After you download TestNav and ProctorCache, complete the following:

These ordered steps correspond to sections below or a related setup page. You can click each link to go directly to the corresponding processes.

  1. Install TestNav app using the instructions below.

  2. Run App Check to verify system readiness.
  3. Sign in to TestNav to ensure that it installed properly.
  4. Set up ProctorCache on proctor caching computer(s)

  5. Set Up Response File Backups, and set up a Secondary Save Location
  6. Run an infrastructure trial.

Install TestNav

TestNav program files are saved in Applications/TestNav.

  1. Double-click the .dmg file (for example, testnav-1.4.1.dmg) that you downloaded. The TestNav install window appears.

  2. Drag the TestNav icon into the Applications folder.
  3. Eject the TestNav installer from Devices in the Finder sidebar. You can also eject it from the Desktop.

You can copy the TestNav application and push it to student computers for mass installation.

For macOS 10.14+, you must grant TestNav full privacy & accessibility control to administer secure tests. Click or tap System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Privacy. Scroll to Accessibility, and add or select TestNav.

TestNav App Updates

TestNav program file updates are saved in {user_home}/Library/Application Support/Pearson. You must give students write access to the update directory.


Run App Check

Sign in to TestNav

  1. Open TestNav from the Applications folder.

  2. If you have not already done so, choose the appropriate icon for your test on the home page. If your test was selected before the test session, you see the Sign In page, rather than the home page.  

    1. If you need to select a different test, click the user drop-down menu at the upper-right of the page, and click Choose a different customer.

    2. Click the appropriate icon for your test.


  3. Start a test to ensure that you can do so without error.

Set Up Response File Backups

Default Primary Save Location 

Operating SystemSRF LocationLog File Location



Secondary Save Location

You can set a secondary save location through your assessment management system. Set a secure file transfer protocol (SFTP) address as the save location to ensure that the secondary save applies to all testing computers and devices.