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Supported operating systems and related requirements are listed on this page. All specifications apply to the 2019–20 school year.

Important:

Warning: Check Updates Before Upgrading

Only operating systems listed below are supported. Don't upgrade to new operating systems on computers that will be used for digital testing without making sure updates meet required specifications.

Desktops and Laptops

Supported operating systems and hardware requirements are listed below.

 

These Windows operating systems are supported:

  • Windows 7 SP1 (Professional and Enterprise) supported until 12/31/2019
  • Windows 8 (Professional and Enterprise)
  • Windows 8.1 (Professional and Enterprise)
  • Windows 10, 10 in S mode, versions 1507–1803 and 1809 (Professional, Educational, and Enterprise). AIR® will support 1903 when testing is complete.
  • Windows Server 2008 R2, 2012 R2, 2016 R2 (thin client)

Minimum hardware requirements:

  • 1 GHZ Processor
  • 1 GB RAM (32-bit)
  • 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
  • 16 GB hard drive (32-bit)
  • 20 GB hard drive (64-bit)

Recommended hardware requirements for improved performance:

  • 1.4 GHZ Processor
  • 2+ GB RAM
  • 20+ GB hard drive

Mac OS X 10.9–10.14 are supported. AIR will support 10.15 when testing is complete.

Minimum hardware requirements:

  • 1 GHZ Processor
  • 1 GB RAM (32-bit)
  • 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
  • 16 GB hard drive (32-bit)
  • 20 GB hard drive (64-bit)

Recommended hardware requirements for improved performance:

  • 1.4 GHZ Processor
  • 2+ GB RAM
  • 20+ GB hard drive

These Linux operating systems are supported:

  • Fedora 28–29 LTS (Gnome). AIR will support Fedora 30 when testing is complete.
  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Gnome)

ARM-powered devices such as the Raspberry Pi are not supported.

Minimum hardware requirements:

  • 1 GHZ Processor
  • 1 GB RAM (32-bit)
  • 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
  • 16 GB hard drive (32-bit)
  • 20 GB hard drive (64-bit)
  • Required libraries/packages:
    • GTK+ 2.18 or higher
    • GLib 2.22 or higher
    • Pango 1.14 or higher
    • X.Org 1.0 or higher (1.7+ recommended)
    • libstdc++ 4.3 or higher
    • libreadline6:i386 (required for Ubuntu only)
    • GNOME 2.16 or higher

Recommended hardware requirements for improved performance:

  • 1.4 GHZ Processor
  • 2+ GB RAM
  • 20+ GB hard drive
  • Recommended addition to the required libraries listed under minimum requirements:
    • NetworkManager 0.7 or higher
    • DBus 1.0 or higher
    • HAL 0.5.8 or higher

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Gnome) 64-bit is supported. AIR will support Ubuntu 20.04 when testing is complete.

ARM-powered devices such as the Raspberry Pi are not supported.

Minimum hardware requirements:

  • 1 GHZ Processor
  • 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
  • 20 GB hard drive (64-bit)

In addition to all libraries and packages listed above, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Gnome) also requires the following libraries: Sox and Net-tools

Recommended hardware requirements for improved performance:

  • 1.4 GHZ Processor
  • 2+ GB RAM
  • 20+ GB hard drive

iPads

iOS 11.4 and 12.2 are supported. iOS13 and iPadOS will be supported after they've been released and tested.

Supported tablets:

  • 4th Generation (Retina Display)
  • 5th Generation (Retina Display)
  • 6th Generation (Retina Display)
  • iPad Air
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Pro

Chromebooks and Chromebases

Chrome OS 75+ is supported.

 

The AIR Secure Test kiosk application must be installed on Google devices for students to access the secure browser. Chromebooks manufactured in 2017 or later must have an Enterprise or Education license to run in 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.

AIR only supports versions of Chrome OS released on Google's stable channel. For a full list of supported Chromebooks, see https://support.google.com/chrome/a/answer/6220366.

We recommend disabling auto-updates or limiting auto-updates to a version used successfully before testing begins. This will prevent updates that pose a potential risk to student testing. It's safer to wait until AIR reviews new versions and lists them as supported.

Auto-update settings are configured in Google's admin console.

Chrome OS includes a feature called tablet mode, which offers a touchscreen environment for supported Chromebooks and for Chrome OS tablets. AIR does not support the use of tablet mode for testing but does support touchscreen features on Chromebooks.