Create New Test.

TIP: You can also copy an existing test. For more information, read Cloning tests.

3. Enter test information

Fill out the fields in the Create Test dialog to create a new blank test.

NOTE: The following characters are not supported in the Test Name and Test Ref. fields: '" <> &

Fill out your new test’s information in the Create Test dialog. Refer to the following table for information on each field.

Setting Description
Subject Choose the subject that contains the items you want to include in your test.
Test Name Enter a name for your test. This is visible to Surpass users and candidates.
Test Ref Enter an alphanumeric reference. The reference is visible to Surpass users, but not candidates. The reference must be unique.
Content is

Choose the test delivery type. If your test is delivered on a computer, select On-screen. If your test is delivered on paper, select Paper-based.

NOTE: Paper based tests are a legacy setting and only applicable to ContentProducer content. For most users, this option is greyed out. Only certain item types are compatible with paper tests. For more information, read Printing test forms in Test Creation.

4. Configure test for SecureClient delivery

Select the General Settings tab in the Edit Test dialog. For more information about test settings, read About test settings.

To set up a test for SecureClient delivery, configure the following settings in Edit Test > General Settings > Test Delivery Options:

Setting Description
Requires SecureClient

Enables SecureClient delivery. If selected, the test must be delivered in SecureClient.

NOTE: This setting is not available for computer based projects.
SecureClient Mode

Determines the delivery mode. Choose from the following two options:

  • Unlocked – This allows candidates to access other applications during the test.
  • Locked – This locks the screen so that candidates can only access what is displayed in SecureClient.

Setting up BYOD mode (optional)

IMPORTANT: If you are interested in using the BYOD SecureClient, speak with your Surpass Account Manager.

A Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) version of SecureClient can be used to deliver tests. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) refers to when candidates are allowed to take tests at a test centre on their personal machines rather than devices provided by the awarding organisation or test centre.

For more information on BYOD SecureClient, read ‘Delivering tests using BYOD SecureClient’ in About Surpass test delivery options.

When you have created your test, you can create test forms containing test content in the Test Forms screen. For full instructions, read the Creating test forms and About test form settings articles.

Further reading

For more information on configuring tests, see the following articles: