You can log in to the on-screen test system, Surpass, via the link below:
Log in to Surpass
OCR offers on-screen tests for a number of qualifications. This page provides guidance on how to get started, including links to detailed step-by-step instructions and videos. There's also a summary of the key features or differences for each qualification.
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 you can ‘create your candidates’ within the on-screen test system. You do not need to make any other entries. For information on how to do this read this article and view this video. Make sure you associate your candidates with all of the subjects they will be taking when they are created.
For Cambridge Technicals only, you make qualification and unit test entries via Interchange or A2C and we set the candidates up within Surpass for you.
The software required to deliver the on-screen tests is known as SecureClient and this has to be installed on all test computers.
To confirm you can use SecureClient, check your computers meet the minimum specifications required as listed on the Secure Delivery screen. You can download SecureClient and view troubleshooting advice here too.
To sit a test, each candidate has to be scheduled in Surpass. You can schedule tests in two ways either using the schedule test wizard or in bulk from a csv file.
For every schedule created, one or more records are added to the Schedule tab. These can be viewed by session or by candidate and lock 24 hours before the start date. Once locked, a keycode is created for each candidate scheduled and these are displayed in the Invigilate tab (not all options on the Invigilate screen shown in the video are available). The keycode is used by the candidate to start their test and a pin may optionally be used as well.
For Cambridge Technicals only, we will schedule the tests for the candidates you have made unit test entries for.
Before any test sitting the room should be set up and the equipment prepared taking the relevant instructions for conducting exams (OCR ICE or JCQ ICE) into account.
A checklist for invigilators and useful information for invigilators preparing for a test sitting can be found within the Surpass ‘knowledgebase’.
You can download tests in advance if the Internet connection is slow, unreliable or you want the tests to be sat offline.
The JCQ notice to candidates can be read out or be shared with the candidates.
During the test sitting, the Invigilator can monitor the candidate’s progress from the 'Invigilate' tab in Surpass from where it is possible to:
If any problems occur during the test sitting, refer to the troubleshooting information available and consider first trying a dry run using practice tests to become familiar with the process.
The following practice tests allow you to familiarise yourselves with the assessments and give students an idea of the type of questions they may face in a live test. The practice tests run anonymously in a browser window and need to have Flash player installed in the browser to run. The practice tests provide different degrees of feedback.
These practice tests are also available to be scheduled for learners in Surpass.
All the following tests have feedback enabled. For unit 1C students can see their result and review their responses. For unit 2C students can review their responses. NB if you take the practice tests within Surpass, the unit 2C tests can be marked by a teacher to obtain a result for the student.
Both the following tests have test feedback enabled: students can see their result and review their responses.
The following test has test feedback enabled: students can review their responses.
Test feedback is not available for the following tests. For the ICT tests, you can view the tests but the file upload functionality is not available.
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. In most cases, this restricts access to other applications on the computer.
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 15 and 5 minutes remaining.
The candidate can finish the test before the time expires and the completed test is uploaded if an Internet connection is present.
The tests show with a finished status in the Invigilate tab. Depending on the test, the result will either be available immediately in the Results tab or be available to an examiner for marking.
These projects are sat online in a browser (rather than in SecureClient, which is used for all other tests) which allows the tutor to submit the work completed by their candidates for the unit. You go to https://ocr.surpass.com/launchtest, enter the keycode to start the test and then upload the candidate’s work.
The results of all live and some practice tests are available to view in the Results tab in Surpass. Results will not be available for practice tests that require 'human' marking.
A number of reports including unofficial result slips for all tests and detailed learner feedback for certain qualifications can be generated.
All achievements and candidate marks (which are not available within Surpass) can be viewed in Interchange.