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Technology coordinators and test coordinators need to take these steps at least two weeks before test day to make sure technical problems don’t interrupt testing. More detailed information is available in the Technical Specifications Manual (.pdf/2.21 MB).

Important:

Critical to Test Day Success

Each step described below is critical to ensuring a successful test administration.

Part One: Technology and Setup Verification

 

Make sure all staff and student test-taking work stations meet the hardware and software requirements listed on Support Operating Systems. This is critical for ensuring optimal performance.

Make sure all staff work stations use one of the web browsers listed on Supported Browsers.

Prevent these common application types from launching on any student test-taking computer during testing:

  • Antivirus software performing scans
  • Screen savers and sleep or hibernate mode
  • Automatic updates to software or applications (e.g., Java)

Disable any other applications that will launch automatically and terminate testing, including the following:

  • Cameras (still and video)
  • Screen capture programs (live and recorded, e.g., Skype)
  • Email
  • Instant messaging
  • Application switching
  • Media players (e.g., iTunes)
  • Printing

Disable the following features on Mac OS X:

  • Exposé or Spaces
  • Applications launching from function keys
  • Updates to iTunes
  • Dictation to Siri

Verify that test coordinator, proctor, and student test-taking devices can maintain a charge for at least five hours or that a reliable power source is available for each computer.

For computers used to access TIDE or the TA Interface, disable pop-up blocking software.

For computers used to access TIDE or the TA Interface, enable JavaScript.

Make sure all content filters, firewalls, and proxy servers are open accordingly. The Test Delivery System uses these ports and protocols:

  • Port/Protocol: 80/TCP
    • Purpose: HTTP (initial connection only)
  • Port/Protocol: 443/TCP
    • Purpose: HTTPS (secure connection)

Determine the number of wireless access points you need and confirm that the test site has sufficient wireless coverage. Use the following recommended ratio of devices:

  • Testing Device: 802.11g
    • Ratio of Devices to 802.11g WAP: 20
    • Ratio of Devices to 802.11n WAP: 40
  • Testing Device: 802.11n
    • Ratio of Devices to 802.11g WAP: 20
    • Ratio of Devices to 802.11n WAP: 40
  • Testing Device: Mix of 802.11g and 802.11n
    • Ratio of Devices to 802.11g WAP: 20
    • Ratio of Devices to 802.11n WAP: 40–50 (depending on the mix of wireless cards used)

Make sure that content filters and firewalls are configured to allow access to the appropriate TA and student testing sites on all student test-taking computers.

Use a wildcard to whitelist these URLs at the root level because testing servers and satellites may be changed during the school year:

  • *.airast.org
  • *.tds.airast.org
  • *.cloud1.tds.airast.org
  • *.cloud2.tds.airast.org

If your filtering system has both internal and external filtering, URLs must be whitelisted in both filters.

Part Two: Test Readiness and Evaluation

 

Install the CB Secure Browser on every device students use to take a test in the SAT Suite of Assessments. Coordinate with your district, as necessary, to ensure your school can download and install it within your network.

Versions are available for all supported operating systems. Download the CB Secure Browser and get detailed instructions.

Run the diagnostic tool in areas of the building that will be used for testing and at a time of day when network activity is most similar to network usage on test day. The results may influence how testing is scheduled within the testing window.

The tool will display your current upload and download speed as well as a gauge of whether you can reliable test the number of students you enter.

Run the network diagnostics test now and let your test coordinator know if there are network issues.

Take these steps to make sure students with disabilities test with their approved accommodations:

  1. Ensure that students testing with accommodations have tried out any and all assistive technology before test day in the Student Digital Test Preview.
  2. Work with the SSD coordinator to ensure that approved accommodations—and only approved accommodations—have been set in TIDE prior to test day.
  3. Ensure that the required voice settings on computers assigned to students with the text-to-speech (TTS) accommodation are configured and functional.

Before test day, execute a digital test to confirm that the CB Secure Browser is properly installed on test-taking devices and that it communicates with other AIR testing applications. This step can be combined with a test administration practice session.

Follow these steps, described in detail in the proctor-guided preview section of the Digital Test Preview Guide (.pdf/1.34 MB).

  1. Launch a test session from the TA Interface Practice Site.
  2. On all test-taking devices, launch the CB Secure Browser and navigate to the Student Digital Test Preview.
  3. Admit the "students" to the test.

With the test coordinator, confirm that all student devices intended for test taking can access a test session without disruption.