For each operating system, the device configuration process is completed in three steps:
- Proceeding to a device diagnostic check
- Verifying the supported platforms
- Installing lock-down browsers
Step 1 – Proceeding to a device diagnostic check
A pre-administration hardware check will be available from the student login page of the e-assessment system to help identify devices which may not run well with the SEB or Kiosk lockdown browsers, or the Alternative or Direct Access to the e-assessment.
Step 2 – Verifying the supported platforms
|Operating System||Supported Browser List|
|Windows(Microsoft)||Google Chrome—updated version Mozilla Firefox—updated version Microsoft Edge—updated version|
|Mac OSX 10.13.6High Sierra or higher(Apple, MacBook)||Safari—updated version Google Chrome—updated version Mozilla Firefox—updated version|
|Mac iOS(Apple, iPad)||Safari—updated version|
|Android(tablet)||Google Chrome—updated version|
|Google Chrome(Chromebook)||Google Chrome—updated version|
Each combination of an operating system and a device require:
- a different browser locking software
- a different installation process
Step 3 – Installing the lock-down browsers
Safe Exam Browser
The SEB is a specialized web browser that restricts students’ access to external tools and resources while they are taking the Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics. The SEB-configuration file regulates access to system functions, other applications and other settings while also pointing the SEB to the Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics and performing a special “handshake” to validate security.
Option 1 – Installing and loading SEB on macOS
- Ensure that your operating system version is higher than 10.13.6 (see Find out which macOS your Mac is using).
- Download the macOS Safe Exam Browser.
- Open the SEB-configuration file.
- Enter the password in the login screen.
Option 2 – Installing and loading SEB on iOS
- Download the SEB-configuration file.
- In the Downloads folder of your iPad, open the SEB-configuration file.
- Enter the SEB password.
- Log in with your email and password.
Option 3 – Installing and loading SEB on Windows
1. Download the Safe Exam Browser Installer.
2. Run the SafeExamBrowserInstaller.exe file.
3. Follow the instructions of the InstallShield Wizard.
4. Open the Safe Exam Browser.
5. Follow the instructions of the InstallShield Wizard.
6. Open the Safe Exam Browser.
7. Open the SEB-configuration file.
8. Enter the password in the login screen.
The Kiosk application can be used on Chromebook devices to restrict a student’s ability to access external resources or tools outside the assessment. Within the Kiosk application, students cannot access the Internet or take pictures or screenshots. Kiosk mode does not affect the student’s ability to interact with the questions or use the assessment tools.
Step 1 – Installing the Kiosk app on a Chromebook
1. Open the Chrome browser.
3. On the application page, click Add to Chrome.
4. Click Add extension in the confirmation dialog box.
Step 2 – Setting up the Kiosk app
- Click Kiosk on the home screen.
- Navigate to the bottom of the screen and click Import Policy.
- Upload the Kiosk Policy Document.
- Check the Clear Cache on Save box.
- Click Save & Restart.
Step 3 – Exiting the Kiosk app
- Press Ctrl + A to select all.
- Enter the username and password found in the Kiosk Policy Document.
- Click Go.
- Press Esc.
- In the Chromebook shelf, right-click the Kiosk icon and click Close.
School administrators will indicate which student(s) require a specific software that is not compatible with either the SEB or the Kiosk application.
Only these students will be permitted to access the assessment through the EQAO login page.
Students not permitted to use this alternative access method will receive an error message if they try to access the assessment in this way.
Through the Direct Access option, students will be able to access the assessment directly by logging in through the EQAO login page. This option does not need to be installed and allows for the use of third-party software.
Students can access the assessment in this way if they are using the following:
- Windows devices, Macs, Chromebooks, Android tablets and iPads (Note: For iPads, the assessment will not be in full screen mode)
- Chrome, Firefox, Edge or Safari
- the Read&Write for Google Chrome extension
- the Read&Write downloadable application
The assessment accessed in this way maintains a level of security comparable to that for the assessment run in the Kiosk application.
Teachers will receive a notification in the e-assessment system if students, who access the assessment through the EQAO login page, perform an action that is not permitted (e.g., navigating away from or minimizing the page they are completing on the assessment). Teachers can investigate and allow the student to continue if there is a legitimate reason for the student’s action.
The Google Chrome extension bar is fully available when the assessment is accessed through the EQAO login page. This allows the student to use the Read&Write for Google Chrome or Google Translate extensions if the student requires these as part of an accommodation. Google Chrome extensions and the Google Chrome extension bar are not available through the SEB or Kiosk application. Instructions for Students using Direct Access:
- Launch the browser and open the EQAO website: www.eqao.com.
- Select Login in the upper-right corner of the web page.
- On the login page, click Login under the Students section.
- Enter the access code and the OEN that your teacher provides, and then click Sign In.
Students will be able to initiate the required browser extension or application following this process, prior to starting the assessment.
System Validations (by schools)
School administrators will validate that the lockdown software has been properly installed on the devices.