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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 using PearsonAccessnext with ProctorCache software.

Precaching can be done two ways: 

  • Precache by Test: Use this to precache content for selected tests. 
  • Precache Test Content: Use this to precache test content for selected test sessions. 

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

The following

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is the recommended list of browsers for precaching:

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BrowsersOperating SystemsPrecache using the Java appletPrecache without the Java applet

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IE 11Windows 7YesWith this browser, you cannot Precache without using the Java applet.
FireFox 50Windows 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 10.9With this browser, you cannot Precache using the Java applet.Yes

 

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:

  1. From Setup > Precache by Test, mark the boxes 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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Precache Test Content by the Selected Test Sessions

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

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  3. Click Precache. You can also click View Status at any time to view caching status. If content is not appearing when precaching and there are no students in the session, add students to the test session and try again.

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  4. 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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    This screenshot shows that precaching has started.

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

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