You can log in to the on-screen test system Surpass.
OCR offers on-screen tests for qualifications in the Cambridge Technicals 2016 suite. This page provides guidance on how to get started, including links to detailed step-by-step instructions.
To offer OCR on-screen tests, you need to become approved and then set up to use the on-screen test system, Surpass:
Once your centre is approved and set up in Surpass, we will register the candidates you have made unit test entries for in Interchange or A2C. You will then be able to schedule practice tests for your candidates.
The software required to deliver the on-screen tests is known as SecureClient and this must be installed on all test computers.
To confirm you can use SecureClient, check your computers meet the minimum specifications required. You can download SecureClient and view troubleshooting advice in the Secure Delivery tab.
To sit a test, each candidate must be scheduled in Surpass:
For every schedule created, one or more records are added to the Schedule screen. For live tests, these will be locked 5 days before the start date. For practice tests, they will be locked 24 hours before the start date. Once locked, a keycode is created for each scheduled candidate. You can view keycodes in the Invigilate screen. The candidates need to enter their keycodes to start their test and a PIN may optionally be used as well.
Before any test sitting the room should be set up and the equipment prepared taking the relevant JCQ Instructions for conducting examinations into account.
The JCQ notice to candidates can be read out or be shared with the candidates.
You can download tests in advance if the Internet connection is slow, unreliable or you want the tests to be sat offline.
During the test sitting, the invigilator can monitor the candidate’s progress from the Invigilate screen in Surpass from where it is possible to:
Practice tests allow you to become familiar with the assessments and give candidates an idea of the type of questions they may face in a live test. The practice tests can be delivered in two ways:
Note that you will need to download and install Surpass Viewer to run these practice tests anonymously.
For all tests except Level 2 Cambridge Technicals in Digital Media unit 2C and Level 3 Cambridge Technicals in Performing Art unit 2C (see below), candidates use SecureClient to sit the test. This restricts access to other applications on the computer.
With the Enter Keycode screen open the candidate enters their keycode and confirms their details. They can read the instructions and then start the test.
The candidate navigates through the test entering their responses, accessing any linked source material and uploading worked files as required by the test. The time remaining is displayed at the top of the screen and warnings pop up at five and 15 minutes remaining.
The candidate can finish the test before the time expires or it will finish automatically when the time expires. The candidate’s responses are uploaded if an Internet connection is present.
The tests show with a finished status in the Invigilate screen. Depending on the test, the result will either be available immediately in the Results screen or be available to a teacher or an examiner for marking.
These projects are sat online in the Surpass Viewer (rather than in SecureClient, which is used for all other tests) and allow the teacher to submit the work completed by their candidates for the unit.
Using the Surpass Viewer, navigate to https://ocr.surpass.com/launchtest, select English (UK) from the Live Test Select Language drop down list and enter the keycode to access the project. Once in the project you can upload the candidate’s work. Further information can be found in this guide.
Pre-release material is published on Interchange before the window. You can give the pre-release to your teachers as soon as it is published.
To access the pre-release material, you need the Centre Administrator role: log into Interchange, click on 'Resources and materials>Pre-release materials' in the left-hand menu.
The following table shows the pre-release materials publishing timescales. The weeks are term-time weeks: where Easter or Christmas fall within the release window, this is accounted for in the release date. The specific release dates for the latest series are available in our key dates spreadsheet.
The results of all live and unit 1C practice tests taken are available to view in the Results screen in Surpass. The results of the unit 2C practice tests taken are only available to view in the Results screen if they are marked by a teacher.
Several reports including unofficial result slips for all tests and detailed learner feedback can be generated in the Results screen.
All achievements and candidate marks (which are not available within Surpass) can be viewed in Interchange.