TestNav 8.0.4 Hardware and Software Requirements

Updated 5/12/2014

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This document includes these sections to help you prepare for testing with TestNav:

  • Hardware Requirements
  • Software Requirements
  • Browser Dependencies
  • Firewall/Proxy Servers/Content Filtering
  • What's New

You can find the version of TestNav that you are using by looking at the URL or at the bottom of the TestNav login screen in the browser.

Note: Please do not make any technology changes during an online testing administration, including applying software patches. We know that some dependency updates, like recent Java versions that were pushed by Oracle, are forced and that you may be unable to delay them. While these updates are beyond the control of Pearson, we will make updates to our software as soon as possible if a forced dependency update causes problems in our software.

Specific thin client and virtualization vendors have gone through the TestNav Qualification program to qualify their products to work with TestNav. For more information on the qualified products, go to testnavqualified.com. Other thin client and desktop and tablet virtualization solutions of any kind are not qualified for online testing.

As a general rule of thumb regarding optimal student experiences for online testing, any computer that takes noticeably long (for example, 10 seconds or more) to start and run applications should be avoided for use with online testing.

Hardware Requirements

Hardware Requirements
Windows Macintosh iPad Chromebook



Only Intel-based™ Macs are supported




512 MB RAM




Screen size



9.7 inch


Screen resolution

1024 x 768

1024 x 768



1These requirements do not supercede the minimum requirements of the supported operating systems. Refer to the minimum requirements for the operating system.

Software Requirements

You may use any combination that is marked with a ✔. A blank entry in the table means the option is not available or not supported. If a browser or operating system combination is not listed, it is not supported. This set of software requirements fits the needs of summative assessments, such as high-stakes assessments, that have strong security needs.

Windows IE 9.0 IE 10.0 IE 11.0 Chrome 2 Firefox 3

XP (SP 3)

Microsoft will end support on April 8, 2014, and
will not provide security updates once support






8.0 4


8.1 4


Mac OS X Safari 5.1 Safari 6.x Safari 7.0 Firefox 3










Tablet/Other OS TestNav App

iOS 6

iOS 7

Must be running Chrome OS 33

2 The Chrome browser must be version 31 or higher.

3 The Firefox browser must be version 25 or higher on all supported platforms and version 25 to 28 on Mac OS X 10.7, 10.8, and 10.9.

4 Windows RT is not supported. Intel-based tablets with Windows 8.0 and 8.1 must be used with an external keyboard and mouse and must have a 10 inch class screen.

Browser Dependencies


Java is required on Mac and Windows platforms. The version which is compatible with your system depends on your browser, operating system, and security settings. These tables show the versions of Java that TestNav 8 supports. These are the same tables used by System Check.

TestNav 8 / Mac OS X


Java Versions

Safari 5.1

Safari 6

1.6, 1.7

Safari 6.1

1.6, 1.7

Safari 7

1.6, 1.7


1.6.30, 1.7

TestNav 8 /Windows


Java Versions

IE 9

1.5, 1.6, 1.7

IE 10

1.6, 1.7

IE 11



1.6, 1.7


1.6.30, 1.7

Other Dependencies

  • Enable javaw.exe exception created in Windows Firewall.
  • Enable pop-ups for Pearson sites.
  • Enable Local File access to home directory.
  • Disable all accelerators for Internet Explorer.
  • Disable Skype plugins in Window 7 and Firefox.

Firewall / Proxy Servers / Content Filtering

When using Proctor Caching, the following must be opened in any firewalls, proxy servers, or software that is used for internet content filtering:

URL:Port 5
Your test delivery URL, for example:


5 TestNav content is dynamically hosted in the cloud. No static IP addresses or ranges can be provided.

Note for Mac 10.6: In certain situations when the parental control is on and the user attempts to connect to SSL sites, the automatic Internet content filter on Mac 10.6 workstations may block your test delivery domain, for example, testnav.com. To resolve this, set the parental control to “Always Allow” your test delivery domain, for exmple, testnav.com.

What's New



Changes include:


Changes include:

  • Clarified Java version note in Browser Dependencies by adding tables with specific supported versions listed.
  • Added note to disable Skype plugins in Windows 7 and Firefox.


Changes include:

  • Updated Browser Dependencies.


Changes include:

  • Added the screen size criterion for Windows tablet devices.


Changes include:

  • Narrowed the scope of the amazonaws.com entry to more accurately limit firewall settings.
  • Raised the minimum release version to 33 for Chrome OS on Chromebooks.


Changes include:

  • Added text to clarify that the hardware requirements listed on this page do not supercede the minimum requirements of the supported operating systems.
  • Revised supported versions of Internet Explorer with Windows 8.
  • Added support for Windows 8.1
  • Clarified Intel-based tablets with Windows 8.0 and 8.1 must be used with an external keyboard and mouse.
  • Clarified no static IP addresses or ranges can be provided because TestNav content is dynamically hosted in the cloud


Changes include:

  • Added hardware requirement for screen resolution
  • Added javaw.exe to the Browser Dependencies section
  • Added Java runtime requirements for supported operating systems


Changes from TestNav 8.0.3 include:

  • Dropped hardware requirement for screen resolution
  • Added hardware requirement for screen size, which currently only applies to the iPad
  • Added support for iOS 7
  • Added support for Chromebooks
  • Updated the supported release versions of the Chrome and Firefox browsers
  • Added information about dependency updates to the note at the top of the page
  • Added information about Windows XP end of life, which is imminent
  • Added information about additional OS/browser combinations that are suitable for the lower security needs of formative testing, but which are not supported for high-stakes summative testing