Explanation of Item Locks

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Secure items feature one of the four following item locks. Locks appear to the right of the item stem.

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  • Blue Padlock: If an unused and unreserved item is placed on a secure exam that item is considered secure (indicated by an unbroken blue lock). Although the item was not reserved for secure testing, it became secure when added to the secure exam.
  • Broken Blue Padlock: If an implicitly secure item is purposely placed on a non-secure exam that item is now considered to be implicitly secure, but compromised.  Such items are indicated by a “broken” blue lock icon.
  • Red Padlock: An unused item may be explicitly reserved for secure testing purposed by right clicking an item and choosing “Reserve” from the context menu. An unbroken red lock appears meaning the item is reserved for secure testing and has not been compromised by exposure on a non-secure exam.
  • Broken Red Padlock: If an explicitly secure item (indicated by an unbroken red lock icon) is purposely placed on a non-secure exam, the item is then considered to be explicitly reserved, but compromised.  Such items are indicated by a “broken” red lock icon.