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Install the secure browser on every device students use to take a test in the SAT Suite of Assessments.

If Your School Uses AIR for Other Tests

You need to act even if your school uses the AIR® TIDE system and secure browser for other tests. For Windows and Mac, follow the instructions below to install the College Board version of the secure browser. For Chromebooks or iPads, change the assessment program in AIR Secure Test:

  1. Launch AIR Secure Test.
  2. Use the menu icon to return to the Secure Browser Launchpad.
  3. Select College Board from the state/organization drop-down.

Download and Install

Install AIR Secure Test on iPads and on Chromebooks and the latest versions of the CB Secure Browser on computers using supported versions of Windows, Mac OS, and Linux.

 

These instructions are for installing AIRSecureTest, the secure browser for Chrome OS, as a kiosk application. For detailed instructions, see the Chrome OS Technology Guide (.pdf/388 KB).

Versions 2017 and Later

The AIRSecureTest kiosk application must be installed on Google devices for students to access the secure browser. Students can no longer test on Chromebooks manufactured in 2017 or later without an Enterprise or Education license. Google no longer allows users without these licenses to set up kiosk mode, which is necessary to run the AIR secure browser.

This change restricting kiosk mode does not affect the Chrome operating system. You can still use any version of Chrome OS on hardware manufactured in 2016 or earlier.

To launch these devices in kiosk mode, they must be configured to be managed through the school's Google Admin Console. Further details on how to do this can be found on the Google support page.

Download the AIR Secure Test app for Chrome OS

On Managed Devices

The following links provide instructions from Google for installing AIR Secure Test on Chromebooks and managing device settings on managed Chromebooks.

These instructions are for installing the Secure Browser on stand-alone Chromebook devices:

  1. Sign in to the Admin console.
  2. Go to Device management > Chrome management > Device settings > Kiosk Apps. Click on Manage Kiosk Applications.
  3. In the dialog that appears select the exam kiosk app you want to use. You can search for it on the Chrome Web Store, or manually install it if you have the app ID and URL by selecting Specify a Custom App.
  4. On the same Device settings page, under Kiosk Settings > Auto-Launch Kiosk App, select the app.
  5. Make sure the devices you want to administer the exam with are under the organizational unit you select for the kiosk app.

On Stand-Alone Devices

These instructions are for installing the AIRSecureTest secure browser as a kiosk app on stand-alone Chromebook devices.

Important:

Warning: Back Up Your Data

The procedure described in step 5 below erases all data. Before wiping, make sure you've backed it up.

  1. From your network administrator, obtain the following:
    • The wireless network the Chromebook connects to. This typically includes the network’s SSID, password, and other access credentials.
    • An email and password for logging in to Gmail.
  2. Power off, then power on your Chromebook.
  3. If the OS verification is Off message appears, do the following (otherwise skip to step 4):
    1. Press Space. In the confirmation screen, press Enter. The Chromebook reboots.
    2. In the Welcome screen, select your language and keyboard, and enter the network name and password you obtained in step 1. Back in the Welcome screen, click Continue.
    3. In the Google Chrome OS Terms screen, click Accept and continue.
  4. If this Chromebook was already wiped and configured for a wireless network, skip to step 10; otherwise, continue with step 5.
  5. When the Sign In screen appears, wipe the Chromebook by doing the following (after backing up your data):
    1. Press Esc + Refresh + Power. The screen displays a yellow exclamation point (!).
    2. Press Ctrl + D to begin developer mode. A message appears with instructions on how to turn off OS Verification.
    3. Press Enter. A screen displaying another OS Verification message and a red exclamation point appears.
    4. Press Ctrl + D again. The Chromebook indicates it is transitioning to developer mode. The transition takes approximately 10 minutes, then the Chromebook reboots.
    5. After the Chromebook reboots, the OS verification is Off message appears again. Press Space, then press Enter. The Chromebook reboots, and the Welcome screen appears.
  6. In the Welcome screen, select your language, keyboard, and network. The Join WiFi network screen appears.
  7. Enter the network password you obtained in step 1.
  8. Click Connect, and back in the Welcome screen click Continue.
  9. In the Google Chrome OS Terms screen, tap Accept and continue. The Sign In screen appears.
  10. In the Sign In screen, press Ctrl + Alt + K. The Automatic Kiosk Mode screen appears with a yellow exclamation mark.
  11. Click Enable, then click OK. The Sign In screen appears.
  12. In the Sign In screen, enter the Gmail address you obtained in step 1, click Next, enter the password, and click Next again.
  13. When you get to the desktop, tap the Chrome icon (Chrome icon) to open Chrome.
  14. In the URL bar, enter chrome://extensions. The Extensions screen appears.
  15. Mark the checkbox for Developer Mode.
  16. Click Manage kiosk applications at the top of the screen. The Manage Kiosk Applications screen appears.
  17. Do the following in the Manage Kiosk Applications screen:
    1. Enter the following into the Add kiosk application field: hblfbmjdaalalhifaajnnodlkiloengc.
    2. Click Add. The AIRSecureTest application appears in the Manage Kiosk Applications list.
    3. Click Done.
  18. Click your avatar in the lower-right corner and select Sign Out.
  19. Back at the desktop, click Apps at the bottom of the screen, then tap AIRSecureTest. The secure browser launches.
  20. If you receive the following error message, then the secure browser is not configured to run in kiosk mode.
    The AIRSecureTest application requires kiosk mode to be enabled.
    You need to reinstall the app in kiosk mode by restarting this procedure.
  21. The first time you open the AIRSecureTest app, a launchpad appears. This launchpad establishes the test administration your students will log in to. You must configure the app for the test administration by completing the following steps.
    1. Under Please Select Your State/Organization, select College Board from the drop-down list.
    2. Under Choose Your Assessment Program, the College Board should already be selected.
    3. Tap or select OK. The student login page will load. The secure browser is now ready for students to use.

Google Documentation About Chromebooks

You might find the following Google support discussions helpful:

For detailed instructions, see the Chrome OS Technology Guide (.pdf/388 KB).

This section contains information about installing AIRSecureTest, the secure browser for iOS. The process for installing the secure browser is the same as for any other iOS application.

Download the AIR Secure Test app for iOS

  1. Click the Download link above. (You can also search for AIRSecureTest in the App Store to find the secure browser.) The AIRSecureTest download page opens.
  2. Tap GET. The iPad downloads and installs the secure browser, and the button changes to Open. After installation, an AIRSecureTest icon appears on the iPad's home screen.
  3. The first time you open the AIRSecureTest app, a launchpad appears. This launchpad establishes the test administration your students will log in to. You must configure the app for the test administration by completing the following steps.
    1. Under Please Select Your State/Organization, select College Board from the drop-down list.
    2. Under Choose Your Assessment Program, the College Board should already be selected.
    3. Tap or select OK. The student login page will load. The secure browser is now ready for students to use.

Install on computers running Windows 8, 8.1 (Professional and Enterprise); 10, 10 in S mode (Professional, Educational, and Enterprise); and Server 2012 R2, 2016 R2 (thin client).

The instructions in this section assume machines are running a 64-bit version of Windows and that the Secure Browser will be installed to C:\Program Files (x86)\. If you are running a 32-bit version of Windows, adjust the installation path to C:\Program Files\.

Download CB Secure Browser for Windows (.msi/51MB)

In this scenario, a user with administrator rights installs the Secure Browser using standard Windows. Instructions for those who do not have administrator rights are available in the Windows Technology Guide (.pdf/1.51 MB).

  1. If you installed a previous version of the CB Secure Browser by copying its directory from one computer to another, manually uninstall the secure browser by deleting the installation folder and the desktop shortcut. (If you installed the secure browser using the Windows installation program, the installation package automatically removes it.)
  2. Click the download link above. A dialog window opens.
  3. Do one of the following (this step may vary depending on the browser you are using):
    • If presented with a choice to Run or Save the file, click Run. This opens the Secure Browser Setup wizard.
    • If presented only with the option to Save, save the file to a convenient location. After saving the file, double-click the installation file CBSecureBrowser.msi to open the setup wizard.
  4. Follow the instructions in the setup wizard. When prompted for setup type, click Install.
  5. Click Finish to exit the setup wizard. The following items are installed:
    • The secure browser to the default location C:\Program Files (x86)\CBSecureBrowser (64 bit) or C:\Program Files\CBSecureBrowser (32 bit).
    • A shortcut CBSecureBrowser is added to the desktop.
  6. Ensure all background jobs, such as virus scans or software updates, are scheduled outside of test windows. For example, if your testing takes place between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., schedule background jobs outside of these hours.
  7. Optional: Apply proxy settings by doing the following:
    1. Right-click the shortcut CBSecureBrowser on the desktop and select Properties.
    2. Under the Shortcut tab, in the Target field, modify the command to specify the proxy.
    3. Click OK to close the Properties dialog box.
    For more information about proxy settings, see the Windows Technology Guide (.pdf/1.51 MB).
  8. Run the browser by double-clicking the CBSecureBrowser shortcut on the desktop. The secure browser opens, displaying the student login screen. The browser fills the entire screen and hides the task bar.
  9. To exit the browser, click CLOSE SECURE BROWSER in the upper-right corner of the screen.

Follow the instructions below to install the Secure Profile and the CB Secure Browser on a Mac workstation.

Download the Secure Profile for Mac OS X (.mobileconfig/13 KB)

Download CB Secure Browser for Mac OS X (.dmg/63MB)

Install the Secure Profile for Mac

Download the Secure Profile from the link above, install it, and restart your computer. The Secure Profile can also be installed on multiple devices all at once using any commercially available mobile device management (MDM) application you already use to manage your devices.

The Secure Profile is new for 2019–2020 and automates many of the previously manual steps to secure the device after installing the CB Secure Browser. The profile disables the hot keys for enabling Dictation, Mission Control, and Spaces and the trackpad gestures for accessing Lookup, Space Switching, Expose, and Notification Center, and also sets function keys to standard functions.

After you've installed the Secure Profile, download the Secure Browser from the link above and install it using the instructions below.

Install the CB Secure Browser for Mac

  1. Remove any previous versions of the CB Secure Browser by dragging its folder to the Trash.
  2. Click the download link above.
  3. Open Downloads from the Dock and double-click CBSecureBrowser-OSX.dmg to display its contents.
  4. Drag the CBSecureBrowser icon to the folder. This installs the secure browser into Applications.
  5. Double-click the CBSecureBrowser icon on the desktop to launch the Secure Browser. (You must launch the Secure Browser to complete the installation.) The Secure Browser opens, displaying the student login screen. The browser fills the entire screen and hides the dock.
  6. To exit the browser, click X in the upper-right corner of the screen.
  7. Create a desktop shortcut; from the Applications folder, drag CBSecureBrowser to the desktop.
  8. Ensure all background jobs, such as virus scans or software updates, are scheduled outside of test windows. For example, if your testing takes place between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., schedule background jobs outside of these hours.

For detailed instructions, see the Mac OS Technology Guide (.pdf/951 KB).

Install on desktops running Linux Fedora 27-28 LTS (Gnome) and Ubuntu 14.04, 16.04 LTS (Gnome). These instructions may vary for your individual Linux distribution.

Download CB Secure Browser for Linux 32-bit (.bz2/56MB)

  1. Uninstall any previous versions of the CB Secure Browser application by deleting the directory containing it.
  2. Obtain the root or super-user password for the computer you are installing the secure browser on.
  3. Click the download link above. A dialog window opens. If prompted for a download location, select the desktop.
  4. For Ubuntu 16.04, right-click the downloaded file CBSecureBrowser12.0-2019-06-15-i686.tar.bz2 (32-bit) and select Extract Here to expand the file. This creates the CBSecureBrowser folder on the desktop. For Fedora, launch the terminal, enter tar xfjv CBSecureBrowser12.0-2019-06-15-i686.tar.bz2, and press enter. This creates the CBSecureBrowser folder on the desktop.
  5. Open the terminal and go to the secure browser directory location that was extracted in step 4. Switch to a super-user or root user by typing su [UserName] into the terminal. When prompted, enter the super-user or root user password you obtained in step 2.
  6. Enter install-icon.sh into the terminal to run the install-icon.sh file as an executable. When prompted, enter the super-user or root user password obtained in step 2.
  7. Enter su [UserName] into the terminal to switch back to the standard user. When prompted, enter the standard user password. Then run the install-icon.sh -i command through the terminal to install icons for the standard user.
  8. The script installs all dependent libraries and supported voice packs and creates a CBSecureBrowser icon on the desktop. In Fedora 29, the icon is installed in the Charm.
  9. Ensure all background jobs, such as virus scans or software updates, are scheduled outside of test windows. For example, if your testing takes place between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., schedule background jobs outside of these hours.
  10. If text-to-speech testing is performed on this computer, reboot it.
  11. From the desktop, double-click the CBSecureBrowser icon to launch the browser. An Untrusted App Launcher error message appears.
  12. Click Trust and Launch. The student login screen appears. The browser fills the entire screen and hides any panels or launchers.
  13. To exit the browser, click X in the upper-right corner of the screen.

For detailed instructions, see the Linux Technology Guide (.pdf/348 KB).

Install on desktops running Linux Fedora 27-28 LTS (Gnome) and Ubuntu 14.04, 16.04, and 18.04 LTS (Gnome). These instructions may vary for your individual Linux distribution.

Download CB Secure Browser for Linux 64-bit (.bz2/54MB)

  1. Uninstall any previous versions of the CB Secure Browser by deleting the directory containing it.
  2. Obtain the root or super-user password for the computer you are installing the secure browser on.
  3. Click the download link above. A dialog window opens. If prompted for a download location, select the desktop.
  4. For Ubuntu 16.04, right-click the downloaded file CBSecureBrowser12.0-2019-06-15-x86_64.tar.bz2 (64-bit) and select Extract Here to expand the file. This creates the CBSecureBrowser folder on the desktop. For Fedora, launch the terminal, enter tar xfjv CBSecureBrowser12.0-2019-06-15-x86_64.tar.bz2, and press enter. This creates the CBSecureBrowser folder on the desktop.
  5. Open the terminal and go to the secure browser directory location that was extracted in step 4. Switch to a super-user or root user by typing su [UserName] into the terminal. When prompted, enter the super-user or root user password you obtained in step 2.
  6. Enter install-icon.sh into the terminal to run the install-icon.sh file as an executable. When prompted, enter the super-user or root user password obtained in step 2.
  7. Enter su [UserName] into the terminal to switch back to the standard user. When prompted, enter the standard user password. Then run the install-icon.sh -i command through the terminal to install icons for the standard user.
  8. The script installs all dependent libraries and supported voice packs and creates a CBSecureBrowser icon on the desktop. In Fedora 29, the icon is installed in the Charm.
  9. Ensure all background jobs, such as virus scans or software updates, are scheduled outside of test windows. For example, if your testing takes place between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., schedule background jobs outside of these hours.
  10. If text-to-speech testing is performed on this computer, reboot it.
  11. From the desktop, double-click the CBSecureBrowser icon to launch the browser. An Untrusted App Launcher error message appears.
  12. Click Trust and Launch. The student login screen appears. The browser fills the entire screen and hides any panels or launchers.
  13. To exit the browser, click X in the upper-right corner of the screen.

For detailed instructions, see the Linux Technology Guide (.pdf/348 KB).