Monitoring an Assessment/Exam

Education Perfect enables teachers to monitor assigned work, to ensure they are sat under exam conditions or that students are focused on their work in class.

This feature helps simplify invigilation by notifying the teacher if students are off task or having connection issues. In this article, we'll explain how to use this feature.

Enabling Monitored Assessment Mode

Monitored Assessment Mode complements a vigilant teacher in the exam room, but doesn't replace them.

Overall responsibility for the integrity of the assessment stays with the teacher. If remote learning, we recommend running a video call simultaneously.

Open Assessments from your dashboard and choose + Assign.

Full instructions for assigning an assessment can be found here

Assessment tab and +Assign button

When assigning your Assessment or Quiz, check that Full Screen is ticked in the Options > Security section. EP will switch this on by default, but it's worth checking!

enabling full screen mode

The limitations of Monitored Assessment Mode


Our monitoring system is not available on Safari due to limitations in Safari itself. If your students are using a Mac, they'll need to use Google Chrome or Firefox instead. Students using Safari will be unable to begin the assessment if Full Screen has been switched on.

Some features within Mac OS reduce the effectiveness of our monitoring. If your students are using a Mac device, we recommend extra vigilance as they complete their assessments.

Handheld devices (iPad/tablet and mobile phone)

Full-screen monitor mode is not available in browsers on iPad/tablet. Students must download and use the Student App.

Assessments are not available in any capacity on mobile phones.

How to use Monitored Assessment Mode

Once your assessment is set up with Full Screen enabled, navigate to the Monitor tab of the assessment. Here you'll see a timeline of events occurring for the students sitting the assessment. 

The Monitor tab is available for all assessments, but with Full Screen enabled you'll have more insight into student actions.

monitor tab navigation

Problems will be displayed as a symbol in the feed. In the image below we can see that Albracca Blanc previously left their exam without submitting it.

monitor tab example

Students are required to be in full-screen mode when completing their assessments. If they attempt to navigate to another page, click away from the window, or exit full-screen mode they will receive a large red warning.

Students using the Education Perfect app on their tablets, iPads, or Chromebooks will not be shown a warning message when they go off task. 

Showing warning sign for students who aren’t in full-screen mode or attempting to navigate to another page

Icons in the Monitor tab

Icons are denoted by text, but if you're unsure, a breakdown of the different icons you might see can be found below:

Icon Description
force submit Assessment was force submitted by a teacher.
reopen icon Assessment has been reopened by a teacher.
time extended Time allowed for the assessment was extended by a teacher.
Assessment locked Assessment was locked by a teacher (students are unable to access the assessment).
Assessment unlocked Assessment unlocked by a teacher (students can access the assessment again).
lost focus The student has lost focus on the exam window. They may have clicked into another tab or window during Full Screen mode.

The item may also mention Spotlight, which is a MacOS 'search' feature, which also has a calculator. Read more about Spotlight here.
left full screen The student has left full screen mode (and has minimised their window).
no wifi The student is experiencing internet connection issues. This could be due to a weak connection.
exited without submitting The student has exited their assessment without submitting it.
submitted successfully The student has successfully submitted their assessment.

For any questions, please reach out to our team!

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