Web delivery

Applies to the following products: 
Questionmark Perception
Applies to the following Perception versions: 
Perception 5.7
Perception 5.4
Perception 5.1

An assessment scheduled for web delivery can be taken by participants with any modern Internet browser. In most cases, this is all that is required to take the assessment. However, in some situations additional software may be required, such as if the assessment includes Adobe Flash or PDF content. For the complete system requirements for participants to take web-delivered assessments, please refer to Delivering assessments in the Enterprise Manager User Guide.

Browser Checker

The Browser Checker is an application for Perception that can check the configuration of a participant's browser before the assessment is delivered. This can ensure that the browser on which the assessment is being taken meets certain minimum requirements - the assessment will only be delivered if it meets these requirements.

For more information on the Browser Checker, please refer to Delivering assessments in the Enterprise Manager User Guide.

There are several different methods of taking assessments with web delivery:

  • Open access - no security provided, suitable for low-stakes assessments such as quizzes and surveys
  • Secure access - medium security provided, suitable for low and medium stakes assessments
  • Certified access at a test center - Only a Monitor assigned to a test center can authorize the assessment to be taken
  • Questionmark Secure - high security provided, recommended for medium and high-stakes assessments such as exams and tests

These methods are described below.

The user interface presented to participants is also available in various languages if you are delivering assessments via open, secure and certified test center access. The different user interface languages can also be used with Questionmark Secure. For details about the default languages available, please refer to:

Open access

If an assessment allows open access, participants do not need to supply a valid username and password when logging in to Perception. On the Log-in page, they can enter any name and group to log-in.

Once logged-in, participants will be able to view a list of all assessments that allow open access. From this list they will be able to take of any open access assessment.

Assessment authors can specify whether an assessment will allow open access when the assessment is created in Authoring Manager. For more information, refer to Creating an assessment.

Secure access

Assessments that have been scheduled to participants can only be taken by the scheduled participants, at the scheduled time and in the scheduled manner.

To log in, participants must enter a valid username and password. Once logged in, they will be able to view a list of all assessments scheduled to them. From this list they will be able to take assessments.

Certified access at a test center

Test Centers are locations where Perception administrators can schedule participants to take assessments.

Monitors are proctors or invigilators assigned to a Test Center who can authorize assessments to be taken by participants at the Test Center.

When an assessment is scheduled for delivery at a test center, the monitor must first log in to Perception to authorize the assessment. The Test Center ID must be specified, as well as the monitor's own name and password.

If the monitor is successfully authorized, the participant can then log-in to Perception and take the scheduled assessment.

Questionmark Secure

Most browsers are designed to be as open and flexible as possible. Because of this, when delivering secure assessments such as tests and exams online far more security is required than most browsers can provide. Questionmark Secure provides a secure environment in which to deliver high-stakes assessments. It is easy to install and run, requires no special configuration and will work with most browsers. Simply install Questionmark Secure on your PC and start taking high-stakes tests in confidence.

When Questionmark Secure is started, it will go to the defined starting URL and display the secure content in the following way:

  • The display is always full screen - it’s not possible to maximize or minimize it
  • There are no menu bars
  • Questionmark Secure displays its own toolbar
  • There is no Windows caption bar
  • A vertical scroll bar is always displayed
  • A horizontal scroll bar will appear if needed
  • The contents of the screen displayed is exactly the same as in Internet Explorer
  • None of the pages visited are stored in Internet Explorer’s history listing

Once installed, Questionmark Secure will open automatically whenever the participant clicks a link to an assessment that requires Questionmark Secure. When the assessment is completed, Questionmark Secure will close and the participant will be returned to the browser from which the assessment was called.

Before participants can begin using Questionmark Secure they will need to install Questionmark Secure on their machines. If Questionmark Secure is not installed, secure assessments won't start- when participants attempt to take a secure assessment without Questionmark Secure installed, they will be directed to the Questionmark Secure download page, where they can obtain Questionmark Secure.

When creating an assessment, authors can specify whether the assessment must be taken with Questionmark Secure. Refer to Creating an assessment for information on how to do so.

For more information on Questionmark Secure, please refer to the Questionmark Secure area of the Questionmark web site.

User Interface Language options

The User Interface presented to participants has been translated into various languages by Questionmark. It is possible to add further languages if required, but the default languages that are available are listed below:

  • Afrikaans
  • Arabic
  • Bengali
  • Deutsch - German
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Hindi
  • Italiano - Italian
  • Japanese
  • Norsk - Norwegian
  • Nederlands - Dutch
  • Punjabi
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Svenska - Swedish
  • Urdu
  • Xhosa
  • Chinese
  • Zulu

The language displayed can be chosen by the participant when they log in to take an assessment using the available drop-down box: