CBT Installation Configuration Training PowerPoint

Spring 2014 RMS/EOC
Getting Started with Computer-Based
Testing: Software Installation, Network
Configuration, & System Check Training
• Testing Platform Software Installation
• Network & System Configuration
• System Check
Support Information
Where to find Support Resources
 www.FLAssessments.com/Spring RMS
– Spring 2014 RMS CBT Test Administration Manual
 www.FLAssessments.com/EOC
– 2013–2014 End-of-Course Test Administration Manual
 www.FLAssessments.com/AdditionalResources
– 2013–2014 Technology Coordinator Guide
– CBT Test Administrator Quick Reference Guide
– Infrastructure Readiness Guide
 www.FLAssessments.com/CBTTrainingResources
Student Tutorials
PearsonAccess Tutorials
Technology Resources
 http://fcat.fldoe.org/fcat2/cbt.asp (FDOE website)
– Computer-Based Testing Overview
TestNav 6.9
The computer-based platform that Florida uses for high-stakes
TestNav 6.9 is an application that is installed either on a file server or
on each computer that will be used for testing.
The computer-based platform used to deliver accommodated CBT forms
(large print, color contrast, zoom, screen reader, assistive devices).
TestHear is an application that must be locally installed on each computer
that will be used for testing. It only operates on Windows or Macs that
are also running Windows.
Note: Ensure you have the latest version installed prior to each test
administration window
System Specifications for TestNav, TestHear, and Proctor Caching
General Specifications (Windows/PC and Apple/Macintosh)
Each computer must meet or exceed the following General Specifications in addition to the
applicable Operating System Specifications below:
500 MB available disk space
1024x768 screen resolution
Keyboard and mouse (or other pointing device)
High-speed internet connection
Note: There are specific installation instructions for Windows 8. See
www.FLAssessments.com/AdditionalResources for instructions
System Specifications for TestNav, TestHear, and Proctor Caching
• In addition to ensuring that workstations meet the minimum specifications, it is
strongly recommended that you run an ePAT on any new workstations to ensure that
the display size is appropriate for testing
• For an optimal student experience, any computer that takes a noticeably long
period of time (e.g., more than 10 seconds) to start and run applications, even
computers which meet the requirements above, should not be used for high-stakes
computer-based testing, if possible
• Even though the specifications state that each computer must have a
mouse, touchpads are permitted for students who are comfortable using them
Test Delivery – Local Installation
• Download and install TestNav on each workstation used for test delivery.
• MUST use local installation for TestHear.
• Configure each workstation to communicate with the Proctor Caching
• This setup may be more challenging to manage than a server installation.
• System automation tools like SMS (Windows) and Apple Remote Desktop
(Mac) make local installs of TestNav much more practical. TestHear cannot
be deployed with system automation tools.
Test Delivery – File Share Installation
• Download and install TestNav on a file share.
• Configure the file share installation to communicate with the Proctor
Caching machine.
• Create a shortcut to the file share installation of TestNav on each
workstation used for test delivery.
• May be easier to manage than a local installation.
• Note: TestHear cannot be installed on a file share/server.
Local Installation vs. File Share Installation
+ Single point of installation - Adds a single potential point of
and configuration changes failure
+ Easier to implement in a
large-scale testing
+ Centralized single
location for log files
+ Quicker launch time
+ Limits potential points of
- Increases installation time (Note:
System automation tools, such as
SMS [Windows] and Apple Remote
Desktop [Mac] can make local
installs much easier) – TestNav
- Requires that configuration
changes be made on each
Wireless Networks Best Practices
DO use a local installation of TestNav or TestHear
• A local install for wireless testing increases the odds of
• Local installations reduce network traffic on access
points to just test content and student responses.
DO NOT overload access points with too many clients.
• The bandwidth curve of online testing is different than
normal internet usage.
• Use common sense wireless networking principles and
past wireless performance as a guide.
• Reducing the client to access point ratio for online
testing can avoid the access point bottleneck.
NOTE: The size of the accommodated tests (TestHear) may
cause further delays if administered over a wireless network.
TestNav and TestHear Installation Best Practices
The TestNav proxysettings.properties file is the only
configurable settings file. This file can be edited with
Notepad or TextEdit.
Editable variables in proxysettings.properties
• Proxy_Host - Designates a proctor caching or proxy machine IP
• Proxy_Port - Designates a proctor caching or proxy machine port
• Primary_Save_Location & Alternate_Save_Location - Designates
the Early Warning save locations
Student machine logins will need full access to these
Early Warning Save Locations (primary and secondary)
TestNav or TestHear installation directory (read-only access)
TestNav and TestHear Installation
Best Practices (contd.)
Local Installation - If you use hard drive imaging tools like
Deep Freeze, you must exclude the TestNav\Logs,
gh\TestHearPearson\Data and Early Warning System
save locations.
Network Installation
• Do not run the TestNav installer on the file server
• Run the installer on a client workstation and install
TestNav to a shared folder on a network drive.
• Once installed to the network drive, ensure the
proxysettings.properties file has valid file paths for
the save locations.
TestNav and TestHear Installation
Best Practices (contd.)
Firewalls/Content Filters
• The following domains and ports must be allowed to pass through your
Internet firewall or proxy system.
Domain Name
TCP/http port: 80
TCP/http port: 443
TCP/http port: 80
TCP/http port: 80
TCP/http port: 80
TCP/http port: 443
TCP/http port: 80
TCP/http port: 443
TCP/http port: 80
TCP/http port: 80
TCP/http port: 80
• Port 443 is for admin access only.
• Student level traffic is port 80.
• Hash encryption can inadvertently form a word.
TestNav and TestHear Installation
Best Practices (contd.)
Configure applications that launch automatically
The testing platform does not permit access to other applications
during testing. This means that any applications that may
automatically launch on a computer should be configured not to
launch during testing sessions. Common applications that may launch
automatically include:
• Anti-virus software performing automatic updates
• Power management software on laptops warning of low
• Screen
• Email with auto message notification
• Also disable any monitoring software (e.g., LanSchool, Altiris,
Netop, SynchronEyes) that would allow a student workstation to
be viewed from another computer during testing.
TestNav and TestHear Installation
Best Practices (contd.)
Screen resolution
• All tests are authored to a screen resolution of 1024 x 768 so
make sure that your testing machines are capable of 1024 x
768 resolution.
• Screen resolutions below this setting will cause an error as
TestNav tries to load the test.
• Screen resolutions above this setting will be reset to 1024 x
768 when the test loads when using TestNav.
• TestHear does not automatically resize the screen resolution
so ensure TestHear machines are set to 1024 x 768
System Check for TestNav
The following steps will guide you through the process of using System Check
for TestNav.
• The System Check tool can be found at
• Click the TestNav 6 tab and follow the instructions provided.
• Once you see the “Congratulations” screen in the TestNav window,
click the Network User Capacity tab.
System Check for TestNav (contd.)
Click Add Caching Computer. Enter a generic name for the Proctor
Caching computer to be tested, the IP address of the Proctor Caching
computer, and port 4480. Click Save.
System Check for TestNav (contd.)
• Click Start and System Check will perform a bandwidth test. Once the test
has been run, System Check will show an estimate for how many students
can be tested on the specified Proctor Caching computer.
• For non-accommodated tests (TestNav) and TestHear Mathematics and
EOC tests, select the “TestNav (All Sub)/TestHear (Non-Reading)”
• For accommodated Reading tests, change to “TestHear Accommodated
Reading Test” and the student testing capacity will automatically
recalculate to show the number of students per proctor caching machine.
System Check for TestNav (contd.)
• Click the Testing Volume Calculator tab. This tab will be
used to estimate how many users can be tested with
the bandwidth that is available.
System Check for TestNav (contd.)
• Select the test type in the administration drop-down box.
• Enter the number of students that will be testing concurrently on a single
caching server.
• Slide the green bar under “Available link speed between workstations and
Proctor Caching workstations” to specify the available bandwidth
between the testing workstations and the Proctor Caching computer.
System Check for TestNav (contd.)
• Now slide the green bar under “Average network utilization for the
network between workstations and Proctor Caching workstations” to
indicate the percentage of bandwidth normally used at this site
(excluding the bandwidth congestion for testing).
• Once this is done, the “Outputs” box will now either be white, yellow,
or red.
System Check for TestNav (contd.)
• In order for computer based testing to be successful, it is highly
recommended that the Outputs box display a white background. If
anything other than a white background is displayed, you risk
encountering difficulties during testing.
• Once all the tools within System Check for TestNav have been used,
work with your school assessment coordinator to establish a plan for
your testing environment.
Demo System Check
Common Technical Errors/Solutions
Proctor Caching
• Configuration error – Looping
• Not pointed to a proxy server to reach the internet
• Not changing browser settings before pre-caching
• Java JRE not installed
• Windows Firewall – Allow javaw.exe in the TestNav folder
Network Local Congestion Errors
• Test loads slowly
• Percentage indicator increments slowly
Note: See the latest Technology Coordinator Guide posted at
www.FLAssessments.com/AdditionalResources for a table
of common error codes and solutions for TestNav and
Lessons Learned
• Screen resolution must be set to 1024 x 768 on student
• Students must have full permissions to the TestNav\Temp,
TestNav\Log, gh\TestHearPearson\Data folder.
• A primary save location must be set and students have
read/write access to the save location.
• Screen savers, power management, and pop-up update
notifications must be disabled on student workstations.
• Proctor Caching software must be installed and must be
checked on each day of testing to ensure it is functioning
• Test content must be pre-cached prior to student testing.
• The test session must be started in PearsonAccess.
Who to contact with questions?
Pearson Customer Support:
1-877-847-3043 or [email protected]
Monday thru Friday, 7:00 am - 8:30 pm (Eastern Time)
Your District Assessment Coordinator

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