Install the secure browser on every device students use to take a test in the SAT Suite of Assessments.
If Your School Uses CAI for Other Tests
You need to act even if your school uses the Cambium Assessment, Inc.™ (CAI) 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 Chromebook or iPad, change the assessment program in SecureTestBrowser:
- Launch SecureTestBrowser.
- Use the menu icon to return to the Secure Browser Launchpad.
- Select College Board from the state/organization drop-down.
Download and Install
Install SecureTestBrowser on iPad and Chromebook and the latest versions of the CB Secure Browser on computers using supported versions of Windows, macOS, and Linux.
These instructions are for installing SecureTestBrowser, the secure browser for Chrome OS, as a kiosk application. For detailed instructions, see the Chrome OS Technology Guide (.pdf/802 KB).
Versions 2017 and Later
The SecureTestBrowser 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 secure browser.
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.
On Managed Devices
These instructions are for installing SecureTestBrowser as a kiosk app on domain-managed Chromebook devices. The steps in this procedure assume that your Chromebooks are already managed through the admin console.
SecureTestBrowser isn’t compatible with public sessions.
- As the Chromebook administrator, log in to your admin console (https://admin.google.com)
- Select Devices. The Devices page appears.
- Select Chrome. The Chrome drop-down list appears.
- From the Chrome drop-down list, select Apps & extensions. The Apps & extensions drop-down list appears.
- From the Apps & extensions drop-down list, select Kiosks. The Apps & Extensions page appears, displaying the Kiosks tab.
- Remove any previous versions of the apps that appear by selecting the app name to display the app settings and then selecting the trashcan icon. These may appear as SecureTestBrowser or AIRSecureTest.
- Close app settings.
- Hover over the plus-sign icon to display options to add a new app.
- Select the apps-grid icon to add a Chrome app or extension by ID. The Add Chrome app or extension by ID window appears.
- Enter hblfbmjdaalalhifaajnnodlkiloengc in the Extension ID field.
- Ensure From the Chrome Web Store is selected from the drop-down list.
- Select Save. The SecureTestBrowser app appears in the app list.
- Ensure Installed is selected from the Installation Policy drop-down list.
The SecureTestBrowser app will be installed on all managed devices the next time each managed device is turned on.
Google Documentation About Chromebooks
You might find the following Google support discussions helpful:
- Using Chromebooks for Student Assessments (refer to scenario 1 only)
- Managing Device Settings (general information for managed Chromebooks)
For detailed instructions, see the Chrome OS Technology Guide (.pdf/802 KB).
This section contains information about installing SecureTestBrowser, the secure browser for iPadOS. The process for installing the secure browser is the same as for any other iPadOS application.
- Click the Download link above.
- Tap GET. The iPad downloads and installs the secure browser. After installation, a SecureTestBrowser icon appears on the iPad home screen.
- The first time you open the SecureTestBrowser 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.
- Under Please Select Your State/Organization, select College Board from the drop-down list.
- Under Choose Your Assessment Program, College Board should already be selected.
- 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 8.1 (Professional and Enterprise), 10, 11, 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\CBSecureBrowser\ (64 bit).
In this scenario, a user with administrator rights installs the Secure Browser using standard Windows. Instructions for those who don't have administrator rights are available in the Windows Technology Guide (.pdf/1.4 MB).
- If you installed a previous version of the CB Secure Browser by copying its directory from one computer to another, manually uninstall previously installed versions of the secure browser by deleting the installation folder and the desktop shortcut.
- Click the download link above. A dialog window opens.
- Do one of the following (this step may vary depending on the browser you're 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.
- Follow the instructions in the setup wizard. When prompted for setup type, click Install.
- Click Finish to exit the setup wizard. The following items are installed:
- The secure browser to the default location C:\Program Files\CBSecureBrowser\ (64 bit).
- A shortcut CBSecureBrowser is added to the desktop.
- 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.
- Optional: Apply proxy settings, if needed. For more information about proxy settings, see the Windows Technology Guide (.pdf/1.4 MB).
- 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 taskbar.
- To exit the browser, click cb-x-mark 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.
Installing the Mac Secure Profile
Mac workstations running macOS 10.13–10.15 require a two-step setup process. First, 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 a configuration profile that can be used to configure Mac workstations for online testing. It can be downloaded from the link above and must be installed, along with the Secure Browser, before testing begins. The Secure Profile was last updated for Spring 2021. If you previously installed an older version of the Secure Profile, you must download and install the version from the link above. For more information about features disabled by the Secure Profile and how to re-enable these features after testing is completed, see the macOS Technology Guide (.pdf/954 KB).
After you've installed the Secure Profile, download the Secure Browser from the link above and install it using the instructions below.
Mac workstations running macOS 11.4 and higher do not require the Secure Profile. A feature in macOS 11.4 and higher called Assessment Mode automatically configures computers for testing and requires no further setup. For more information about Assessment Mode, including a list of features it disables, see support.apple.com/en-us/HT204775.
Installing the CB Secure Browser for Mac
This procedure installs the Secure Browser on desktop and laptop computers running macOS. The steps in this procedure may vary depending on your web browser.
If you are running the Secure Browser on Apple silicon devices, you must first install Rosetta 2. Rosetta 2 may already be installed on your Apple silicon device if you needed it to run another Intel-based application. If it not already installed, a prompt to install it will appear the first time you launch the Secure Browser. Rosetta 2 can also be deployed to multiple devices at once through scripting or mobile device management (MDM). For more information about Rosetta 2, including instructions to install it, please see support.apple.com/en-us/HT211861.
- Remove any previous versions of the Secure Browser by dragging its folder to the Trash.
- Click the Download Browser link above. A dialog window opens. If prompted for a download location, select the desktop.
- Open Downloads from the Dock, and double-click CBSecureBrowser-OS.dmg to display its contents.
- Drag the CBSecureBrowser icon to the folder. This installs the Secure Browser into Applications.
- 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.
- To exit the browser, click cb-x-mark in the upper-right corner of the screen.
- 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 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., schedule background jobs outside of these hours.
For detailed instructions, see the macOS Technology Guide (.pdf/954 KB).
Install on desktops running Linux Fedora 32 LTS (GNOME) and Ubuntu 18.04, and 20.04 LTS (GNOME). These instructions may vary for your individual Linux distribution.
- Uninstall previous versions of the CB Secure Browser by deleting the directory containing them.
- Obtain the root or super-user password for the computer on which you're installing the CB Secure Browser.
- Click the link above to download the CB Secure Browser for Linux 64-bit. A dialog window will open. If prompted for a download location, select the desktop.
- Open the terminal, and complete these steps:
- Enter cd ~/Desktop
- Enter tar xfjv CBSecureBrowser14.0-2021-08-06-64bit.tar.bz2
- Enter cd ~/Desktop/CBSecureBrowser
- Enter su [UserName] to switch to a super-user or root user. When prompted, enter the super-user or root user password you obtained in step 2.
- Enter ./install-icon.sh to run the ./install-icon.sh file as an executable. When prompted, enter the super-user or root user password obtained in step 2.
- Enter su [UserName] to switch back to the standard user. When prompted, enter the standard user password.
- Enter ./install-icon.sh to install icons for the standard user.
- The script installs all dependent libraries and supported voice packs and creates a CBSecureBrowser icon on the desktop. In Fedora 32, the icon is installed in the Charm.
- Ensure all backgrounds 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.
- If text-to-speech testing is performed on this computer, reboot it.
- From the desktop, double-click the CBSecureBrowser icon to launch the browser. An Untrusted App Launcher error message appears.
- Click Trust and Launch. The student login screen appears. The browser fills the entire screen and hides any panels or launchers.
- To exit the browser, click cb-x-mark in the upper-right corner of the screen.
For detailed instructions, see the Linux Technology Guide (.pdf/408 KB).
Chrome OS Technology Guide
Covers configurations, troubleshooting, and secure browser installation on computers and devices running Chrome OS and used for College Board digital test administrations.
Windows Technology Guide
Covers configurations, troubleshooting, and CB Secure Browser installation on test taker computers and devices running Windows OS.
macOS Technology Guide
Covers configurations, troubleshooting, and CB Secure Browser installation on test taker computers and devices running macOS.
Linux Technology Guide
Covers configurations and troubleshooting for test taker computers and devices running Linux.
iPadOS Technology Guide
Covers configurations for a test taker iPad running iPadOS.