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Hardware Requirements ♦ Software Requirements


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

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Do not use devices that take 10 seconds or more to start/run applications.

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Hardware Requirements

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iPads

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(2020-21 School Year)

Requirement

Details

Processor

x86/x32 and x64

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; AMD, ARM*, or Intel-based™

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any

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any

Memory

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Recommended
1 GB RAM 
Minimum 
512 MB RAM

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Recommended
2 GB RAM
Minimum
1 GB RAM

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Recommended
1 GB RAM 
(iPad 3rd gen +)
Minimum
512 MB RAM 
(iPad 2) 

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Recommended
4 GB RAM
Minimum 
2 GB RAM 

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Minimum screen size

4 GB RAM; Minimum - 2 GB RAM

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

Screen Size

9.5-in

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9.5-in

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9.5-in

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9.5-in

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Minimum screen resolution

Resolution

1024 x 768

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1024 x 768

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1024 x 768

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1024 x 768

Other

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Windows touchscreen devices supported only with IE 11

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

    • Android, Windows (required)

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titleUpcoming Browser Requirement Changes

Beginning with the 2016-17 school year, the following changes take effect.

Tests that Require Kiosk Mode*

Add support for:

  • Firefox ESR 45 (32-bit)

Remove support for:

  • IE 11
  • Firefox 44 and below
  • Safari (all versions)

Tests that Do Not Require Kiosk Mode*

Add support for:

  • Chrome 50 and higher
  • Edge
  • Firefox 45 and higher
  • Safari 9.x

See also, upcoming operating system requirement changes above.

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    • iOS (recommended)
  • Local File access to home directory

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Local File access to home directory

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  • Turn off auto-correction and predictive text - see instructions
  • External (wired) keyboard recommended

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External keyboard required
Wired hardware is recommended

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1These requirements do not supersede the minimum requirements of the supported operating systems (OS)s. Refer to the minimum requirements for the OS.

Note

As a general rule regarding optimal online testing, you should avoid using any computer that takes noticeably long (10 seconds or more) to start and run applications.

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Open the following URLs and ports in any firewalls, proxy servers, or software used for Internet content filtering:

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URL:Port 2

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

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titleUpcoming OS Requirement Changes (browser-based and installable TestNav)

Beginning with the 2016-17 school year, the following changes take effect.

Remove support for:

  • Fedora 22 and below; Ubuntu 12.04
  • OS X 10.8 and below
  • Windows 8.0
  • iOS 9.2 and below
  • Chrome OS 49 and below

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Browser

Operating systems

Other requirements

Firefox 38 and higher

Windows: 7, 8, 8.1
Mac OS X: 10.7, 10.8, 10.9, 10.10, 10.11

  • Java 1.8
  • Enable pop-ups for TestNav
  • Create javaw.exe exception in Windows Firewall

  • Disable Skype plugins in Windows 7

IE 11

Windows: 7, 8.1, 10

  • Java 1.8
  • Enable pop-ups for TestNav
  • Create javaw.exe exception in Windows firewall

Safari 6.x

Mac OS X: 10.7, 10.8

  • Java 1.8
  • Enable pop-ups for TestNav

Safari 7.x

Mac OS X: 10.9

  • Java 1.8
  • Enable pop-ups for TestNav

Safari 8.x

Mac OS X: 10.10

  • Java 1.8
  • Enable pop-ups for TestNav
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    • 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.

*Not supported on Windows

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

Upcoming Support Changes

Pearson aligns support requirements with changing technologies. See the TestNav System Requirement Policy for details.

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 sessions. Methods 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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Software Requirements (2020-21 School Year)

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titleCalculate upcoming support changes...

Annually, Pearson updates support requirements based on the TestNav System Requirement Policy.

Districts should use this policy to determine annual purchasing needs and prepare devices.

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titleSecure Testing (TestNav Apps Only)

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For high-stakes tests, TestNav apps run in kiosk mode to prevent students from accessing any other web pages or applications

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Operating system

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Download the app

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while testing.

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Use the links below to download and set up the app for your supported operating system.

Devices/OS
Supported Versions
Download TestNav
Setup Instructions
Tablets, Chromebooks, Chromeboxes
Android9.x
For info on Android, see 
TestNav - Android App and Secure Testing

From Google Play

Set Up TestNav on Android

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Chrome OS

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iOS
Laptops, Desktops

Linux

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Fedora 28 (64-bit); Ubuntu

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18.04

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OS X

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/macOS

10.

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13-10.

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, macOS
Windows

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7, 8

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.1, 10* (includes Windows Store app)

From TestNav downloads

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or Windows Store

Set Up TestNav

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You must also complete specific processes to set up and run TestNav. See Browser-based TestNav Setup Overview and Installable TestNav Setup Overview.

 

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titleUpcoming Installable App Requirement Changes

Version 1.5.x of each installable TestNav app will be available at http://download.testnav.com.

This update will be available in Summer 2016 and is required for the 2016-17 school year.

See also, upcoming operating system requirement changes above.

*Build version 17763.107 or higher

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titleNon-Secure Testing

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For tests that do not require kiosk mode, you can use the TestNav apps or the browsers in the table below:

OS

Versions and Corresponding Browsers

Chrome OS

83-85 Google Chrome 83-85

iOS

12-13.x  Safari 12.x-13.x

OS X/macOS

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 83-85
  • 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.