Using Exam Mode in Read&Write for Windows

The Exam Mode in Read&Write for Windows allows a teacher or admin to turn Read&Write toolbar features off for exams. 

Exam Mode can be used to turn features off for one student on a particular computer where they will take an exam. The advanced Exam Mode can be used to turn features off for large numbers of computers or users on your network, or to set up a date range in the future for Exam Mode to be automatically enabled.

When Exam Mode is enabled, the student will have access to:

  • Only the selected Read&Write features on the toolbar

  • Quick Access Speech settings including voice selection, speed, pitch and Speak As I Type, Read by and Continuous Reading


Choose from the options below:

How to use Exam Mode

Please note this setting will only apply to the local computer and Windows user that is currently logged in.

  1. Run Read&Write as the student taking the exam, and click on the Settings button and then Show more settings…

Show more settings


  1. In the Find a Setting box type adminsettings

  1. You’ll be asked to enter and confirm a password.  Once these have been entered,  click OK.  

Note: this password will give you access to the Administrator settings of Read&Write on this computer only



  1. Once logged into the Administrator settings, click on the Select your features tab and select the features you’d like to have enabled on the student’s toolbar

  1. Toggle on Use Exam Mode now to start the Exam Mode


  1. Close the Read&Write settings menu. Read&Write is now ready for the student to take the exam. 


 Once the exam is finished, to switch off Exam Mode:

  1. Click on the Settings button and then Show more settings…

  1. Enter the password that you created when switching on Exam Mode and click OK



  1. Turn off the Use Exam Mode now toggle. All buttons and settings will now be available again on the Read&Write toolbar.



  1. Close the Read&Write Settings window



How to use advanced Exam Mode

This setting will allow you to apply Exam Mode settings to multiple users or computers on your network, and/or select a date range for Exam Mode to be automatically enabled.


  1. Run Read&Write and click on the Settings button and then Show more settings…



  1. In the Find a Setting box type adminsettings


  1. You’ll be asked to enter and confirm a password.  Once you’ve entered a password,  click OK.


IMPORTANT: If you have deployed Read&Write on your network with user settings stored in a network folder, this will be the master password for Exam Mode settings on all Read&Write installs. So if you will have multiple teachers or admins configuring Exam Mode, be sure to share this password with them.  



  1. Once logged into the Administrator settings, click on the Get Started button under Advanced Exam Mode



  1. If you have set up Read&Write on your network with user settings stored in a central folder, next you will see a list of your Read&Write users.


You also have the option to import users from Active Directory via a CSV. To do this,  first export a CSV of your users from Active Directory and then click “Import Users from CSV”.    


Note: If your Read&Write user settings are stored locally, you will not see these options.




    Select which users you would like to set up for Exam Mode and click Next.


  1. Select the features you would like enabled on the Read&Write toolbar and click Next.



  1. Choose when you would like to turn on Exam Mode.


If you choose Yes, Exam Mode will be immediately turned on and will remain on until you turn it off.  If you choose No, Exam Mode will not be turned on immediately. 


If you choose No, choose a date range, Exam Mode will be turned on through the duration of the start date until 11:59:59 pm on the end date.


Click Next when finished




  1. If your Read&Write settings are stored locally, you’ll see an option to create a file called ExamSettings.xml that can be deployed to your exam computers using a deployment method such as SCCM. This will apply the selected feature set for any user that uses Read&Write on those computers.



  1. Review your selections on the Summary screen, use the Back button to make any changes, and click Finish.



If you have configured Exam Mode for a date range, you will see this information appear under Schedule on the main Administrator settings page.


To end a scheduled Exam Mode early, click Clear Schedule. Note this will only clear it for that logged in Read&Write user.