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Precaching refers to downloading encrypted test content from the Pearson testing server to the proctor caching computer on your local network. Precaching is done using PearsonAccessnext with ProctorCache.

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You can choose to precache content by test or session. 

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BrowsersOperating SystemsPrecache using the Java appletPrecache without the Java applet
IE 11Windows 7

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YesWith this browser, you cannot precache without using the Java applet.
Firefox 50*Windows 7YesWith this browser, you cannot precache without using the Java applet.
Chrome 56Windows 7With this browser, you cannot precache using the Java applet.Yes
Safari 9MAC OS 10.9

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 * You cannot precache with Firefox 52, as Java plugin is not supported on Firefox 52. 

Depending on your browser, you can precache content with or without using the ProctorCache Java applet. 

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Prerequisites

If you cache content by sessions, you must perform the following task only after you create a test session(s).

You must either disable pop-up blocker or

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add an exception to allow pop-ups from your precaching URL.

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  1. Click Firefox

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  1. , and select Preferences... 
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  1.  Content, and select the Block pop-up windows

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  1. checkboxThen, click Exceptions.

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  2.  Your secure test website should appear in the Site column, and Allow should appear in the Status column.

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    1. If you do not see your secure test website in the Site column with an Allow status, type your secure test website in to the Address of website field, and click Allow.

  2. Click Save Changes.

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  1. , and select Pop-Up Blocker. Pop up blocker is turned on.
  2. Select Pop-Up Blocker Settings, and add your secure website into Exceptions.Image Added

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  1. Click Settings

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  1. , and click Show Advanced Settings

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  1. . Click Privacy.
  2. Click Content Settings... under Pop-ups, select Do not allow any site to show pop-ups

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  2. Click Manage exceptions.. and add your secure website.
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  1. go to Security. Pop-up blocker is turned on.
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Precaching can be done two ways: 

  • Precache by Test: Content for selected tests
  • Precache Test Content: Content for selected test sessions

Precache Test Content by Test

To cache content by test, follow these steps:

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Cache Content by Test

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  2. Click the checkbox to select one or more tests from the list.

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  2. Select one Precache Server from the list.

  3. Click Precache

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  3. Dependent upon your browser security settings, a second popup message may display. Agree to any necessary prompts to continue processing.
    (info) For example, when using Chrome, click Send anyway.
  4. The TestNav status tab/window reflects the precaching status.

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Open the task list and select Precaching Test Content and click Start.

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  1. (info) If no precaching is reflected, return to the popup message from step 5, and click Precache once again focusing on any security popups.
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Precache Test Content by the Selected Test Sessions

From Testing > Sessions, search to find test session(s) set up to use proctor caching or click the down arrow next to the Search button and select show all results. Select the session(s) you want to edit.

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Open the task list and select Precaching Test Content and click Start.

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Cache Content by Sessions

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  1. From Testing, select Sessions.

  2. Type a session name into the search field, and click Search.

  3. Click the checkbox next to the session.

  4. Click Select Tasks, select Precaching Test Content, and click Start.

  5. Click Precache.

    If content does not appear when precaching and there are no students in the session, add students to the test session and try again.

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Precaching starts. 

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An information page displays that caching is in progress and the parameters being used. At the same time, the ProctorCache application will open. From that application you can view caching progress. See Set Up and Use ProctorCache for directions.

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The ProctorCache page provides access to cache status. See Set Up and Use ProctorCache for more details.

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After processing is complete, close the pop-up window. 

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View Available Tests Cached Content Status

To view available tests cached content status, follow these steps:

From Testing > Sessions, search to find test session(s) that you want to view or refresh or click the down arrow next to the Search button to reveal and select the option to show all results. Select the session(s) you want to view or refresh.

  1. Dependent upon your browser security settings, a second popup message may display. Agree to any necessary prompts to continue processing.
    (info) For example, when using Chrome, click Send anyway.
  2. The TestNav status tab/window reflects the precaching status.
    (info) If no precaching is reflected, return to the popup message from step 5, and click Precache once again focusing on any security popups.
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  1. From Testing, select Sessions.
  2. Type a session name into the search field, and click Search.

  3. Click the checkbox next to the session.

  4. Click Select Tasks, click Precaching Test Content, and click Start.

  5. Click View Status to open ProctorCache in a new window.

  6. From the application, you can refresh downloaded test content, reload the content, or purge content from the cache. See Set Up and Use ProctorCache for directions.

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You can also refresh downloaded content for that test, reload the content, or purge content from the cache. 

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To learn how to refresh and reload cached content, see Set Up and Use ProctorCacheRefresh, Reload, and Purge ProctorCache.