Technical Requirements for NCTest for 2016-17

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  • NCTest content is NOT allowed to be cached via web proxy, content delivery networks, local client, or other cache technologies longer than the period needed to deliver the test to the student.
  • A Chrome App, a native tablet app, and a Secure Browser are available for online assessment - See NCTest Support for details and requirements for each platform supported.
  • 1024 x 768 Screen resolution for best performance.  Lower vertical resolutions for some devices are possible, but will increase the amount of scrolling and other user interface adjustments (changing the size of screen display areas) to fully access items.
  • Screen size must be 9.5" or larger
  • See NCTest Support for operating systems and devices supported
  • LEAs/schools using iPads must use Guided Access or a Mobile Device Management system in order to restrict the iPad to only be able to run the NCTest app.
  • LEAs/schools must allow all web traffic (including JavaScript, mp3, ogg, mp4 files, images, etc.) from center.ncsu.edu and data.ncsu.edu (standard and secure).
  • NCTest Chrome App maximizes to full screen and does not use pop-up winodws so there is no requirement to allow pop-up windows.
  • NCTest must retain focus during test administrations so screen savers, sleep mode, or other program notification pop-ups or other tools that may interrupt the current application running (NCTest) must be disabled.
  • Test takers must not move to other system windows.
  • Other Apps, add-ons, system tools must be disabled prior to beginning a secure test administrations.
  • NEW: Classroom Remote Management software that allows computer lab managers/teachers or tech staff to remotely control a student desktop are NOT to be used during secure test administrations.
  • NEW: Gesture controls must be disabled on computers used to test, except those using the Secure Browser as this feature can cause NCTest to loose focus and students would encounter the unexpected exit dialog.
  • Beta versions of operating systems for desktops and tablets and the Chrome browser are not approved for use for secure test administrations.
  • Screen capture capabilities must be disabled.  Please reference the NC Testing Students with Disabilities Manual for details concerning appropriate screen sharing scenarios.
  • Bandwidth footprint per student test session is similar to many other Internet applications.
  • Reference and follow MCNC/NCREN K12 Technical Papers and Recommended Practices
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Last modified: Thursday, 21 July 2016, 9:12 AM