Set up your iPad to give tests and assessments

When you give a test to your students, you can lock their iPad in to an assessment app and turn off features that you don't want them to use.

There are multiple methods to control how your students can use an iPad while testing. Use this table to pick the best assessment feature for your institution. Click the name of the feature to learn more about it.

Feature

Requires app support 

Requires supervision

Requires MDM

Requires additional restrictions

iOS requirements

Automatic Assessment Configuration

Yes

No

No

No

iOS 9.3.2 and later

Autonomous Single App Mode

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

iOS 7.1 and later

Single App Mode

No

Yes

No

Yes

iOS 7.1 and later

Guided Access

No

No

No

Yes

iOS 7.1 and later

Automatic Assessment Configuration

With iOS 9.3.2 and later, apps can automatically lock and configure iPad with Automatic Assessment Configuration. This feature allows approved assessment developers to build apps that lock an iPad in to a single app and turn off these features at launch:

  • Auto correct and spell checker
  • Predictive keyboard
  • Dictionary definition lookup
  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Sharing
  • Universal Clipboard
  • Dictation (only available in iOS 10.3 and later)

Check with your assessment provider to make sure that their app uses Automatic Assessment Configuration. 

Automatic Assessment Configuration requires no additional management or setup. If you turn on Single App Mode or Guided Access, that feature will supersede your app's restrictions.

This is the only method that automatically restricts keyboard and dictionary functions. If you use any other method to lock and configure an iPad, you must restrict these features separately. Learn more about restricting keyboard and dictionary functions.

Autonomous Single App Mode

Autonomous Single App Mode is a feature of assessment apps that locks iPad in to the app for testing. If your app doesn’t support Automatic Assessment Configuration, you can set up your iPad for Autonomous Single App Mode using Mobile Device Management (MDM) software. Your MDM software installs a profile that identifies your testing app on the device. 

Learn more about Mobile Device Management for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

If you use this method to lock and configure an iPad, you must restrict these features separately. Learn more about restricting keyboard and dictionary functions.

Single App Mode

When you turn on Single App Mode, you can also configure these restrictions and accessibility options:

  • Touch
  • Motion
  • Volume Buttons
  • Side Switch
  • Sleep/Wake Button
  • Auto-Lock
  • Speak Selection2
  • Mono Audio2
  • VoiceOver2
  • Zoom2
  • Invert Colors2
  • AssistiveTouch2

2.Turned off by default.

If you use this method to lock and configure an iPad, you must restrict these features separately. Learn more about restricting keyboard and dictionary functions.

Guided Access

Guided Access was designed to help students stay on task and focused on content. Because Guided Access is an accessibility feature for individual students, it requires that staff or teachers manually setup each device. This is not recommended for assessments.

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