New iPad Feature Prevents Students From Cheating On Tests

During Apple’s WWDC keynote this morning, we noticed a big update to a little-known piece of the mobile operating software on iPads. In an effort to improve accessibility, Apple created a functionality called ‘Guided Access.’ It’s basically a way for you to take granular control over parts of the iPad that you never could before.

According to Apple, schools are using iPads to administer tests on a regular basis now. I can see this being helpful in 1:1 classrooms and those looking to make tests / pop quizzes a bit more interactive.

But, a big problem with giving tests on iPads is cheating.

Luckily, Apple has added in some controls to Guided Access that lets teachers turn off the ability to use Safari to look up answers while taking a test. In fact, you can disable and enable all sorts of custom controls. You can use ‘Single App Mode’ where a student can ONLY use the app that’s delivering the test.

This is available in iOS 6 just FYI.


  1. spanishplans

    June 11, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Sounds nice, but what if the test you are giving is Internet based?

  2. Jeff Dunn

    June 11, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    in that case, you could always lock down the browser to whitelist only the site that’s being used to administer the test. Hope that helps!

  3. @MisterD

    June 11, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Before we all get carried away, this sounds like a real hassle to implement in a class full of devices.

    I’ve adopted a wait and see attitude.

  4. ctmmrb

    June 12, 2012 at 6:56 am

    If they can look up the answers, you’re asking the wrong questions.

    • Tillman

      June 12, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      Ctmmrb, Agreed!