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Pearson Onscreen Platform (POP)

Qualifications Management’s Pearson Onscreen Platform (POP) is the new onscreen testing system for use by all approved centres that facilitate onscreen assessments. 

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The system lets you test your learners in the classroom or out in the field. POP has three modes: offline, online and classroom, making it suitable for all types of provision.

With the same easy look and feel as Pearson’s previous testing platforms, Pearson Onscreen Platform (POP) is designed to meet the needs of both you and your learners.

Downloading the new onscreen testing software (POP)

  • .exe and .msi installers are available, for individual or mass installation.
  • You’ll need administrator rights to complete set-up on your machine(s).
  • You'll need to generate a PIN, which you'll need to launch the Pearson Onscreen Test Platform.

Both of the new modes are designed for mobile assessment, so the reliability of the internet connection at your likely testing site(s) should be the key factor when choosing the best mode for you.

We recommend you only install one mode.

  • If all your testing sites will have a broadband connection during the entire test, then the online mode may be right for you.

  • If you may have to test in places without a reliable broadband connection, install the offline mode. This mode can work without an internet connection (by downloading tests in advance), or, when an internet connection is present at the testing site, the offline mode can stream the test in the same way as the online mode.
Read more about the different modes in the tabs below.

We'll make two installers available for each mode (.exe and .msi).

  • The .exe installers are best for individual users. They'll perform a check to see if your machine meets the minimum specifications. If it detects that the machine doesn't have either IIS Express or .NET 4.5 installed, then it will automatically download those updates.

  • The .msi installers are best for IT technicians who need to install via their network to a large number of machines simultaneously. We recommend that you check all machines for the prerequisites before launching this installer. If a machine does not meet the minimum requirements, the process would be halted. Alternatively, you can manage the installation of these updates alongside installation of the test player, using, for example, msiexec.

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Using any of the previous versions will prevent you from experiencing the benefits of the upgrade.

Offline .exe installer

Users should download the zip file from the link, right-click on the zip file, extract it to a folder and then double-click the .exe file to start the installer.

.MSI installers (both modes)

During installation using the .msi installer, you will need to specify a bridge URL. This is:

https://btecng.pearson.com/PQS.Web.TestDeliveryPlatformBridge/


For more support, select the relevant mode:

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Pearson Onscreen Platform (Offline) is the new onscreen testing system for use by all approved centres that facilitate onscreen assessments with no active internet connection required for testing.

  • New with Qualifications Management release 2
  • Designed for mobile assessors visiting multiple sites
  • Download your test in advance and take it to your testing site
  • No internet connection needed during testing, making it ideal for remote or restricted internet access locations such as prisons or military facilities
  • Hassle-free test upload: once you're back online, you're prompted to upload. Tests are automatically filed securely.

How to install POP offline mode


How to create a PoP PIN


How to launch a test using the Pearson Onscreen Offline Test Delivery Platform

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Select the Pearson Onscreen Platform icon from your desktop.

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Enter your Pearson Onscreen Platform PIN and select 'Log in'.

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The dashboard will display the tests that have recently been downloaded to your computer in the ‘Available’ section. Find the candidate and test entry you wish to launch. You can search by a test date range if you have many candidates. Select the ‘Declaration’ box to confirm that you are ready to invigilate the assessment, then ‘Launch’.

Note: You will no longer need an Attendance Register, as you are agreeing to the declaration instead.

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How to navigate POP offline test delivery

This section explains how to navigate the test player used in POP offline and online tests.

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When you click finish, you're brought to the 'Review' screen below. While you have time remaining you can review your answers or go back to any unanswered or flagged questions. When you're ready to complete the test, select the ‘Complete Test’ button.

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How to mark a learner absent in POP offline

This tutorial demonstrates how to mark a learner absent if they fail to sit an online or offline assessment.

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Enter your Pearson Onscreen Platform PIN and select 'Log in'.

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Search for the learner using the search options.

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Select 'Mark Absent' next to the learner's name.


How to upload responses

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Enter your Pearson Onscreen Platform PIN and select 'Log in'.

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Select 'Pending Upload' from the left-hand menu.

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Locate the learner whose response you want to upload and select ‘Upload’. A window will pop up. Select the ‘Start to Upload’ button and the response will be uploaded.

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How to upload a response with the POP Offline Dashboard

Pearson Onscreen Platform (Online) is the new onscreen testing system for use by all approved centres that facilitate onscreen assessments with an active internet connection.

  • New with Qualifications Management release 2
  • Designed for mobile assessment in locations with reliable internet access
  • Tests are streamed directly from Qualifications Management
  • No need to download tests in advance, or for separate upload.

How to install POP online mode

How to create a PoP PIN

How to configure Windows trusted sites to work with POP

What is classroom mode?

Classroom mode:

  • is designed for fixed-site classroom assessment
  • gives you complete control of your centre's entire testing activities
  • lets you run multiple tests in multiple rooms with hundreds of candidates simultaneously.

The tasks in this section help you administer and run a demo test on the Pearson Onscreen Platform. This will confirm that the software has been installed and is working correctly.

There's no charge for demo test registrations and test bookings.

How to make a demo learner registration

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Select the 'Learner Management' tab.

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You will be directed to the learner management homepage. Select the menu icon and then ‘Create’ and ‘Create Order’ from the menu bar on the left.

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Choose 'Select Product'.


Type ‘POP’ in the search bar and hit the enter key. You will be presented with the search result ‘POP Dummy Qualification’.

Select the qualification and then ‘Add Selected Products to Order’.  

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You will be presented with a message saying ‘You need to link learners to this order’.

‘Select Learners’ on the right.

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Go to the ‘Create Learners’ tab to create a new learner. Enter the main details of the demo learner. Fields marked with an asterisk are mandatory. 

‘Save and Add’ to move the learner details to the box on the right, then select ‘OK’ to continue.

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You will be taken back to the overview page where a green tick will appear next to the processes which have been completed. Select ‘Add Dates’ to add course start and end dates to your listed learner(s).

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Select the course start and end dates for each of the linked learners, then ‘OK’. For a demo learner, set the start date as today and the end date as any day in the future.  

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You'll now see an overview of your order, with green ticks showing that you have successfully linked your learners and entered course dates. Select ‘Submit’ to save your order, and ‘OK’ to confirm on the following screen.


How to make a demo test entry

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Follow steps 1-3 from 'How to make a demo learner registration'.  

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Then 'Select Product'.

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From the ‘Entries and Booking(s)’ tab, select ‘Qualifications’ to expand the list. Search for ‘POP Dummy Qualification’ and expand it by clicking the triangle on the left to see the testable units available. The ‘Learning Assessment Activity’ will be set as ‘Onscreen’. Select the unit by ticking the box to the left. Then ‘Add Selected Units to Order’.

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You will now be prompted to link learners to the booking and select the time and date your learners will take the test. ‘Select Learners’ on the right-hand side to add learners to the booking.

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You'll see a list of the demo learners registered to the ‘POP Dummy Qualification’. To link a learner to the order, select ‘Add’. The learner will move to the Linked Learners box. You can use the search box to find the demo learner you registered previously. Once the demo learner shows on the right side of the screen, select ‘OK’.

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A green tick will appear next to the processes which have been completed. Select ‘Add dates’ to add the test booking date, time and mode.  

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You can now select the date and time you want to book the test from the drop down bars. The test delivery window will be open 4 hours either side of the chosen time.

You now need to select the mode of the test for which you wish to run a demo test:

‘Classroom’ - if you are testing the POP LAN software.

‘Offline’ - if you are testing the offline test delivery platform without internet access.

‘Online’ - if you are testing the online delivery platform with internet access.

Then select ‘Save’.

You have entered all the information needed to complete the booking. This is shown by two green ticks next to the required information. To complete the booking select ‘Submit’, and then ‘OK’ to confirm.

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How to manage a demo test entry

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Select the 'Learner Management' tab to go to the learner management homepage. Select ‘Manage’ and then ‘Manage Entry/Bookings’ from the left-hand menu.

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You can find the demo test you booked for your demo learner by using the search function, or by selecting the refresh icon at the bottom right of the table to reveal all future tests. You can launch an online test or download an offline test package ready for delivery.  

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Use the expansion arrow on the left to view the Assessment Mode and additional time.

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To launch an online onscreen test, select the booking using the tick box on the left and then ‘Launch Test’. If installed, the onscreen test player will launch the test. Run through and complete the test to confirm all functionality is working.

To download an offline onscreen test, select the booking using the tick box on the left and then ‘Download Test’. Your Pearson Onscreen Platform PIN will be assigned to the download so only you can launch the test. A window will pop up. Select ‘Download’ to confirm the start of the download. It will check through 4 stages. Ensure each stage shows as ‘Passed’; if any fail, refresh the web page and try again. The first time you download a test package it can take longer than normal.


How to administer a demo offline test

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Select the Pearson Onscreen Platform icon from your desktop. Enter your Pearson Onscreen Platform PIN and select ‘Log in’.  

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The dashboard will display the tests that have recently been downloaded to your computer in the ‘Available’ section. Find the candidate and test entry you wish to launch. You can search by a test date range if you have many candidates.

Select the ‘Declaration’ box to confirm that you are ready to invigilate the assessment, then ‘Launch’.

Note that you will no longer need an Attendance Register, as you are agreeing to the declaration instead.  

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The test will launch and lock your computer down into Kiosk mode. This means only the test will be accessible. Run through the test questions and then ‘Finish’ to review the questions. Select ‘Complete Test’ and the computer will come out of Kiosk mode and close down the test player.

Follow steps 1 and 2 to log back in to the Offline Test Delivery Platform. You will be told if there are files awaiting upload if you have an internet connection. To trigger the upload, select ‘Upload Now’.  

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If you cannot do the automatic upload you can upload manually by going to the ‘Pending Upload’ tab and selecting ‘Upload’ on the test.

Congratulations, you have successfully conducted a Pearson Onscreen Platform demo test!

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