Text to speech - Students

Add voices and languages:

The text to speech function works on the questions, the text written by the student and pure PDF-links (links that end with .pdf). This does not include links to PDF-files on Google Drive or other cloud services.

NOTE! If a student  uses headphones (wired or wireless), these need to be connected before the exam starts for it to work during the exam.


In the top left corner next to the settings icon you will see a speaking figure (Figure 1). If you press this icon while you have text marked, it will then be read out loud. Text to speech is also possible on PDF documents and websites.



Figure 1

The standard voice is English when you start Digiexam, but you can change this in settings. With Windows and Mac/iPad you have access to following languages: *English, French, German, Spanish.
(*Official support on Chromebook is only for English, additional languages are not tested due to lack of support from Chromebook)

Figure 2
It is also possible to get a slower voice by pulling the slider towards the tortoise, and faster if you pull it towards the hare. You can also have the text read out loud when pressing [Alt] + [A] when you have text selected, so you don't always need to press the speaking figure every time. To use another voice or language, select the one you want and then press Save.


Add voices and languages


1. Open System Preferences, by clicking on the System Preferences TTS__3_.pngin the Dock or by Apple menu > System Preferences.



2. Open Accessibility.



3. Then select Speech



4. Select the System Voice pop-up menu and choose Customize....



5. Select the checkboxes of the voices you would like to add. To find a voice, enter its name, country, or language in the search field. To sample a voice, select it and click play. When you have chosen the voices you want to download press OK. The voices appear in the menu when the download is complete.


Next time you start Digiexam you can use these new voices and languages. (*English dialects won't work in Digiexam. Ex: Indian English, Australian, Welsh, etc.)


Link to guide: Add voices and languages.

In order to download other voices, please follow the guide below.

  1. Open this link.
  2. Click on Download and choose 86x (32-bit) version
  3. Click Next and it will download.
  4. When the download is done run the file and install (this file is needed for additional voices to work with Digiexam).

You can then choose which languages and voices you want to download:

  1. Open this link.
  2. Click on Download and then choose what voices/languages you would like to download (it's important that you download the files named MSSpeech_TTS and not MSSpeech_SR).
When you have downloaded the files, run them and install. Next time you start Digiexam, the voices and languages can be used.



English is the only officially tested language, additional voices can be installed from Googles administrative console if you're using a centrally managed device.

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