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BYOD Testing

Using Safe Exam Browser Browser in the Classroom

Safe Exam Browser (SEB) can be used to deliver online exams within Moodle, in the classroom. Instructors can administer online exams in the classroom where students will use their own device.

SEB will:

  • Lock assessments in full-screen and cannot be minimized.
  • Remove browser menu and toolbar options, except for Back, Forward, Refresh and Stop.
  • Prevents access to other applications including messaging, screen-sharing, virtual machines, and remote desktops.
  • Disable printing and screen capture functions.
  • Prevent copying and pasting anything to or from an assessment.
  • Disable right-click menu options, function keys, keyboard shortcuts, and task switching.

SEB and Limitations:

  • Students must have a broadband internet connection.
  • Students must use a Windows or Mac computer with a compatible operating system. iPads may be allowed by instructors. Linux is not a supported platform.
  • Students must be able to download and install the Safe Exam Browser. (This will happen the first time they open a Quiz).
  • Safe Exam Browser cannot be run on a virtual machine, this will not work with the NC State Virtual Computing Lab (our campus’s virtual computing environment).
  • Limits on allowable materials cannot be enforced (e.g., number of pages of notes).
  • Safe Exam Browser can only prevent the use of applications on the device where the student is taking the exam. The use of other devices is unaffected.
  • Instructors are responsible for activating and configuring SEB in Moodle.
  • Instructors or TAs will need to monitor students for non-permitted test materials such as notes or cell phones.

Tips on Settings:

  • Click “explain” for details on the various settings.
  • Click “preview” to get the student’s perspective.

Additional Resources

For help creating a quiz in Moodle, read our knowledge base article, Overview of Moodle Quizzes. There you will find links to video tutorials and other helpful resources. Questions can be directed to