iPad Configuration for Remote Testing

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Guided Access

Guided Access (see https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202612) limits your device to a single app and lets you control which features are available. You can turn on Guided Access when you let a child use your device, or when accidental gestures might distract you. Guided Access will allow you to completely lock down access on the iPad to a single App (IVA-TS for example) such that Gestures, App notifications and Home button presses will not accidentally interrupt the test administration.

Set up Guided Access

  1. Go to Settings > Accessibility, then turn on “Guided Access.”
  2. Tap “Passcode Settings“, then tap “Set Guided Access Passcode.”
  3. Enter a passcode, then re-enter it. From here, you can also turn on Face ID or Touch ID as a way to end a Guided Access session. We recommend either setting the same password as your Login password for your iPad or recording the password somewhere as you will need it to turn Guided Access off after a test.

Start a Guided Access session

  1. Open the app that you want.
  2. Triple-click the Home button.
  3. Tap Guided Access, then tap Start.

To End a Guided Access session

  1. Triple-click the Side or Home button
  2. Enter your Guided Access passcode. If you have forgotten your Guided Access passcode, you can perform a Forced Restart to reboot the device, then login with your Touch ID or Login Pin.  (see https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT210631 for more information).
  3. Tap End at the top of the screen.

If you choose not to use “Guided Access” you will need to configure several other device options individually to prevent interruptions during the test.  Note that pressing the device “Home” button will still cause a test interruption if Guided Access is not used.

1. Disable Notifications
It is important that you set up your iOS Remote Testing Device correctly and disable notifications. You can do so by going into the settings options of your RTD and selecting “Notifications”. Under the table titled “Notification Style” you will see a list of the apps that have notifications enabled. For each app select it and turn off the button option “Allow Notifications.” (see example)

2. Disable Gestures
You also need to go to the “Settings” and select the “General Options” on your iPad.  Under the “General” options, select “Multitasking & Dock” and disable the option called “Gestures.” (see example)

3. Disable “Multiple Apps”
You also need to go to the “Settings” and select the “General” and then “Multitasking & Dock” on your iPad.  Under “Allow Multiple Apps” set to “Off.”

4. Disable Auto-Lock (set to Never)
You also need to go to the “Settings” and select the “Display & Brightness” on your iPad.  Set the option under “Auto-Lock” to “Never.”  If left on a timed basis, then if there is no response detected on the iPad for the set period of time, the iPad could attempt to Lock and interrupt the test.

5. Set “Do not Disturb”
You also need to go to the “Settings” and select the “Do Not Disturb” on your iPad.  Set to “On” to prevent Notifications or calls from interrupting the test.

6. Set “Access Within Apps” to “Off
You also need to go to the “Settings” and select the “Control Center” then “Access Within Apps” on your iPad.  Set to “Off”.  This will prevent swiping from the top of the screen opening the Control Center and interrupting the test.

7. Disable “Background App Refresh”
You also need to go to the “Settings” and select the “General” options on your iPad.  Under the “General” options, select “BackGround App Refresh” and set to “Off.”  This will prevent automatic app updates from interfering with test administration.

8. Disable “ASK Siri”
You also need to go to the “Settings” and select the “Siri & Search” on your iPad.  Under the “Siri & Search” options, disable “Listen for “Hey Siri”” and “Press Home for Siri.”

If you choose to use the iPhone as an RTD, you will need to disable Notifications along with Gestures as described above AND set the phone in Airplane mode with WIFI enable. When the phone is set in Airplane mode it will not ring or receive messages, but with WIFI active (by tapping the WIFI button after setting the phone in Airplane mode) the test data can be automatically saved.

iPhone Specific Settings – Airplane Mode
If you choose to use the iPhone as an RTD, you will need to disable Notifications along with Gestures as described above AND set the phone in Airplane mode with WIFI enable. When the phone is set in Airplane mode it will not ring or receive messages, but with WIFI active (by tapping the WIFI button after setting the phone in Airplane mode) the test data can be automatically saved.

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