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Supported Systems for Secure Testing

The following systems are supported for the Field Test and Practice Test.

Desktops/Laptops:

  • Windows XP (with Service Pack 3), Vista, 7, 8.0, 8.1: Download Windows Secure Browser 6.3
  • Mac 10.4 (all) and 10.5 (PowerPC): Download Mac Secure Browser 5.6
  • Mac 10.5–10.9 (Intel): Download Mac Secure Browser 6.3
  • Linux Fedora Core 6+; Ubuntu 9–12: Download Linux Secure Browser 6.3

Tablets:

  • Windows: AIR is working on solutions so that the Windows Secure Browser 7 can be utilized on Windows 8.1 Pro touch screen devices.
  • Apple iPad running iOS 6.0–7.1: Download Mobile Secure Browser from App Store
    • Supported iPad versions: 2, 3, Retina display
    • Notes:
      • The iPad Mini is NOT supported.
      • Based on functional tests performed by Apple and assurances from Apple that key features of iOS 7 behave consistently on all models of iPad, Smarter Balanced has agreed to support the iPad Air for use on the Field Test.
  • Android tablets running OS 4.0.4–4.2: Download Mobile Secure Browser from Google Play Store
    • Supported Android tablets: Google Nexus 10, Motorola Xoom, Motorola Xyboard, Samsung Galaxy Note (10.1), Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1)

Google Chromebooks:
AIR has worked with Google to develop a secure kiosk application for use with Chromebooks. You may add this application to both managed and non-managed Chromebook devices.


About the Secure Browsers:

The correct secure browser must be installed on each computer that will be used for the Field Test. We strongly recommend that you install the secure browser on each individual computer. Please note: Any secure browsers used for the Cog Labs, Small Scale Trials, or Pilot Test should be uninstalled. Those versions will not connect to the Field Test environment.

Click the tabs below to access secure browsers and/or instructions for your operating system. The instructions on this page are for installation on individual machines.

  • From each computer to be used for testing, access the Internet, and download and install the browser OR
  • Download and save the browser onto a media device (such as a flash drive) and then copy and install the files onto each computer OR
  • Download and save the browser to a network folder and then copy it onto each computer.

For additional information and instructions, including installing a secure browser to machines over a network or installing the secure browser on a computer without administrator rights, refer to the Technical Specifications Manual for Online Testing document.

For information about installing and setting up the secure mobile browser on iPad and Android tablets, refer to the About the Secure Browsers for iPad and Android Tablets document.

For additional assistance with installation, please contact the Smarter Balanced Help Desk at 1-855-833-1969 or smarterbalancedhelpdesk@ets.org.

California users: For assistance, contact the CalTAC Help Desk.

Note: For Consortium states that have AIR secure browsers for statewide testing this year, the Smarter Balanced secure browsers for desktops and laptops for the Field Test will NOT require you to uninstall your secure browser. However, these secure browsers will not allow students to access your statewide assessments. They MUST use the appropriate secure browser to access those tests. The mobile secure browsers can be used to access either the Smarter Balanced Field Test or your statewide assessments.

Note: The installation file for Windows computers is an .msi file, which requires administration rights. The steps below assume an administrator is installing the secure browser.

Installing Windows Secure Browser 6.3

  1. Click the [Download Browser] link above. A dialog box will pop up. Note: This step may slightly vary depending on the browser you are currently using.
    • If presented with a choice to either “Run” or “Save” the file, select “Run.” This will install the secure browser directly without the need to save the installation package to your computer.
    • If you receive a Security Warning at this point, please select “Run” from the proceeding dialog box.
  2. If presented only with the option to [Save], save the file to a convenient location, such as the desktop.
    • Double-click the installation file (SBACSecureBrowser6.3-Win.msi) to open the SBAC Secure Browser 6.3 Setup Wizard. Note: This step only applies to users that saved the file to their computer. Users that selected “Run” in Step 1 can go directly to Step 3.
  3. From the SBAC Secure Browser 6.3 Setup Wizard, follow the instructions on the screen to finish installation. Select the Standard installation option to install the browser in its default location: C:Program FilesSBACSecureBrowser6.3.
  4. Click [Finish] to launch the SBAC Secure Browser directly from the Setup Wizard OR double-click the SBAC Secure Browser 6.3 icon that is on the desktop.
  5. Upon launching the secure browser, you will see the student login screen. Note: The browser will fill the entire screen.
  6. Click [Close] in the upper-right corner to exit the browser.

Download the Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5 Secure Browser:

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Download Browser
Click here to download the Secure Browser.

This section provides instructions for installing secure browser 5.6 on the following computers:
  • Mac 10.4 computers with either PowerPC or Intel-based processors
  • Mac 10.5 computers with PowerPC processors
Do not download this secure browser for Mac OS 10.5 computers with Intel processors. If you have Mac 10.5 computers and you do not know which processors they have, you can check easily. From the Apple drop-down menu, click “About This Mac.” The screen will indicate the operating system version and processor your computer is using.
  • If you see PowerPC, download and install secure browser 5.6 using the instructions in this section.
  • If you see Intel, download and install secure browser 6.3 for Mac OS X. Click the tab that says “Mac OS X 10.5–10.9 (Intel).”

Installing Mac OS 10.4 and 10.5 Secure Browser 5.6

  1. Click the [Download Browser] link above. A dialog box will pop up. (If prompted for a download location, select the desktop.) Note: This step may vary slightly depending on the browser version you are currently using.
    • If your browser automatically mounts the SBACSecureBrowser5.6 folder, you can proceed to Step 3.
    • If your computer opens the Software License Agreement page, you can proceed to Step 4.
    • If you receive a warning message that the file contains an application, click [Continue] and proceed to Step 4.
  2. Open the file (SBACSecureBrowser5.6-OSX.dmg) to expand its contents. Double-click the file (SBACSecureBrowser5.6-OSX.dmg) to mount the SBACSecureBrowser5.6 folder on the desktop. Note: Your computer may automatically expand the file upon download.
  3. Double-click the mounted folder (SBACSecureBrowser5.6).
  4. Click [Accept] on the Software License Agreement Page.
  5. Drag the SBACSecureBrowser5.6 icon to your Applications folder.
    Important: The secure browser must be launched at this point to successfully complete the installation. The browser will disable Exposé (hot corner) settings if they are set and they will remain disabled after the browser is closed. The dock will appear the first time the Exposé settings are being disabled on browser launch. System security will not be affected as applications opened from the dock open in the background and cannot be accessed.
  6. Double-click the SBACSecureBrowser5.6 icon in the Applications folder to launch the secure browser. Upon launching the secure browser, you will see the student login screen. Note: The browser will fill the entire screen.
  7. Click [Close] in the upper-right corner to exit the browser.

Download the Mac OS X 10.5–10.9 Secure Browser:

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Download Browser
Click here to download the Secure Browser.

This section provides instructions for installing secure browser 6.3 on computers with OS 10.5–10.9 and that have Intel-based processors. (Some Mac 10.5 computers have PowerPC processors and others have Intel-based processors. All Mac computers with OS 10.6, 10.7, 10.8, or 10.9 have Intel-based processors.) Do not download this secure browser for Mac OS 10.5 computers with PowerPC processors. If you have Mac 10.5 computers and you do not know which processors they have, you can check easily. From the Apple drop-down menu, click “About This Mac.” The screen will indicate the operating system version and processor your computer is using.
  • If you see Intel, download and install secure browser 6.3 using the instructions in this section.
  • If you see PowerPC, download and install secure browser 5.6 for Mac OS X. Click the tab that says “Mac OS X 10.4 (PowerPC/Intel); 10.5 (PowerPC).”

Installing Mac OS 10.5–10.9 Secure Browser 6.3

      1. Click the [Download Browser] link above. (If prompted for a download location, select the desktop.) Note: This step may vary slightly depending on the browser version you are currently using.
        • If your browser automatically mounts SBACSecureBrowser6.3 folder, you can proceed to Step 3.
        • If your computer opens the Software License Agreement page, you can proceed to Step 4.
        • If you receive a warning message that the file contains an application, click [Continue] and proceed to Step 4.
      2. Open the file (SBACSecureBrowser6.3-OSX.dmg) to expand its contents. Double-click the file (SBACSecureBrowser6.3-OSX.dmg) to mount the SBACSecureBrowser6.3 folder on the desktop. Note: Your computer may automatically expand the file upon download.
      3. Double-click the mounted folder (SBACSecureBrowser6.3).
      4. Click [Accept] on the Software License Agreement Page.
      5. Drag the SBACSecureBrowser6.3 icon to your Applications folder.
Important: The secure browser must be launched at this point to successfully complete the installation.
  • For Mac 10.5, the secure browser will disable Exposé (hot corner) settings if they are set and they will remain disabled after the browser is closed.
  • For Mac 10.6, Exposé settings will be disabled only when the secure browser is launched. The dock will appear the first time the Exposé settings are being disabled on browser launch. System security is not affected as applications opened from the dock open in the background and cannot be accessed.
  • For Mac 10.7, 10.8, and 10.9, you will need to disable Spaces in Mission Control on each computer before students can use the secure browser. Instructions for disabling Spaces can be found in the Technical Specifications Manual for Online Testing.
    1. Double-click the SBACSecureBrowser6.3 icon in the Applications folder to launch the secure browser. Upon launching the secure browser, you will see the student login screen. Note: The browser will fill the entire screen.
    2. Click [Close] in the upper-right corner to exit the browser.

Installing Linux Secure Browser 6.3

  1. Click the [Download Browser] link above and save the file to your desktop.
  2. Right-click the downloaded file (SBACSecureBrowser6.3.tar.bz2) and select “Extract Here” to expand the file. This creates the SBACSecureBrowser6.3 folder on the desktop. Note: To expand the compressed image using command line, use “tar jxvf SBACSecureBrowser6.3.tar.bz2.”
  3. Open the SBACSecureBrowser6.3 folder.
  4. Double-click the file “install-icon.sh” and select “Run” from the prompt. * (Note: This will create the “SBACSecureBrowser6.3” icon on the desktop.)
  5. From the desktop, double-click the SBACSecureBrowser6.3 icon to launch the browser.
  6. Upon launching the secure browser, you will see the student login screen. Note: The browser will fill the entire screen.
  7. Click [Close] in the upper-right corner to exit the browser.
  * If you do not want to run the installer, you can extract the files by opening the “SBACSecureBrowser6.3” file and selecting “Run” from the options in the message dialog box.

Software for Text-to-Speech

In addition to downloading the Linux secure browser, you will also need to download and install two software programs: Festival and Sound eXchange (SoX). These programs will ensure that students who use Text-to-Speech (TTS) can hear the audio in the online tests. Download Festival Download SoX More information about Text-to-Speech can be found in the Technical Specifications Manual for Online Testing document.

Downloading and Installing the iOS Mobile Secure Browser

The secure browser for online testing for iPads can be downloaded from the App store. The process for installing or updating the secure browser is the same as for any other application.
  1. On your iPad, click the Download Browser link above. You will be taken to the \"AIRSecureTest\" application download page.
  2. Tap or select the [Free] or [Update] button. The button will change to say [Install App].
  3. Tap or select [Install App].
  4. Enter your Apple ID password.
  5. The mobile secure browser will download and install onto your iPad. Look for the AIRSecureTest icon.
 

Secure Testing on iPads

To ensure a secure test environment, Guided Access must be enabled and activated before students can log in to a test session. Guided Access is an iOS feature that allows users to restrict activity to a single application and also prevents taking screenshots or changing to another application. Students will not be able to log in if Guided Access is not enabled and activated.
For complete Mobile Secure Browser instructions, including how to enable and activate Guided Access, refer to the About the Secure Browsers for iPad and Android Tablets document.

Downloading and Installing the Android Mobile Secure Browser

The secure browser for online testing for supported Android tablets can be downloaded from the Google Play store. The process for installing the secure browser is the same as for any other application.
  1. On your Android tablet, click the Download Browser link above. You will be taken to the AIRSecureTest application download page.
  2. Tap or select the [Install] button.
  3. The mobile secure browser will download and install onto your Android tablet. Look for the AIRSecureTest icon.
 

Secure Testing on Android Tablets

The secure browsers for Android tablets require the secure browser keyboard to be selected before students can access the login page. The reason for this is that the default Android keyboard allows predictive text, which would unduly aid students when entering written responses to test items. The secure browser keyboard is a basic keyboard, with no row for predictive text functionality.
For complete Android Mobile Secure Browser instructions, including how to enable the secure browser keyboard, refer to the About the Secure Browsers for iPad and Android Tablets document.

Download the Google Chromebooks Secure Browser:

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Download Browser
Click here to download the Secure Browser.

About Chromebooks and the AIRSecureTest Kiosk App

The American Institutes for Research has worked with Google to develop a secure browser kiosk application that can be downloaded onto Chromebooks from the Chrome Web Store. Using the AIRSecureTest kiosk application requires Chromebooks to run in kiosk mode. Note: The AIRSecureTest browser is not a hosted app. In order to support text-to-speech capabilities, AIR developed a packaged kiosk application. As a result, this app must be deployed onto managed Chromebooks via the Chrome Management Console as a kiosk application rather than via a public session. (You may still use public sessions for other applications.) This section outlines the basic steps for adding the AIRSecureTest app to managed Chromebooks and ensuring that the app runs in kiosk mode. Google has provided documentation for the sole purpose of running kiosk apps on Chromebooks. Links to this information are at the end of this section.

Adding the AIRSecureTest Kiosk App to Managed Chromebooks

Note: These instructions are for Chrome Device Managers who will add the secure browser to their domain-managed Chromebook devices.
  1. As the Chromebook administrator, log into your ChromeOS management console (https://admin.google.com).
  2. Navigate to Device management > Chrome management > Device settings.
  3. On the Device settings page, scroll down to the “Kiosk Settings” section:
    • Ensure that Single App Kiosk is set to “Allow Single App Kiosk.” Note: The AIRSecureTest app is not compatible with public sessions. However, you may still use public sessions as necessary for other Chromebook use (e.g., classroom instruction or other test administrations).
  4. Click the [Manage Kiosk Applications] link. The Kiosk Apps window will appear. You will need to add the AIRSecureTest app.
    1. Click [Chrome Web Store].
    2. In the search box, type “AIRSecureTest” (without quotes) and press [Enter].
    3. The AIRSecureTest app will appear. Click the [Add] link. The app will appear in the “Total to install” section.
    4. Click [Save].
Once these steps are complete, the AIRSecureTest application will appear on all managed Chromebook devices. Note: Students do NOT need to log into Chromebooks to take the test. When Chromebooks are powered up, simply click the [Apps] link in the bottom row and select the [AIRSecureTest] app. The secure browser will open in full-screen mode. Important: If you launch the AIRSecureTest app and receive the following error message, then the secure browser is installed properly but not configured to run in kiosk mode: “The AIRSecureTest application requires kiosk mode to be enabled.” Ensure that the above steps are completed. The AIRSecureTest app must appear in the Manage Kiosk applications window in Step 4.

Adding the AIRSecureTest App to Non-Managed Chromebooks

Note: Instructions for downloading the secure browser onto individual, non-managed Chromebook devices will be available soon.

Google Documentation