Understanding Google Forms Locked Mode and Its Uses

February 07, 2024
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Looking to keep your student’s attention focused on online quizzes or assessments? Welcome to the Google Forms locked mode. This feature offers a secure testing environment, preventing students from navigating away or accessing other resources during evaluations. 

So, in this blog post, we’ll tell you all about the locked mode, what it does, and how to activate it on Google Forms. By the end, you’ll be able to activate it on Google Forms and minimize distractions for your students. Ready? Let’s get into it!

What is Google Forms locked mode?

Google Forms Locked Mode is a feature designed to enhance the security and integrity of online assessments conducted through Google Forms. It’s primarily utilized in educational settings and ensures a controlled testing environment for students during online exams.

Not all assessments are as fun as a Mandela effect quiz, so when locked mode is enabled, it restricts students' access to external websites, other applications, and additional tabs in the browser. This prevents them from searching for answers online. This way, you can maintain a fair and secure assessment process for exams administered online.

It's important to know that the locked mode is specifically designed to work with Chromebooks, making it an ideal choice for educational institutions that use Chrome OS devices in their classrooms. Let’s move on to how you can turn on the locked mode. 

How to turn on Google Forms locked mode

Step 1: Create a Google Forms quiz

The first thing to do is to navigate to your Google Forms and create a form. You can then turn that form into a quiz.

To do that, toggle to the “Settings” from the ‘questions’ tab.

Then, click the “Make this a quiz” option to turn your form into a quiz. You can even assign points for each correct answer and set correct answers for your quiz

Step 2: Go to quiz options

Once you’ve turned your form into a quiz, scroll down to find the ‘quiz options’ under the ‘settings.’

Step 3: Select “Turn on locked mode”

Here, turn on the locked mode. 

Step 4: Save and distribute your quiz

Click “Save” and you’re done.

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FAQs about locked mode in Google Forms

Here are some commonly asked questions about Google Forms’ locked mode, answered:

How do I know if locked mode is working?

Once you’ve ensured that the locked mode is turned on in ‘Settings,’ another way to check that it’s working is by simulating the student experience. To do this, log in as a test participant on a Chromebook. Then, try to navigate away from the quiz page or open additional tabs to see if the restrictions are in place.

Is locked mode only for Chromebooks?

Yes, this feature relies on the capabilities of Chromebooks to restrict access to external websites, applications, and additional browser tabs during an online assessment.

How will I know if a student uses another tab in locked mode?

If the locked mode is on, automatically, some keyboard shortcuts and extensions are disabled. If a student still manages to open another tab or simply exits the form, the teacher will receive an email notification. 

Is there a way to bypass locked mode in Google Forms?

The student can’t bypass the locked mode once they’ve opened a form or quiz with that particular setting on. It can only be turned off by the teacher if they wish.

Learn more about Google Forms on the Form Publisher blog

Now that you’ve got the quiz ready, you’ll be receiving responses soon, so why not learn how to grade your Google Forms quiz easily? 

The locked mode is a great feature designed specifically for teachers and educators. There are other functions and features of Google Forms that you can learn to upgrade your students' experience.

The form Publisher blog is dedicated to providing helpful tutorials and guides that help you get the most out of Google Forms. Visit the Form Publisher blog for a wealth of resources that empower you to create efficient forms tailored to your specific needs.

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