Educational Software Thread, Pearson onscreen platform installation woes in Technical; Originally Posted by FN-GM
I hate to day it but i got mine installed in about 2 hours without issues. ...
6th February 2014, 06:14 PM #121
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Which steps? If you don't mind me asking....
Originally Posted by FN-GM
7th February 2014, 02:51 PM #122
Just to update anyone who cares, my demo test today worked fine!!
The difference? Changing to an IT suite that runs Windows 7.
I know we should be using that across the board anyway but we aren't and also, we have one room laid out specifically to be able to do onscreen exams (there are flip up wooden screens to isolate users into mini cubicles )
I think its worth pointing out that throughout the documentation it says that this software is fine on Windows XP. Their technical support told me the same thing. It's all a pack of LIES!!! Windows 7 - no issue at all.
Frustrated and angry..... but also mildly relieved as SLT were starting to breath down my neck
7th February 2014, 03:00 PM #123
We're the opposite. Couldnt get it to work on 7, whereas XP worked fine
13th February 2014, 12:42 PM #124
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Has anyone else found out just how shocking the test player software is to use?
It crashes so easily!
For example, try pressing crtl + alt + del and the test player dies in the middle of the exam.
We also had problems with students inadvertently pressing the calculator button on the keyboards which immediately stopped the test player running as it wasn't the 'main focus'.
Pearson's advice: un-program the 'special keys' on the keyboard... ummm... what!
13th February 2014, 12:43 PM #125
lol it's a joke Had to run it last week for the exam, and yeah shockingly bad... Silly system.
13th February 2014, 12:47 PM #126
Yes, we had 3 crash during our exam!
Originally Posted by le4ne
I have already fed back the keyboard shortcut issues to Pearson so hopefully they will release an update, until there is an update I am not installing this to any more suites.
13th February 2014, 01:03 PM #127
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Our last exam attempt was shockingly bad! The kids just think we are morons and the teachers just think there is a magic button we can press to make this ridiculous software work. I can only instruct the Exams Officer to complain to Edexcel.
13th February 2014, 01:06 PM #128
Sounds about right....
Originally Posted by booths
13th February 2014, 01:08 PM #129
our first exam is this afternoon at 13:30pm will let you know how it goes.
13th February 2014, 01:55 PM #130
Just so you know there is a shortcut to unlock the whole "lost focus" thing, we had that during testing so abused Pearson If you need to "unlock" it or whatever it's called.
13th February 2014, 01:58 PM #131
is this what happens if someone tries to get out of the exam software or plugs something in?
13th February 2014, 02:00 PM #132
It's as soon as the screen isn't "focus" as in the one your mouse/keyboard would type to. So if you hit WinKey, Alttab, ctrl-alt-del etc etc.
13th February 2014, 02:02 PM #133
ahh I see! so what's the shortcut to sort it?
13th February 2014, 02:04 PM #134
SHIFT-ALT-F12 brings up password box, after you put in password it gives options to either Terminate Test, or Unblock it. (If you don't know the pass I can do PM's but seems silly posting it here as not behind reddoor etc )
Thanks to Steve21 from:
jonnykewell1 (13th February 2014)
13th February 2014, 03:35 PM #135
well it all appears to have gone through without any problems! yay
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