Turning Chrome Vox Off Before Testing

Chrome Vox is an accessibility program within the Chrome operating system.  Students may have turned this feature on intentionally or accidentally while using the Chromebook for instructional purposes.  Chrome Vox reads everything on the screen to the user.  Unfortunately the TestNav App does not neutralize this feature.  This provides an accommodation that the students should not have during testing.

How to Identify the problem:  When the student boots the device using Kiosk mode, it will go directly to the TestNav log in screen.  If Chrome Vox is active, when the student clicks on the “Click To Test Audio”  button, instead of just playing a few notes of music, the device will say “Play Audio Test Button.”  Also when the student clicks on the Username field, the device will say “Your username with hint username. Edit text”.

To turn off Chrome Vox:  

TestNav will not allow another program to be activated, so you must maneuver out of the state login screen in order to turn this feature off.  To do so:

  1. Allow the device to boot into Kiosk mode and land on the Testnav site,

  2. Click on the Open User dropdown button in the top right corner of the screen.

  3. Click on the “Choose a different customer” option.

  4. On the Select screen, press Cntrl+Alt+z.  This will turn off Chrome Vox.

  5. Now, click on the select your test pull down and choose Maryland.

  6. Click on the blue “Go to Customer Site” button.  This will return you to the Maryland TestNav sign in page, ready to test.

Note: When Chrome Vox is active. TestNav does not give an error.  It runs as it normally does except that it reads to the student.  It reads whatever is on the screen and clicked on and whatever the student types into fields. As an example, in the logon screen, when the student clicks in the username field it reads “Your username with hint username. Edit text.”  It will then read whatever is typed into this field.