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**Note -  Currently there is an issue with taking any ELCE exam from a Mac computer. The tests will not launch properly in any version of OSX.  Questionmark is aware of the issue and currently working on a fix.  In the meantime, ELCEs can still be taken from Windows machines normally.  We apologize for the inconvenience and will let you know when the problem has been corrected.  Thank You!

Step 1: Prepare your Computer

A. Download “Questionmark Secure”

Microsoft Windows Download Questionmark Secure for Windows
Apple Mac Download Questionmark Secure for Mac (from the Mac App Store)

What is “Questionmark Secure”?

Questionmark Secure is software that you install on your computer in order to take your Entry Level Competency Examinations (ELCE). It is designed to provide a secure environment on your computer in which you may take your examinations in a secure way that protects the integrity of the test taker and the exam itself. Most browsers are designed to be as open and flexible as possible. Because of this, when delivering secure assessments online far more security is required then most browsers provide.

You will only need to install Questionmark Secure once. Questionmark Secure will then open automatically whenever you click to begin one of your ELCE Exams. When Questionmark Secure is started, your test will be displayed as “secure content” in the following way:

    • The display is always full screen – it is not possible to maximize or minimize your exam.
    • If you have a dual monitor configuration on your computer the secondary display will be blacked out.
    • There are no menu bars available at any time through out the exam.(Questionmark Secure will display its own toolbar)
    • No aspects of your Windows or Apple Operating System are available to you through out the exam.
    • No history of your exam will be logged on your computer.
    • Questionmark Secure Software will NOT allow you to take ELCE exams from any Virtual Machine (VM).
Microsoft Windows Download Questionmark Secure for Windows
Apple Mac Download Questionmark Secure for Mac (from the Mac App Store)

B. Supported Platform & Browser

Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, 7 OR OS X  10.6 (Snow Leopard) or greater are supported platforms for the installation of Questionmark Secure.

Microsoft Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox and Chrome are suggested browsers. To determine your browsers compatibility, view the browser compatibility matrix column titled “Questionmark Perception 5.4″.

NOTE: Due to the Secure nature of the exams. Questionmark Secure Software will NOT allow you to take ELCE exams from any Virtual Machine (VM).

C. Install Questionmark Secure (Microsoft Windows).

  1. Double click the installation program to start the installer, or Download and “Run” the QSB_5.3.0.4_EN.exe.
  2. Click Run from the Open File window
  3. Click Next and accept the license agreement
  4. Set the destination folder for where you would like to install Questionmark Secure, or use the default location
  5. If you are installing Questionmark Secure as:
    • An administrative user set if you would like to install Questionmark Secure for Anyone who uses this computer or Only for me
    • A standard user the application is automatically set to Only for me
  6. Click Next followed by Install
  7. Once the installation has completed you will be prompted to click Finish. When you have completed the installation wizard you will find Questionmark Secure installed in the installation directory that you chose. A shortcut to this guide will also be added to the Start menu.

NOTE: No Start menu item is created for launching Questionmark Secure as it’s designed to be launched automatically by your browser when you begin an exam.

D. Install Questionmark Secure (Apple).

  1. Download and Install the Questionmark Secure Software through the Apple Mac App Store.

Step 2: Take the ELCE Sample Test

Sample Test

  1. Other programs running in the background, even though your system will be locked down and you will not have access to them, will cause Questionmark Secure to malfunction.  Questionmark Secure will detect other activity and shut down your exam, you will lose that exam and one exam attempt.  To avoid this problem, log off and quit all social networking sites, any programs that launch themselves at start up (Skype, system updates, etc.).  By closing all programs, Questionmark Secure can run without interruption and your attempt to take the exam will not be compromised.
  2. Using Microsoft Internet Explorer (v8.0 or Greater) Click “Sample ELCE Test” (above). or copy and paste the following URL “https://ondemand.questionmark.com/delivery/open.php?customerid=398734″ (no quotation marks) in the “Address bar” of Microsoft Internet Explorer.
  3. When you receive the following login page. Enter Your Name in the “Name” field and leave the “Group” Field empty.

Open Login

  1. Click “Enter”.

Open Sample Exam

  1. Click the green arrow button under “Start” to begin taking the “Sample ELCE” Exam.
  2. This will launch Questionmark Secure Browser and begin the ELCE Exam experience. Please be sure to follow on screen instructions as your computer will be “locked down” for the secure exam to begin.
Security Statement

If you successfully install Questionmark Secure and are able to proceed with the Sample ELCE Exam. Your system is ready for you to begin taking your ELCE Exams.

Questionmark Exam Page Navigation

NOTE: While taking the sample exam, ensure your familiarity with the “Previous Question”, “Next Question”, “Assessment Navigator” and “Submit” buttons. The “Assessment Navigator” provides visual feedback regarding your numeric position within the exam block as well as the status of questions answered or skipped.

After you complete the “Sample ELCE” (10 questions) a new toolbar will display at the top of the Questionmark Secure browser window.

This will enable the exit button (located in the upper left hand corner of your screen) and allow you to leave the practice exam environment and return your desktop to normal functionality.  This process will NOT return you to the main ELCE page.  You will need to manually return to elce.csl.edu.

Step 3: Take Your ELCE’s

A. Username and Password

You will receive an email via Questionmark from the Concordia Seminary St. Louis Office of Admisisons. This email will contain instructions, links as well as your unique Questionmark Username and Password.

Once you have received your username and password you may log in and take your ELCE examinations when you are ready. Your attempts and scores will be recorded and reported automatically to Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. Please remain in contact with your admission counselor as you work through your ELCE’s as retake attempts duration and deadlines are enforced automatically.

B. My ELCE’s

Click the “My ELCE’s” link below or the “My ELCE’s” Graphic in the sidebar to login and take the ELCE examinations associated with the program to which you have applied. God’s Riches blessings on your preparation and participation in the Entry Level Competency Examination Process.

My ELCE’s

    1. Other programs running in the background, even though your system will be locked down and you will not have access to them, will cause Questionmark Secure to malfunction.  Questionmark Secure will detect other activity and shut down your exam, you will lose that exam and one exam attempt.  To avoid this problem, log off and quit all social networking sites, any programs that launch themselves at start up (Skype, system updates, etc.).  By closing all programs, Questionmark Secure can run without interruption and your attempt to take the exam will not be compromised.
    2. Click the “My ELCE’s” link (above). or copy and paste the following URL “https://ondemand.questionmark.com/delivery/perception.php?customerid=398734″ (no quotation marks) in the “Address bar” of Microsoft Internet Explorer.
    3. When you receive the following login page. Enter Your “Username” and “Password” in the appropriate fields and click “Enter”.

Secure Production Login

    1. The next screen will present you with the list of exam requirements specific to the program to which you have applied.
    2. DO NOT START AN EXAM UNTIL YOU ARE READY TO COMPLETE IT. Once you click “Start” an “Attempt” will be logged, if you try to leave the exam environment prematurely, an attempt will be logged and you will NOT be able to resume the exam.
    3. When the Exam is complete…

The exit button (located in the upper left hand corner of your screen) will enable and allow you to leave the exam environment and return your desktop to normal functionality.  This process will NOT return you to the main ELCE page.  You will need to manually return to elce.csl.edu.