Manage Exams: Enable Lost Focus Security

The Lost Focus Security feature will lock Students out of an Exam if they attempt to leave the Exam window to access other resources, websites, or software on their computer.

  • Students will not be able to leave or tab out of the Exam while this feature is turned on.
  • If a Student gets locked out of the Exam, the Exam Administrator will have to unlock the Student's account in order to allow them to re-access the Exam.
  • Each instance of a Student getting locked out will be tracked and included in Exam reports.

Path: Home > [Course Screen] > Assessment > Exams > Manage Exams

Select your Exam from Exam Manager listing to open that Exam in the Exam Editor.

Exam Editor
  • Click Advanced at the bottom of the screen.
Step 3: Set Lost Focus Security
  • Set Lost Focus Security to Yes.
  • Click Save to save your changes.
Student Experience
Student view
  • Upon entering the Exam, Students will see the message shown above, which indicates that Lost Focus Security is in effect.
  • Students will need to scroll to the bottom of the message and click the link provided to continue to their Exam.

Lock out triggered

Lock out triggered
  • If a Student attempts to tab out or leave the Exam window, the message shown above will appear and the Student will no longer have access to the Exam.

Administrator must grant access

Administrator must grant access
  • Upon trying to restart the Exam, the Student will see the message shown above.
Administrator Unlock
  • To unlock Students that have triggered the Lost Focus Security feature, navigate to the Course or Event Exam Manager where the Exam exists.
  • In the Exam Manager, click the Response(s) link corresponding to the Exam in question.

Locked Users

  • Click Locked Users to view a list of Students that have been locked out of their Exam.

Remove Lock

  • Once you click the Remove Lock link, you will receive a confirmation message.
  • Click OK to continue.
  • The Student can now access the Exam again.

NOTE: The Locked User Listing screen, shown above, refreshes approximately every 10 seconds.