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Appendix F – FastTest WebLock

Overview of WebLock

FastTest’s WebLock is a client application that is installed to a local computer. It provides a custom interface for the Internet Explorer (Windows) or Safari (Mac) software that is already installed on the computer. It does not modify an existing copy of Internet Explorer or Safari, but rather, installs a separate program that will display the custom browser when it is started.  WebLock uses the same security features and service packs that are currently installed for Internet Explorer or Safari. Installing WebLock won’t modify the current version of Internet Explorer or Safari in any way.

WebLock creates a “locked” testing environment for your assessments and includes the following features:

  • Assessments are displayed full-screen and cannot be minimized
  • Assessments cannot be exited until submitted by users for grading
  • Task switching or access to other applications is prevented
  • Printing functions are disabled
  • Print Screen and capturing functions are disabled
  • Copying and pasting anything to and from an assessment is prohibited
  • Right-click menu options are disabled (Windows); key + click options are disabled (Mac)
  • Browser menu and toolbar options are disabled except Back, Forward, Refresh and Stop
  • Function keys (F1-F12) are disabled
  • Source code for the HTML page cannot be viewed
  • URLs cannot be typed by the user
  • Hundreds of screen capture, messaging, screen-sharing and network monitoring applications are blocked from running
  • The browser automatically starts at the examinee login page
  • Links in questions that point to other servers don’t compromise the “locked” testing environment
  • Pages from the assessment aren’t cached or stored in the browser’s history listing
  • And many other features…

In FastTest, tests can be configured so that they MUST be delivered via WebLock. (See the Online Delivery Tab of the Edit Test Dialog.) This document describes how to install the WebLock browser on a computer, deliver a test in WebLock, and remove WebLock afterwards if so desired.

Step 1: Installing WebLock (once per computer)

  1. Before you start, ensure that:
    1. You have Admin rights to the computer that will be used
    2. The computer is connected to the internet
  2. Go to:
  3. Click: Download Weblock
  4. Run program and click yes or continue for all prompts. The installation will check whether you have Mac or Windows and install appropriately.

Note that Step 1 does not need to be done immediately before the student takes a test. It should be done ahead of time to ensure that the computer is ready for the test when the student is ready.

Click “Run” in the first screen.

The setup installer will then download.

Click “Run” on the next screen.

The installer will then open. Click “Next.”

Click “Next” to install in the default folder.

Click “Install” to run the installer.

Click “Finish” to close the installer and return to the browser.

Step 2: Launching WebLock (for each test session)

  1. Before you start, ensure that:
    1. The computer is connected to the internet
    2. All other programs are closed on the machine
  2. Go to:
  3. Enter the test code
  4. Click: Click here to launch FastTest WebLock and continue to the testing system. Click “Allow” if shown the screen below. You will have to turn off programs like Google Desktop and other auto start programs to start the test. To do this, right click the icon on the toolbar.
  5. The WebLock browser will then open to the examinee login screen as seen below.
  6. The WebLock browser will then open to the examinee login screen as seen below. You can be certain the WebLock browser is up if most of the buttons seen in normal browsers are gone, and there are only the few buttons seen in the upper left of the image below. Enter the Test Code, and click “Login.” The examinee can then take the test in a secure setting where he or she is not allowed to run any other programs, visit other websites, or access information on the computer.

Turning off (at end of each test session) And (Optionally) Uninstalling WebLock

  1. After the test is submitted, the examinee will be taken to a score report screen (if the test developer has designed such a report).
  2. After viewing results click: “Return to the examinee login page.” You can then leave the testing system by clicking “Exit”.
  3. If the specific computer is only being used for one test and no other test will be given via WebLock, you can remove the program.
    • In Windows XP, this can be found under Start -> Control Panel -> Add or Remove Programs.
    • In Windows Vista and Windows 7, it is located at Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features.

If the computer loses power or internet connection, the proctor can restart the exam by starting WebLock again and reentering the Test Code.

WebLock Troubleshooting

There are two versions of WebLock; one for computers running Mac OS and one for computers running Windows OS/OSX. WebLock is not compatible with Chromebook as well as Linux, as there are security workarounds that WebLock cannot manage.

A number of programs interfere with WebLock, this is because WebLock is designed to provide tight test security. If WebLock is not functioning properly, try the following troubleshooting steps:

  • Close all programs
    • On Windows machines this can be done using Task Manager (ctrl+alt+delete)
    • On Apple machines this can be done using Force Quit (⌘+options+esc)
  • Clear all browser add-on’s and plug-ins.
    • In Internet Explorer this can be done by selecting the options icon or Tools in the upper right hand corner and choosing internet optionsadvanced, and selecting reset to default.
    • In Safari, this can be done by selecting Safari in the menu at the top of the browser, and choosing reset Safari, and following the prompts.

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