A large countdown, starting from ten, is appearing on a student’s PowerTest screen and the student’s test is timing out.

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PowerTest has a built-in security measure that we refer to as kiosk mode. Kiosk mode is intended to prevent students from accessing other computer programs during testing in an effort to mitigate the possibility of cheating. When PowerTest detects the student attempting to navigate away from PowerTest or open another program, kiosk mode is activated. The student’s screen goes black and begins to count down from ten in large white numbers. If a student navigates back to PowerTest while it is counting down, the countdown pauses and the student can resume testing. If the student does not navigate back to PowerTest before the countdown reaches its end, the student is locked out of the assessment and the student’s exam has to be reset before the student can log back in and resume testing.


In some instances, kiosk mode may be triggered by other sources such as automatic updates attempting to install, a screen saver activating , the Windows key being pressed on a PC, the Apple key being pressed on a Mac, or a variety of key strokes (ESC, F3, F4, F7, F11, CTRL+SHIFT+TAB, and ALT TAB). If a teacher is able to confirm that a student is receiving this kiosk function without intentionally leaving iTest or hitting any of the aforementioned keystrokes, they should contact an ITRT to see if the operation is being triggered by another program on that student’s computer.