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Assesment Devices

Eligible devices of any type (desktop, laptop, netbook, tablet, thin client) or operating system (Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, Chrome) must have the administrative tools and capabilities to “lock down” the device to temporarily disable features, functionalities, and applications that could present a security risk during test administration, and should not prevent a Pearson’s TestNav from entering the computer into lock down mode. Features that will need to be controlled during test administration include, but are not limited to:

  • unrestricted Internet access, 
  • cameras (still and video), 
  • screen capture (live and recorded), 
  •  email, instant messaging, 
  •  Bluetooth connections, 
  •  application switching, 
  •  and printing.

The operating systems listed here as approved for TestNav meet this security requirement, but provide different mechanisms for managing user security settings at the individual device and/or enterprise levels. School technology administrators should be familiar with the particular requirements of the systems they will be using for TestNav to ensure test security is maintained.

In situations where students are responsible for their technology devices, districts must balance the security and configuration implications of granting students administrative rights on their computers.  Granting students administrative or elevated rights to install software or make configuration changes may provide greater challenges in preparation for online testing.  Districts can better control the configuration of student computers and ensure preparedness for online testing when students are not granted administrative rights to their computers, or when those elevated rights are tightly controlled. Ultimately it is the districts responsibility to assure security for each device being used in the assessment.


Identify Assessment Devices

  • Make certain all assessment devices meet minimum requirements. 

Environment Security 

  • Make certain that the student have permissions to save the student response files (SRF) to the designated primary and secondary directories.
  • Ensure that any applications on testing workstations that could take over the computer thereby causing the testing application to close (i.e. screen savers, scheduled virus scans, operating system updates, etc.) are disabled.
  • Verify that the TestNav is accessible from all workstations to be used for testing.
  • Make certain that the TestNav content and Certificates are trusted on student devices.

Device Verification

  • Complete System Check for TestNav.
  • Verify that all workstations meet minimum requirements for test delivery and all third party software dependencies and updated versions of software have been installed. For proper functioning of the system, the following must be enabled:
    • Java runtime plugin version 1.5 and higher,
    • Browser window Pop-ups for Pearson sites,
    • Local File access to home directory.
  • Complete System Check verification on student computers used for assessment.
  • If the devices are similar, you may sample 2 to 3 devices in an assessment environment.

Windows XP Devices

Schools testing with XP devices must install HTML 5 compliant browser such as Firefox or Chrome to comply with TestNav 8 requirements.


Apple Devices

Setting Safari 6.1 to Allow TestNav 8

    • Safari for Mac OSX 10.7.5+ and Mac OSX 10.8,  In this version Apple has taken steps to protect users by limiting what applications/software can write to the hard drive. However, TestNav needs to be able to write to the hard drive in order to function. Safari security preferences must be configured to allow to write to the computer's hard drive.

OS X v10.9 "Mavericks" and Safari Browser 7.0.1 are not  supported in TestNav 8 at this time.

Managing iPads for Secure Testing

There are several options for districts to manage multiple iPads for secure testing.

  • Manually configure iPads for single app mode via Guided Access (iOS 6 and above).
  • Enable/Disable single app mode with Apple Configurator via USB (iOS 6 and above).
  • Enable/Disable single app mode wirelessly via Apple Profile Manager or third party Mobile Device Manager (MDM) (iOS 6 and above).
  • Enable/Disable app requested single app mode via third party MDM (iOS 7 and above).

Chromebooks & Computer-Based Testing

Pearson has developed a Chromebook TestNav app available from the Chromebook app store

  • Chromebook app is available at no cost.
  • Encrypted Student Response Files (SRFs) are saved on the student device as the student tests.

LEAs must take steps to configure Chromebooks to deliver tests securely. 

  • Chromebooks must be configured for kiosk mode whenever TestNav is launched.
  • LEAs can configure Chromebooks via the Chrome Admin console.

 Virtual Devices and Online Assessment

There are many different types of virtualization technologies in use in school environments, many of which have broadly different implications on both test security as well as the potential for performance impacts to a student experience. The DTC must ensure virtualization solutions for online testing can both ensure appropriate test security during the assessment as well as provide a comparable student experience in order to prevent performance issues from impacting student performance on the assessments.



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