[Athen] Kurzweil 3000: test mode / prevent students from using dictionary functions during tests

Doug Mantle Doug.Mantle at kings.uwo.ca
Thu May 30 13:50:16 PDT 2019

Depending on the exact version you are using, the wording may be a bit different in the menus.

Otherwise, in general, you will find ‘LOCK FEATURES’ on the TOOLS menu. In there you can lock out certain features such as the dictionary. You can and should, also add a password to this to prevent the student from going in and re-enabling the feature.

Additionally you should look at the ‘CUSTOMISE -> RIGHT MOUSE BUTTON’ options also found on the TOOLS menu. Customizing the right click menu doesn’t lock the feature out but, when combined with disabling the CUSTOMIZATION ability in the LOCK FEATURES settings, they won’t be able to re-enable the right mouse button options as that is considered a customization. The customization lock option is usually found in the MISCELLANEOUS tab of the LOCK FEATURES.

If you want to go even further, there is a USAGE LOG option found on the TOOLS menu that will provide a log of the session and what the student did during the test.

On a related note, if appropriate to your situation, you might consider the C-Pen Exam Reader<http://www.scanningpens.ca/reading_aids_ca/>. It is a handheld pen like device that scans and reads aloud the scanned text with or without headphones. http://www.scanningpens.ca/reading_aids_ca/

Happy to discuss further if you have questions.

Take care,

Doug Mantle,
Assistive Technology Support Specialist,
STARS Learning Lab Co-ordinator
Accessibility, Counselling and Student Development - Accessibility Services - Student Affairs

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Subject: [Athen] Kurzweil 3000: test mode / prevent students from using dictionary functions during tests

Hello all,

We are having an issue with Kurzweil. We utilize Kurzweil 3000 to allow audio-based exams for students who do not need human readers. A student testing discovered that she could access a dictionary feature while testing. We were not aware of this feature as we really only use the program for audio-based exams. The student discovered that by right clicking, the user could see a definition of a word.

If you know a way to disable to this feature, or if Kurzweil has a testing mode. Please let me know. We are using Kurzweil 3000 for windows (standalone none web license)


Shaun Hegney
Program Specialist 2
Disability Support Services
Spokane Falls Community College
Shaun.Hegney at sfcc.spokane.edu<mailto:Shaun.Hegney at sfcc.spokane.edu>


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