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Supported operating systems and related requirements are listed on this page. All specifications apply to the 2018-19 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)
  • Windows 8 (Professional and Enterprise)
  • Windows 8.1 (Professional and Enterprise)
  • Windows 10, 10 in S mode (Professional, Educational, and Enterprise)
  • 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
  • 16+ GB hard drive

Mac OS X 10.9–10.13 are supported. 10.14 will be supported after it's released and tested.

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
  • 16+ GB hard drive

These Linux operating systems are supported:

  • Fedora 27–28 LTS (Gnome)
  • Ubuntu 14.04, 16.04 LTS (Gnome)

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
  • 16+ 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.

Minimum hardware requirements:

  • 1 GHZ Processor
  • 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
  • 20 GB hard drive (64-bit)
  • Required libraries/packages are Sox and Net-tools

Recommended hardware requirements for improved performance:

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

iPads

iOS 10.3 and 11.4 are supported. iOS 12 will be supported after it's 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 version versions 67-71 are supported. Chrome OS version 72 is also supported if it's at least 72.0.3626.117. If you're using version 72, you must take additional steps to make sure that student devices will support testing. Learn what to do next.

Always disable auto updates to make sure that future patches do not interfere with student testing. Do not upgrade to any Chrome OS versions that are not supported.

 

The AIRSecureTest kiosk application must be installed on Google devices for students to access the CB Secure Browser. Google Chromebook, Chromebases, and Chromeboxes version 2017 or later that are standalone or unmanaged devices, are not able to launch in kiosk mode.

In order 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 will support any device that Google actively supports for auto-update. AIR will not support any device that Google does not support for auto-update.

Read Google's auto-update policy and find out which devices are currently supported devices.

We recommend disabling auto-updates to 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.