Education Technology

TI-Nspire™ CX Handheld

Press-to-Test 

With the built-in Press-to-Test feature on TI-Nspire™ handhelds, you can easily comply with the rules for the use of calculators in exams by temporarily disabling all current documents and denying access to programming libraries.

A blinking LED located at the top of the TI-Nspire™ handheld provides invigilators with a way to quickly and confidently see that a candidate's handheld is operating in Press-to-Test mode. After the exam, handhelds are easily restored for classroom use by exiting Press-to-Test mode and all previously created documents restored.

The new Press-to-Test feature is only available with TI-Nspire™ operating system version 1.3 or higher.

To start Press-to-Test mode:

  • Turn the TI-Nspire™ device OFF
  • Press and hold the ESC and HOME keys
  • While ESC and HOME are pressed and held, turn ON
  • Make selections and confirm Degree, Radian or Gradian (can be changed afterwards)
  • You will see that the "Limit geometry functions" box is selected by default. Deselect the box if you decide to allow all geometry functions.
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Select OK. The handheld will restart and the Press-to-Test confirmation screen will appear.

Select OK. A blinking green LED on the handheld indicates the unit is in a Press-to-Test mode that restricts geometry features. A blinking yellow LED indicates the unit is in a Press-to-Test mode that restricts non-geometry features.
Note: Whilst in Press-to-Test mode, you can send and receive files. However, once you exit, all documents created while in Press-to-Test mode are deleted.

To end Press-to-Test mode:

Connect the device to another handheld or computer Navigate to My Documents.

On a TI-Nspire™ with Touchpad or CX handheld

  • Press and release DOC
  • Select 9 to exit Press-to-Test

On a Clickpad

  • Press and release CTRL
  • Press and release HOME
  • Select 9 to exit Press-to-Test

Note: Only a device connected to another handheld or computer can exit the Press-to-Test mode. Before you begin this process, you must have access to another TI-Nspire™ handheld with an operating system of 1.3 or higher.

To disable Press-to-Test mode through a computer:
If you choose to disable Press-to-Test mode through a computer, you must have TI-Nspire™ Computer Link software installed on your system. After installing TI-Nspire™ Computer Link:

  • Create a folder on your computer called “Press-to-Test”
  • In that folder, place an empty tns document called “Exit Test Mode”. This file is the only file that should be in that folder. Note: folder and file names are case-sensitive
  • Send this file to your connected device and you will exit Press-to-Test mode

The Press-to-Test feature also works with the TI-Nspire™ handheld's interchangeable TI-84 Plus Keypad. Programs and Apps not allowed during testing will be temporarily disabled and then restored after the exam.

When the TI-84 Plus Keypad is inserted, the Press-to-Test feature configures the TI-Nspire™ handheld just like TI-84 Plus and TI-84 Plus Silver Edition family graphing calculators. If using the TI-84 Plus keypad with a TI-Nspire™ handheld, please refer to TI TestGuard™ for similar functionality.

Download the latest TI-Nspire™ operating system that includes the new Press-to-Test feature. See TI-Nspire™ family guidebooks for additional information.