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InfoThe requirements in this section reflect TestNav minimum

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Hardware Requirements ♦ Software Requirements


These reflect minimum and recommended requirements; however, some customers slightly vary requirements for their specific organizations.

Use the sections below to set up desktops (or laptops), as well as tablets, in your testing environment.

As a general rule regarding optimal online testing, you should avoid using any computer that takes noticeably long (for example, Only
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Hardware Requirements 
(Minimum)1
WindowsOS XiOSAndroidChrome OS

Processor

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Hardware Requirements

Requirement

Details

Processor

x86/x32 and x64

processors are supported.Only Intel

or Intel-based™

Macs are supported.

any

any

any

Memory

512 MB RAM

4 GB RAM; Minimum - 2 GB RAM

  • Linux and iOS - 2 GB RAM; Minimum - 1 GB RAM

any

any

any

Screen size

Screen Size

9.5-in

or higher

9.5-in or higher

9.5-in or higher

9.5-in or higher

9.5-in or higher

Screen resolution

Resolution

1024 x 768

1024 x 768

1024 x 768

1024 x 768

1024 x 768

1These requirements do not supersede the minimum requirements of the supported operating systems. Refer to the minimum requirements for the operating system.

Software Requirements

Warning

Products with an * (asterisk) indicate that end of support is approaching for that product. See End-of-Support in the Important Information sidebar to the right.

WindowsIE 9.0*IE 10.0IE 11.0Chrome 2Firefox 3

XP* (SP 3)

Microsoft will end support on April 8, 2014, and
will not provide security updates once support
ends.

 

  

X

X

Vista*

X

  

X

X

7

X

X

X

X

X

8.0 

 

X

 

X

X

8.1 

  

X

X

 X
Mac OS XSafari 5.x*Safari 6.xSafari 7.xSafari 8.xFirefox 3

Chrome 39+
(64-bit)

10.6*

X

   

X

 

10.7

 

X

  

X

X

10.8

 

X

  

X

X

10.9

 

 

X

 

X

X
10.10   XXX
LinuxFirefox 3

Fedora 19 (Gnome)

X

Fedora 20 (Gnome)

X

Ubuntu 12.04X
Ubuntu 14.04X
Other OSTestNav App

iOS 7 and iOS 8

X

Chrome OS 35 or higher

X

Android LollipopX

2 The Chrome browser must be version 35 or higher.

3 The Firefox browser must be version 28 or higher on all supported platforms.

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titleAdditional Mobile Device Requirements
  • TestNav does not support Windows RT.
  • Students must use an external keyboard and mouse with touchscreen Chromebooks and Intel-based tablets with Windows 8.0 and 8.1. TestNav does not support the touchscreen on these devices.
  • Intel-based tablets must also have a 10-inch class screen.

When using mobile devices for testing, make note of which student uses each deviceIn the event that the student encounters a problem during testing, files necessary to resume each student's test session exist on only that specific device. For more information, see SRF and Log Files (left-click to open in a new tab).

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Warning

Products with an * (asterisk) indicate that end of support is approaching for that product. See End-of-Support in the Important Information sidebar to the right.

Java

Java is required on Mac, Windows, and Linux platforms. The version compatible with your system depends on your browser, operating system, and security settings. These tables show the versions of Java that TestNav 8 supports. These are the same tables SystemCheck uses.

Warning

Neither Windows XP nor Mac OS 10.6 support Java version 1.8, regardless of the browser.

TestNav 8/Mac OS X

Browser

Java Versions

Safari 5.1

1.6.0.65*

Safari 6

1.7

Safari 6.1

1.7, 1.8

Safari 7

1.7, 1.8

Safari 81.7, 1.8

Firefox 28 and higher

1.7, 1.8

TestNav 8/Windows

Browser

Java Versions

IE 9

1.6*, 1.7, 1.8

IE 10

1.6*, 1.7, 1.8

IE 11

1.7, 1.8

Chrome

1.6*, 1.7, 1.8

Firefox 28 and higher

1.6.30*, 1.7, 1.8

TestNav 8/Linux

Browser

Java Versions

Firefox 28 and higher

1.7, 1.8

AnchorfirewallfirewallFirewall/Proxy Servers/Content Filtering

Allow the following URLs to open the following in any firewalls, proxy servers, or software used for Internet content filtering:

URL:Port 4
Your test delivery URL, for example:
*.testnav.com:80
*.testnav.com:443*.pearsontestcontent.com*.thawte.comgoogle-analytics.com (optional)s3.amazonaws.com

4 TestNav content is dynamically hosted in the cloud. No static IP addresses or ranges can be provided.

Note for Mac 10.6: In certain situations when the parental control is on and the user attempts to connect to SSL sites, the automatic Internet content filter on Mac 10.6 workstations may block your test delivery domain, for example, testnav.com. To resolve this, set the parental control to “Always Allow” your test delivery domain, for example, testnav.com.

Other Dependencies

For proper TestNav functionality, you must also meet the following other dependencies:

  • Enable 

    • javaw.exe exception created in Windows Firewall

    • Pop-ups for Pearson sites.

    • Local File access to home directory

  • Disable 
    • All accelerators for Internet Explorer.
    • Skype plugins in Window 7 and Firefox
You must also complete specific processes to set up and run TestNav. See the Desktops and Laptops and Mobile Devices sections of Set Up Your Test Environment.
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Important Information

* End-of-Support

At the start of the 2015/2016 school year, TestNav 8 support ends for the following products:

  • Mac 10.6

  • Safari 5.x

  • Windows Vista

  • Windows XP 

  • IE 9

  • Java 6

iPad - Turn Off Auto Correction/Predictive Text

When using iPads on iOS 7 and iOS 8 for secure testing, turn off Auto-Correction and Predictive text. For instructions, see Mobile Devices.

 

 

Other

  • External keyboard and mouse (or touchpad) for touchscreen devices

    • Android, Windows (required)
    • iOS (recommended)
  • Local File access to home directory

    • OS X, macOS
    • Windows
  • Wired keyboards (recommended)
  • Convertible Chromebooks - no tablet mode
(warning) Virtual Environments
  • Some customers successfully use virtualization/thin clients; however, Pearson does not provide support for these technologies. 
  • Those using these technologies are responsible for their virtualized environment security and performance. 
  • Prior to high-stakes testing, customers should compare virtual environment performance to that of a non-virtual environment.

For details on support changes, see the Recently Updated page.

Upcoming Support Changes

Pearson aligns support requirements with changing technologies.

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Pearson may further update this list as the school year approaches. 

  • Windows 7 and 8.1

When updates are released, Pearson first tests a beta version and reports bugs to developers. When the final version is publicly released, Pearson also tests this version to ensure TestNav compatibility before supporting it. When hardware or software deprecates, Pearson drops support for it

TestNav App Update General Info

Customers may take app releases at varying times, depending on testing sessionsMethods for app updates vary by app and OS.

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Auto update - No action required*:

  • Android
  • Chrome
  • Windows Store

Download from App Store:

  •  iOS app

Download from download.testnav.com:

  • TestNav desktop app

*Unless the auto-update feature is disabled. If disabled, download updated versions from the appropriate app store.

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titleSecure Testing (TestNav Apps Only)

TestNav apps run in kiosk mode to prevent students from accessing any other web pages or applications while testing.

Devices/OS
Supported Versions
Download TestNav
Setup Instructions
Tablets, Chromebooks, Chromeboxes
Android7.0
For info on Android, see 
TestNav - Android App and Secure Testing

From Google Play

Set Up TestNav on Android
Chrome OS74-77

From Chrome Web Store

Set Up TestNav on Chrome OS

iOS

12 - 13.1.x


From the App Store

Set Up TestNav on iOS
Laptops, Desktops

Linux

Ubuntu 18.04 (64-bit)

From TestNav downloads

Set Up TestNav on Linux

OS X/macOS

10.12, 10.13, 10.14, 10.15

From TestNav downloads 

Set Up TestNav on OS X, macOS
Windows7, 8.1, 10 (includes Windows Store app)

From TestNav downloads or Windows Store

Set Up TestNav on Windows
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titleNon-Secure (Practice) Testing

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For practice tests, you can use the TestNav apps or the browsers in the table below:

OS

Versions and Corresponding Browsers

Chrome OS

74-77 Google Chrome 74-77

iOS

12 - 13.1.x  Safari 12.x - 13.x

OS X/macOS


10.12, 10.13, 10.14, 10.15 Safari 12.x - 13.x; Firefox 63-69

Windows


  • 7, 8, 8.1 Firefox 63-69
  • 7, 8.1, 10, Google Chrome 74-76; IE 11
  • 10 Microsoft Edge
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titleAudio Recorder

TestNav supports audio recorder interactions only through the TestNav app on these OSs*:

  • Windows
  • Mac
  • iOS
  • Chrome OS

*These interactions are not supported on any browser.