Online Technical Training Blog

How to Use Microsoft Edge Browser For Taking Online Exams

How to Use Microsoft Edge Browser For Taking Online Exams


If you have written exams before or if you are about to take your first exam, you may know that Internet Explorer (IE) was the recommended browser for taking exams, as it was the only browser that supported the ActiveX controls for these exams. However, you are probably also aware that Internet Explorer will be retired shortly. No need to worry! There are features now available in Microsoft Edge which permit taking exams on this browser by running in Internet Explorer mode. This blog will take you through the steps to activate Internet Explorer mode on Microsoft Edge for our website.

Let’s get started, watch the video or read through the step-by-step guide below:


Step 1. Changing Microsoft Edge Browser Settings

Open Microsoft Edge and click on the Settings and More menu button on the top right corner of the Edge browser and select Settings from the drop-down menu.

Settings of browser


Step 2. Changing the Default Browser Option

Next, click Default Browser from the settings options on the left, and under the “Internet Explorer compatibility” section, select Allow from the “Allow sites to be reloaded in Internet Explorer mode” drop-down menu options. If this option is already set to allow, proceed to the program website (step 4).

Default browser settings


Step 3. You Would Now Be Prompted to Restart the Browser for the Setting Changes to Take Effect, So Click Restart.

Restart browser


Step 4. Accessing the Website

After the page restarts, clear the hyperlink area and enter the school’s website, for George Brown College students enter For all other partner colleges or universities enter your respective site, for example, University of Houston students enter, MiraCosta College students enter, etc.


Step 5. Reloading the Website in Internet Explorer Mode

Now that you are on the website, place your mouse cursor on the website page tab at the top left of the browser and right-click, then click “Reload tab in Internet Explorer mode”. Or optionally, click on the Settings and More menu button and select the “Reload tab in Internet Explorer mode” option from the drop-down menu.

GBCTechTraining website

Settings reload


Step 6. Saving the Settings

You will now be given the option to “Open this page in Internet Explorer mode next time”, so toggle that switch on then click Done. Your browser is now set for you to take your exam.

Toggle switchL

Now you can proceed to take your exam

Step One: Logging into the Student Resource Centre

Log in to the Resource Center using the login and password you were sent in your Registration Confirmation email.

Step Two. Test Your Connection to the Marker Server

From the home page of the  “Student Resource Centre”, select the “Take an Exam” link and select the module exam that you wish to take.

Resource Center home page

At this point you should see a popup at the bottom of your Internet Explorer window saying “This website needs to install an add-on for the selected exam module”. Please click on “Install” and then “Yes” and then “Allow” when prompted.

pop up message

Once you have selected an exam module and installed the Active X Controls applet, the following dialog box will appear.

dialog box

Click on the “Yes” button to continue. Do not worry, you are not actually going to take the exam yet. These steps are required to confirm your ability to submit the exam over the internet. You will now be prompted to enter your student name and password.

Student name and number dialog box

Next, you will be asked if you wish to test your internet connection to the marking server. Select “Yes”. You will receive confirmation if a successful connection has been established with the Marking Server. 

Network test message

Click the “OK” button and you will be returned to the “Final Exams” module selection page.

Please now check your email account. It may take up to 20 minutes for the response email message to arrive. Once you receive this email you will know that you are able to connect to the Marking Server.

If a successful connection has NOT been established you will receive an error message as below.

Connection problem

If you do not receive an email message please contact our Student Support Centre at 1-866-279-1457 for assistance.

Step Three. Let’s Take the Exam

Return to the Resource Center to select the “Final Exams” link and click on the “Select Module” link to choose the desired final exam. This time you will not be prompted to install the add-on again assuming it was installed when you did the connection test for this module. You are required to install the add-on only once for each module. You will now be presented provided with the following sequence of steps.

Click the “Yes” button then re-enter your student name/login and password.

student name and password

You will then be prompted to do an internet connection test again. Click on the "No" as you have already tested your ability to submit the exam to the Marking Server. Please be sure that you are ready for the exam before clicking on “No” as this is the last step before the exam. Clicking on “No” will launch the exam right away and you will be given 90 minutes to answer 30 questions.

Launch exam

Use the Back and Next buttons to move back and forth through the exam questions. You may leave a question unanswered and return to it later.

Once you have completed all questions in the exam, click the Exit button. You will be asked “Are you sure you are ready to Save and Exit the Exam?”  Click Yes.

Your exam can now be submitted for grading. Click Yes to submit.

Submit exam

You will then receive confirmation that the exam has been sent. Your exam results will be emailed to your email account.

If your submission attempt was unsuccessful, you will receive a notification saying that the Exam program was unable to send the exam to the Marking Server. Do not worry if a problem arises; you will have the option to retry sending the exam if necessary. If you are using a proxy server, you will have the option to enter the proxy server name which may resolve the problem or as a last resort, you will also have the option to save the exam file to your computer. This will allow you to email the exam to the Student Support Center later.

If you choose to Save File, you will be prompted for a location to save the exam in your computer. You will then receive confirmation once the exam has been saved on your computer. You can then send the saved exam file by email to for grading.

Once the exam has been evaluated, your report card will be emailed back to you within an hour of taking the exam and your mark will be posted in the “My Account” page of the Student Resource Center the following day.

If you failed your module exam, you will immediately receive an email from the Marking Server asking you to contact the Student Support Center for further assistance.

So that`s it. Good luck with your exams!

If you have any other questions about the online exam process, please call us toll-free at 1-866-279-1457 (within the US and Canada) or contact us by email at we would be happy to assist you.


Subscribe to Techbytes

Get free email delivery of our monthly Techbytes newsletter for a round up of the industry news, online education tips and update and information about out online Certificate programs.