1) Go to online.essentialskills.com using the Safari browser. safari


2) Enter your School ID, check the box “Pick students from a list”, enter your School Password, and click on the “Student” button.



3) On the “Class Selection” page, tap the share icon share at the top of the browser, select “Add to Home Screen” from the menu and tap “Add” when prompted.



You should now have an icon on the home screen of your iPad to launch Essential Skills.


Note: If you do not see an Essential Skills icon, you may need to swipe right or left on the home screen. When the home screen becomes full, iPad will add a new one to accommodate for more icons.


You can also bookmark the “Class Selection” page if your students are familiar with how to access the browser bookmarks. Here are some simple steps for bookmarking a site.


Student passwords can be easily updated in the Teacher Dashboard. Click the “Classes” button in the Teacher Dashboard, select the class, then click “Edit”. Update the student password(s) in the password field, and click “Save”. Though not recommended, it is possible to save the student password field blank, allowing students to login without having to enter a password.



For optimal iPad performance, it is recommended that you run Essential Skills in the Google Chrome browser. Google Chrome can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store.


Unfortunately, it is not possible to add a quick launch icon using Google Chrome. To work around this restriction, the “Run in Chrome” link should be used to reopen the site in Chrome. Students can use the quick launch icon created in Safari, and then simply tap the “Run in Chrome” link to open the same page in Google Chrome.




Thank you for choosing Essential Skills!

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions – we’re here to help!

Email: support@essentialskills.com Phone: 1-800-753-3727