Student Device and Secure Browser Requirements

In order to provide a consistent testing experience for students, ensure that test results are reliable, and protect the security of the test, the devices (computers and tablets) used by students to take the test must meet certain requirements.

Universal Requirements

The following are universal requirements for all devices. Members should consult with their test delivery service provider for details on support for specific devices and operating systems.

Device Requirement
Screen Display must measure a minimum 9.5 inches diagonal (sometimes described as “10-inch class”). Resolution must be a minimum of 1024×768.
Headphones /
Headphones or earphones must be available to students for use during the English language arts/literacy assessment and for students who require text-to-speech features on the mathematics test.
Keyboard A physical keyboard is required to avoid consuming screen space that must be available for test content (an exemption may be made for students requiring assistive technology),
Pointing Device A pointing device must be included. This may be a mouse, touch screen, touchpad, or other pointing device with which the student is familiar.
Network Must be connected to the internet with a minimum of 20Kbps bandwidth available per student to be tested concurrently.
Secure Browser It must be possible to secure the device so that the student does not have access to unauthorized web sites or applications. This is typically accomplished through the use of a secure browser but may be accomplished by the operating system.
Operating System The device and operating system should be supported by the member’s test delivery service provider.

Guide to Technology Readiness

This guide is intended to help school leaders better understand, plan for, and manage the technology necessary for successful administration of Smarter Balanced assessments. Download the guide (PDF).