Take a Test JavaScript API

Take a Test is a browser-based UWP app that renders locked-down online assessments for high-stakes testing, allowing educators to focus on the assessment content rather than how to provide a secure testing environment. To achieve this, it uses a JavaScript API that any web application can utilize. The Take-a-test API supports the SBAC browser API standard for high stakes common core testing.

See the Take a Test app technical reference for more information about the app itself. For troubleshooting help, see Troubleshoot Microsoft Take a Test with the event viewer.

Reference documentation

The Take a Test APIs exist in the following namespaces. Note that all of the APIs depend on a global SecureBrowser object.

Namespace Description
security namespace Contains APIs that enable you to lock down the device for testing and enforce a testing environment.

Security namespace

The security namespace allows you to lock down the device, check the list of user and system processes, obtain MAC and IP addresses, and clear cached web resources.

Method Description
lockDown Locks down the device for testing.
isEnvironmentSecure Determines whether the lockdown context is still applied to the device.
getDeviceInfo Gets details about the platform on which the testing application is running.
examineProcessList Gets the list of running user and system processes.
close Closes the browser and unlocks the device.
getPermissiveMode Checks if permissive mode is on or off.
setPermissiveMode Toggles permissive mode on or off.
emptyClipBoard Clears the system clipboard.
getMACAddress Gets the list of MAC addresses for the device.
getStartTime Gets the time that the testing app was started.
getCapability Queries whether a capability is enabled or disabled.
setCapability Enables or disables the specified capability.
isRemoteSession Checks if the current session is logged in remotely.
isVMSession Checks if the current session is running in a virtual machine.

lockDown

Locks down the device. Also used to unlock the device. The testing web application will invoke this call prior to allowing students to start testing. The implementer is required to take any actions necessary to secure the testing environment. The steps taken to secure the environment are device specific and for example, include aspects such as disabling screen captures, disabling voice chat when in secure mode, clearing the system clipboard, entering into a kiosk mode, disabling Spaces in OSX 10.7+ devices, etc. The testing application will enable lockdown before an assessment commences and will disable the lockdown when the student has completed the assessment and is out of the secure test.

Syntax
void SecureBrowser.security.lockDown(Boolean enable, Function onSuccess, Function onError);

Parameters

  • enable - true to run the Take-a-Test app above the lock screen and apply policies discussed in this document. false stops running Take-a-Test above the lock screen and closes it unless the app is not locked down; in which case there is no effect.
  • onSuccess - [optional] The function to call after the lockdown has been successfully enabled or disabled. It must be of the form Function(Boolean currentlockdownstate).
  • onError - [optional] The function to call if the lockdown operation failed. It must be of the form Function(Boolean currentlockdownstate).

Requirements
Windows 10, version 1709


isEnvironmentSecure

Determines whether the lockdown context is still applied to the device. The testing web application will invoke this prior to allowing students to start testing and periodically when inside the test.

Syntax
void SecureBrowser.security.isEnvironmentSecure(Function callback);

Parameters

  • callback - The function to call when this function completes. It must be of the form Function(String state) where state is a JSON string containing two fields. The first is the secure field, which will show true only if all necessary locks have been enabled (or features disabled) to enable a secure testing environment, and none of these have been compromised since the app entered the lockdown mode. The other field, messageKey, includes other details or information that is vendor-specific. The intent here is to allow vendors to put additional information that augments the boolean secure flag:
{
    'secure' : "true/false",
    'messageKey' : "some message"
}

Requirements
Windows 10, version 1709


getDeviceInfo

Gets details about the platform on which the testing application is running. This is used to augment any information that was discernible from the user agent.

Syntax
void SecureBrowser.security.getDeviceInfo(Function callback);

Parameters

  • callback - The function to call when this function completes. It must be of the form Function(String infoObj) where infoObj is a JSON string containing several fields. The following fields must be supported:
    • os represents the OS type (for example: Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android, etc.)
    • name represents the OS release name, if any (for example: Sierra, Ubuntu).
    • version represents the OS version (for example: 10.1, 10 Pro, etc.)
    • brand represents the secure browser branding (for example: OAKS, CA, SmarterApp, etc.)
    • model represents the device model for mobile devices only; null/unused for desktop browsers.

Requirements
Windows 10, version 1709


examineProcessList

Gets the list of all processes running on the client machine owned by the user. The testing application will invoke this to examine the list and compare it with a list of processes that have been deemed blacklisted during testing cycle. This call should be invoked both at the start of an assessment and periodically while the student is taking the assessment. If a blacklisted process is detected, the assessment should be stopped to preserve test integrity.

Syntax
void SecureBrowser.security.examineProcessList(String[] blacklistedProcessList, Function callback);

Parameters

  • blacklistedProcessList - The list of processes that the testing application has blacklisted.
    callback - The function to invoke once the active processes have been found. It must be in the form: Function(String foundBlacklistedProcesses) where foundBlacklistedProcesses is in the form: "['process1.exe','process2.exe','processEtc.exe']". It will be empty if no blacklisted processes were found. If it is null, this indicates that an error occurred in the original function call.

Remarks The list does not include system processes.

Requirements
Windows 10, version 1709


close

Closes the browser and unlocks the device. The testing application should invoke this when the user elects to exit the browser.

Syntax
void SecureBrowser.security.close(restart);

Parameters

  • restart - This parameter is ignored but must be provided.

Remarks In Windows 10, version 1607, the device must be locked down initially. In later versions, this method closes the browser regardless of whether the device is locked down.

Requirements
Windows 10, version 1709


getPermissiveMode

The testing web application should invoke this to determine if permissive mode is on or off. In permissive mode, a browser is expected to relax some of its stringent security hooks to allow assistive technology to work with the secure browser. For example, browsers that aggressively prevent other application UIs from presenting on top of them might want to relax this when in permissive mode.

Syntax
void SecureBrowser.security.getPermissiveMode(Function callback)

Parameters

  • callback - The function to invoke when this call completes. It must be in the form: Function(Boolean permissiveMode) where permissiveMode indicates whether the browser is currently in permissive mode. If it is undefined or null, an error occurred in the get operation.

Requirements
Windows 10, version 1709


setPermissiveMode

The testing web application should invoke this to toggle permissive mode on or off. In permissive mode, a browser is expected to relax some of its stringent security hooks to allow assistive technology to work with the secure browser. For example, browsers that aggressively prevent other application UIs from presenting on top of them might want to relax this when in permissive mode.

Syntax
void SecureBrowser.security.setPermissiveMode(Boolean enable, Function callback)

Parameters

  • enable - The Boolean value indicating the intended permissive mode status.
  • callback - The function to invoke when this call completes. It must be in the form: Function(Boolean permissiveMode) where permissiveMode indicates whether the browser is currently in permissive mode. If it is undefined or null, an error occurred in the set operation.

Requirements
Windows 10, version 1709


emptyClipBoard

Clears the system clipboard. The testing application should invoke this to force clear any data that may be stored in the system clipboard. The lockDown function also performs this operation.

Syntax
void SecureBrowser.security.emptyClipBoard();

Requirements
Windows 10, version 1709


getMACAddress

Gets the list of MAC addresses for the device. The testing application should invoke this to assist in diagnostics.

Syntax
void SecureBrowser.security.getMACAddress(Function callback);

Parameters

  • callback - The function to invoke when this call completes. It must be in the form: Function(String addressArray) where addressArray is in the form: "['00:11:22:33:44:55','etc']".

Remarks
It is difficult to rely on source IP addresses to distinguish between end user machines within the testing servers because firewalls/NATs/Proxies are commonly in use at the schools. The MAC addresses allow the app to distinguish end client machines behind a common firewall for diagnostics purposes.

Requirements
Windows 10, version 1709


getStartTime

Gets the time that the testing app was started.

Syntax
DateTime SecureBrowser.settings.getStartTime();

Return
A DateTime object indicating the time the testing app was started.

Requirements
Windows 10, version 1709


getCapability

Queries whether a capability is enabled or disabled.

Syntax
Object SecureBrowser.security.getCapability(String feature)

Parameters
feature - The string to determine which capability to query. Valid capability strings are "screenMonitoring", "printing", and "textSuggestions" (case insensitive).

Return Value
This function returns either a JavaScript Object or literal with the form: {<feature>:true|false}. true if the queried capability is enabled, false if the capability is not enabled or the capability string is invalid.

Requirements Windows 10, version 1703


setCapability

Enables or disables a specific capability on the browser.

Syntax
void SecureBrowser.security.setCapability(String feature, String value, Function onSuccess, Function onError)

Parameters

  • feature - The string to determine which capability to set. Valid capability strings are "screenMonitoring", "printing", and "textSuggestions" (case insensitive).
  • value - The intended setting for the feature. It must be either "true" or "false".
  • onSuccess - [optional] The function to call after the set operation has been completed successfully. It must be of the form Function(String jsonValue) where jsonValue is in the form: {<feature>:true|false|undefined}.
  • onError - [optional] The function to call if the set operation failed. It must be of the form Function(String jsonValue) where jsonValue is in the form: {<feature>:true|false|undefined}.

Remarks
If the targeted feature is unknown to the browser, this function will pass a value of undefined to the callback function.

Requirements Windows 10, version 1703


isRemoteSession

Checks if the current session is logged in remotely.

Syntax
Boolean SecureBrowser.security.isRemoteSession();

Return value
true if the current session is remote, otherwise false.

Requirements
Windows 10, version 1709


isVMSession

Checks if the current session is running within a virtual machine.

Syntax
Boolean SecureBrowser.security.isVMSession();

Return value
true if the current session is running in a virtual machine, otherwise false.

Remarks
This API check can only detect VM sessions that are running in certain hypervisors that implement the appropriate APIs

Requirements
Windows 10, version 1709