After you download TestNav Desktop for Windows 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 Desktop 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 your proctor caching computer(s).

  5. Set Up Response File Backups, and set up a Secondary Save Location.

  6. Run an infrastructure trial.

Install TestNav Desktop

TestNav program files are saved in C:\Program Files (x86)\TestNav. If you are using the .exe installer, you can choose a different install directory.

  1. Double-click the .msi or .exe  file that you downloaded.

    .msi (Microsoft installer) file - contains explicit instructions about installing and removing an application.
    .exe (executable) file - provides a built-in installation wizard. You can choose program file locations using this type of installation.

  2. The Open File - Security Warning appears and asks if you want to run the TestNav file. Click Run.

    1. If you downloaded the .msi installer, the installer window appears and automatically installs TestNav.

    2. If you downloaded the .exe installer:

      1. The Setup - TestNav window appears and asks if you want to continue installing TestNav. Click Yes.

      2. The TestNav Setup Wizard appears. Click Next.

      3. The Select Destination Location window appears. By default, TestNav program files save in C:\Program Files (x86)\TestNav. You can keep the default setting, or click Browse to choose another location. Then, click Next.

      4. The Select Start Menu Folder window appears. By default, the setup wizard also stores program shortcuts in a Pearson folder in the Start menu folder. You can keep the default setting, or click Browse to choose another location. Then, click Next.

      5. Click Install.

      6. By default, the Launch TestNav check box is selected. If you do not want to immediately launch TestNav, deselect the check box, and then click Finish.

Because TestNav installation does not add entries to the Windows registry, you can copy the TestNav application and push it to student computers for mass installation.

TestNav Desktop Updates

TestNav program file updates are saved in {user_home}\AppData\Local\PearsonYou must give students write access to the update directory.

Sign in to TestNav

  1. From the Start menu, click TestNav
    TestNav should appear in the Start menu. If you do not see TestNav, type TestNav in the search box.

  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.