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Supported Operating Systems

For 2016–2017, a secure browser must be installed on each computer or tablet that will be used for student testing. This section provides an overview of which operating systems are supported and which secure browser to download.

Desktop Operating Systems Supported Devices Supported Secure Browser Related Requirements*
Windows
Vista, 7, 8.0 RT, 8.0 Pro, 8.1, 10,
Server 2008, 2012
Desktops/Laptops Windows Secure Browser
  • Fast User Switching must be disabled.
  • Server 2008, and 2012 are supported when using a thin client.
Mac OS X
10.6–10.11
Desktops/Laptops Mac Secure Browser Mission Control/Spaces must be disabled (10.7–10.11).
Linux
Fedora 23-24
openSUSE 13.1, 13.2
Red Hat Enterprise 6.5
Ubuntu (LTS) 12.04, 14.04, 16.04
Desktops/Laptops Linux Secure Browser Depending on your distribution, install the following:

  • Festival and SoX
  • Verdana True Type font
  • Flash
Mobile Operating Systems Supported Devices Supported Secure Browser Related Requirements*
iOS
8.0-8.2, 9.2, 9.3, 10.2**
iPad 2
iPad 3 4th Generation (Retina Display)
iPad Air
iPad Air 2
AIRSecureTest Mobile Secure Browser 3.4 (coming soon) For iOS tablets running version 7.0 or later, either Guided Access or Autonomous Single App Mode must be enabled.
Android
4.4, 5.0, 5.1, 6.0
Google Nexus 10
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3
ASUS Transformer Pad 2015
Dell Venue 10
HP Pro Slate 10 EE
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Education
AIRSecureTest Mobile Secure Browser 2.1 The secure browser keyboard must be enabled.
Chrome OS
48+
Chromebooks AIRSecureTest kiosk application Chromebooks must be in kiosk mode.

*For information about related requirements, refer to the Technical Specifications Manual for Online Testing and the Secure Browser Installation Manual.

**iOS 10.0 and 10.1 are not supported for testing.

Download Secure Browsers

The 2016-2017 versions of the Windows and Mac OS X secure browsers are now available. To download them, please select their corresponding tab. Secure Browsers for the other operating systems will be updated to the 2016-2017 versions once they become available.

Release of Secure Browsers for Windows, Mac, and Linux

The 2016-2017 versions of the Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux secure browsers are now available. To download them, please select their corresponding tab. 2016-2017 secure browser information for the other operating systems will be updated once it becomes available.


Technical Resources


About Supported Operating Systems

The operating system versions listed in the table above are the only ones that are officially supported.

These operating systems are supported when software is directly installed on machines and devices. Some types of network installation are supported.

For information about network installation and related requirements, refer to the Technical Specifications Manual for Online Testing.

Warning: Support for New Desktop Operating Systems
If a new desktop operating system becomes available after the secure browsers for this year are released and it is not listed in the above table, it will not be supported. Please do not upgrade to new operating systems on computers that will be used to administer online assessments.

Warning: Support for Updated Mobile Operating Systems
AIR recommends turning off or delaying automatic updates of the iOS, Android, and Chrome operating systems. Doing so will allow AIR to review changes to these systems and address any that pose a potential risk to student testing. Announcements will be posted to the portal when a new mobile OS can be used for testing.

 

Notes

  • Installing this Windows secure browser will uninstall the previous version automatically if it is installed to the same directory. The uninstaller process will launch automatically and remove the old files from that directory.
  • The installation file for Windows computers is an .msi file, which requires administrator rights. The steps below assume an administrator is installing the secure browser via the user interface.
  • Instructions for other installation options are available in the Secure Browser Installation Manual.

Installing Secure Browser for Windows

This procedure installs Secure Browser on all supported versions of Windows.

  1. If you installed a previous version of the secure browser in a location other than C:\Program Files (x86), manually uninstall the secure browser. (If you installed in C:\Program Files (x86), the installation package automatically removes it.)
  2. Click the Download Browser link above. A dialog window opens.
  3. Do one of the following (this step may vary depending on the browser you are using):
    • If presented with a choice to Run or Save the file, click Run. This opens the Secure Browser Setup wizard.
    • If presented only with the option to Save, save the file to a convenient location. After saving the file, double-click the installation file OAKSSecureBrowser-Win.msi to open the setup wizard.
  4. Follow the instructions in the setup wizard. When prompted for setup type, click Install.
  5. Click Finish to exit the setup wizard. The following items are installed:
    • The secure browser to the default location C:\Program Files (x86)\OAKSSecureBrowser (64 bit) or C:\Program Files\ OAKSSecureBrowser (32 bit).
    • A shortcut OAKSSecureBrowser to the desktop.
  6. Ensure all background jobs, such as virus scans or software updates, are scheduled outside of test windows. For example, if your testing takes place between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., schedule background jobs outside of these hours.
  7. Optional: Apply proxy settings by doing the following:
    1. Right-click the shortcut OAKSSecureBrowser on the desktop, and select Properties.
    2. Under the Shortcut tab, in the Target field, modify the command to specify the proxy.
    3. Click OK to close the Properties dialog box.

    For more information about proxy settings, see the Secure Browser Installation Manual.

  8. Run the browser by double-clicking the OAKSSecureBrowser shortcut on the desktop. The secure browser opens displaying the student login screen. The browser fills the entire screen and hides the task bar.
  9. To exit the browser, click CLOSE SECURE BROWSER in the upper-right corner of the screen.

Uninstalling the Windows Secure Browser

Note: In most cases, installing Windows Secure Browser  will uninstall the previous version automatically. If you did not use the installer program install the secure browser onto a network, you will need to manually remove it before you can install the new secure browser. If you installed version 7.2 to a different location than the previous version, you will need to manually uninstall the previous version.

  1. Open the Control Panel (from your taskbar, select Start > Control Panel).
  2. Select Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Select the Secure Browser program (e.g., OAKSSecureBrowser) and click [Remove] to open the Uninstall Wizard.
  4. Click [Next].
  5. Click [Uninstall]. This will remove the secure browser.
  6. Click [Finish] to complete the uninstall process.

Notes

  • This section provides instructions for installing Secure Browser on computers running Mac OS 10.6–10.11.
  • Do not download this secure browser for computers running Mac OS 10.5.

Uninstalling the Previous Mac Secure Browser

Before installing a new Mac secure browser, you will need to uninstall the previous version, if you have one.

There may be a secure browser folder on the desktop. (The secure browser version number will vary depending on your operating system version.) Drag the folder and related files to the Trash. If the browser was installed to a different location, remove it accordingly.


Installing Secure Browser for Mac OS 10.6–10.11

  1. Click the [Download Browser] link above. A dialog window will open. If prompted for a download location, select the desktop. Note: This step may vary slightly depending on the browser you are currently using.
    • If your browser automatically expands the Zip file, proceed to step 3.
    • If your computer opens the Software License Agreement window, proceed to step 4.
    • If you receive a warning message that the file contains an application, click [Continue] and proceed to step 4.
  2. Open the file (OAKSSecureBrowser-OSX.dmg) to expand its contents. Double-click the OAKSSecureBrowser-OSX.dmg file to mount the OAKSSecureBrowser folder on the desktop. Note: Your computer may automatically expand the file upon download.
  3. Double-click the mounted folder (OAKSSecureBrowser). The Software License Agreement window will open.
  4. Click [Accept].
  5. Drag the OAKS Secure Browser icon to your Applications folder.
    Important:
    The secure browser must be launched to successfully complete the installation.
    • For Mac OS 10.6, Exposé settings will be disabled only when the secure browser is launched. The dock will appear the first time the Exposé settings are disabled upon browser launch. System security is not affected because applications opened from the dock open in the background and cannot be accessed.
    • For Mac OS 10.7, 10.8, 10.9, 10.10, and 10.11, Mission Control/Spaces must be manually disabled before students can use the secure browser. Instructions for disabling Spaces are in the Technical Specifications Manual for Online Testing.
  6. Open the Applications folder and double-click the OAKSSecureBrowser icon to launch the secure browser. Upon launching the secure browser, you will see the student login screen. Note: The browser will fill the entire screen and hide the dock.
  7. To exit the browser, click the [Close Secure Browser] button in the upper right corner of the screen.

Download the Linux (32-bit) Secure Browser:

Notes

  • The Linux secure browser is a 32-bit browser. The instructions in this section are for installing the Linux secure browser onto 32-bit versions of Linux systems.
  • For detailed information on installing the Linux browser, including information on installing compatibility libraries for specific versions of Linux, see the Secure Browser Installation Manual.
  • After installing the Linux secure browser you must reboot your computer before administering any tests. The browser will not work correctly unless the computer is rebooted after installation.

Uninstalling the Previous Linux Secure Browser

Before installing a new Linux secure browser, you will need to uninstall the previous version, if you have one.

There may be a secure browser folder on the desktop. Drag the folder and related files to the Trash. If the browser was installed to a different location, remove it accordingly.


Installing Secure Browser for Linux (32-bit)

  1. Uninstall any previous versions of the secure browser by deleting the directory containing it.
  2. Obtain the root or super-user password for the computer on which you are installing the secure browser.
  3. Click the Download Browser link above. A dialog window opens. If prompted for a download location, select the desktop.
  4. Right-click the downloaded file OAKSSecureBrowserX.X-YYYY-MM-DD-i686.tar.bz2 (32-bit), and select Extract Here to expand the file. This creates the OAKSSecureBrowser folder on the desktop.
  5. In a file manager, open the OAKSSecureBrowser.
  6. For Ubuntu, disable automatic running of scripts by doing the following (otherwise skip to step 7).
    1. From the menu bar, select Edit > Preferences. On the Behavior tab, mark the Ask each time radio button.
    2. Click Close.
  7. Change the installation script to executable by doing the following:
    1. Right-click the file install-icon.sh, and select Properties.
    2. On the Permissions tab, mark the Allow executing file as a program checkbox.
    3. Click Close.
  8. Double-click the file install-icon.sh.In the next dialog box, click Run in Terminal. The installation script prompts you for the root or super-user password you obtained in step 2.
  9. Enter the password. The script installs all dependent libraries and supported voice packs, and creates an OAKSSecureBrowser icon on the desktop.
  10. Ensure all backgrounds jobs, such as virus scans or software updates, are scheduled outside of test windows. For example, if your testing takes place between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., schedule background jobs outside of these hours.
  11. If text-to-speech testing is performed on this computer, reboot it.
  12. From the desktop, double-click the OAKSSecureBrowser icon to launch the browser. The student login screen appears. The browser fills the entire screen and hides any panels or launchers.
  13. To exit the browser, click CLOSE SECURE BROWSER in the upper-right corner of the screen.

 

Download the Linux (64-bit) Secure Browser:

Notes

  • The Linux secure browser is a 64-bit browser. The instructions in this section are for installing the Linux secure browser onto 64-bit versions of Linux systems.
  • For detailed information on installing the Linux browser, including information on installing compatibility libraries for specific versions of Linux, see the Secure Browser Installation Manual.
  • After installing the Linux secure browser you must reboot your computer before administering any tests. The browser will not work correctly unless the computer is rebooted after installation.

Uninstalling the Previous Linux Secure Browser

Before installing a new Linux secure browser, you will need to uninstall the previous version, if you have one.

There may be a secure browser folder on the desktop. Drag the folder and related files to the Trash. If the browser was installed to a different location, remove it accordingly.


Installing Secure Browser for Linux (64-bit)

  1. Uninstall any previous versions of the secure browser by deleting the directory containing it.
  2. Obtain the root or super-user password for the computer on which you are installing the secure browser.
  3. Click the Download Browser link above. A dialog window opens. If prompted for a download location, select the desktop.
  4. Right-click the downloaded file OAKSSecureBrowserX.X-YYYY-MM-DD-x86_64.tar.bz2 (64-bit), and select Extract Here to expand the file. This creates the OAKSSecureBrowser folder on the desktop.
  5. In a file manager, open the OAKSSecureBrowser.
  6. For Ubuntu, disable automatic running of scripts by doing the following (otherwise skip to step 7).
    1. From the menu bar, select Edit > Preferences. On the Behavior tab, mark the Ask each time radio button.
    2. Click Close.
  7. Change the installation script to executable by doing the following:
    1. Right-click the file install-icon.sh, and select Properties.
    2. On the Permissions tab, mark the Allow executing file as a program checkbox.
    3. Click Close.
  8. Double-click the file install-icon.sh.In the next dialog box, click Run in Terminal. The installation script prompts you for the root or super-user password you obtained in step 2.
  9. Enter the password. The script installs all dependent libraries and supported voice packs, and creates an OAKSSecureBrowser icon on the desktop.
  10. Ensure all backgrounds jobs, such as virus scans or software updates, are scheduled outside of test windows. For example, if your testing takes place between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., schedule background jobs outside of these hours.
  11. If text-to-speech testing is performed on this computer, reboot it.
  12. From the desktop, double-click the OAKSSecureBrowser icon to launch the browser. The student login screen appears. The browser fills the entire screen and hides any panels or launchers.
  13. To exit the browser, click CLOSE SECURE BROWSER in the upper-right corner of the screen.

 

Download the iOS Secure Browser:

Installing the AIRSecureTest App for iOS

The AIRSecureTest mobile secure browser for iPads can be downloaded from the App store. The process for installing the secure browser is the same as for any other application.

  1. On your iPad, click the [Download Browser] link above. The AIRSecureTest application download page will open.
  2. Tap or select the [Free] button. The button will change to say [Install App].
  3. Tap or select [Install App].
  4. Enter your Apple ID password.
  5. The AIRSecureTest app will download and install onto your iPad. Look for the AIRSecureTest icon.

Related Requirements: Enabling Guided Access

To ensure a secure test environment, Guided Access must be enabled and activated before students can log in to a test session. Students will not be able to log in if Guided Access is not enabled and activated.

For more information about Guided Access, refer to the Technical Specifications Manual for Online Testing.


 

Download the Android Secure Browser:

Installing the AIRSecureTest App for Android

The AIRSecureTest mobile secure browser for supported Android tablets can be downloaded from the Google Play store. The process for installing the secure browser is the same as for any other application.

  1. On your Android tablet, click the [Download Browser] link above. You will be taken to the AIRSecureTest application download page.
  2. Tap or select the [Install] button.
  3. The mobile secure browser will download and install onto your Android tablet. Look for the AIRSecureTest icon.

Related Requirements: Changing the Default Android Keyboard

The mobile secure browser for Android tablets requires the Secure Browser Keyboard to be selected before students can open the app and access the test. The reason for this is that the default Android keyboard allows predictive text, which would unduly aid students when entering written responses to test items. The Secure Browser Keyboard is a basic keyboard, with no row for predictive text functionality.

For more information about the Secure Browser Keyboard, refer to the Technical Specifications Manual for Online Testing.


ELPA Not Supported on Android Tablets

Students who need to take the ELPA tests should not use tablets.

About Chromebooks and the AIRSecureTest Kiosk App

The American Institutes for Research has worked with Google to develop a secure browser kiosk application that can be downloaded onto Chromebooks from the Chrome Web Store. Using the AIRSecureTest kiosk application requires Chromebooks to run in kiosk mode.

This section outlines the basic steps for adding the AIRSecureTest app to managed Chromebooks and ensuring that the app runs in kiosk mode. Google has provided documentation for the sole purpose of running kiosk apps on Chromebooks. Links to this information are at the end of this section.


Adding the AIRSecureTest Kiosk App to Managed Chromebooks

Note: These instructions are for Chrome Device Managers who will add the secure browser to their domain-managed Chromebook devices.

  1. From your network administrator, obtain the following:
    • The wireless network to which the Chromebook connects. This typically includes the network’s SSID, password, and other access credentials.
    • An email and password for logging in to Gmail.
  2. Power off, then power on your Chromebook.
  3. If the OS verification is Off message appears, do the following (otherwise skip to step 4):
    1. Press the spacebar. In the confirmation screen, press Enter. The Chromebook reboots.
    2. In the Welcome screen, select your language and keyboard. Enter the network name and password you obtained in step 1. Tap Connect, then tap Continue.
    3. In the Google Chrome OS Terms screen, tap Accept and continue.
  4. When the Sign in screen appears, wipe the Chromebook by doing the following:
    1. Press Esc + Refresh + Power. The screen displays a yellow exclamation point (!).
    2. Press Ctrl + D to begin developer mode, then press Enter. The screen displays a red exclamation point.
    3. Press Ctrl + D. The Chromebook indicates it is transitioning to developer mode. The transition takes approximately 10 minutes, after which the Chromebook reboots.
    4. After the Chromebook reboots, the OS verification is Off message appears. Press the spacebar, then press Enter. The Chromebook reboots, and the Welcome screen appears.
  5. In the Welcome screen, select your language and keyboard. Enter the network name and password you obtained in step 1. Tap Connect, then tap Continue.
  6. In the Google Chrome OS Terms screen, tap Accept and continue. The Sign in screen appears.
  7. In the Sign in screen, press Ctrl + Alt + K. The Automatic Kiosk Mode screen appears with a yellow exclamation mark.
  8. Tap Enable, then tap OK. The Sign in screen appears.
  9. In the Sign in screen, enter the Gmail address and password you obtained in step 1, then tap Next.
  10. When you get to the desktop, tap the Chrome icon to open Chrome.
  11. In the URL bar, enter chrome://extensions. The Extensions screen appears.
  12. Mark the checkbox for Developer Mode.
  13. Tap Manage kiosk applications located at the top of the screen. The Manage Kiosk Applications screen appears.
  14. Do the following in the Manage Kiosk Applications screen:
    1. Enter the following into the Add kiosk application field: hblfbmjdaalalhifaajnnodlkiloengc.
    2. Tap Add. The AIRSecureTest application appears in the Manage Kiosk Applications list.
    3. If you want to run the secure browser as a dedicated kiosk application, do the following:
      1. Point the mouse over AirSecureTest, and click Set to auto-launch.
      2. Mark the Permanently keep this device in kiosk mode checkbox.
      3. Tap Yes to confirm.
    4. Tap Done. You return to the Extensions screen.
  15. Tap your icon in the lower-right corner and select Sign Out.
  16. Back at the desktop, tap Apps at the bottom of the screen, then tap AIRSecureTest. The secure browser launches.

 


Adding the AIRSecureTest App to Non-Managed Chromebooks

For information about adding the AIRSecureTest kiosk application to non-managed Chromebooks, refer to the Technical Specifications Manual for Online Testing.

Note: Non-managed Chromebooks must also have kiosk mode enabled.


Google Documentation


 

  • Important Information
  • Windows
    Vista, 7, 8.0 RT, 8.0 Pro, 8.1, 10; Server 2008, 2012
  • Mac OS X
    10.6–10.11
  • Linux
    (32-bit)
    Fedora 23-24
    openSUSE 13.1, 13.2
    Red Hat Enterprise 6.5
    Ubuntu (LTS) 12.04, 14.04, 16.04
  • Linux
    (64-bit)
    Fedora 23-24
    openSUSE 13.1, 13.2
    Red Hat Enterprise 6.5
    Ubuntu (LTS) 12.04, 14.04, 16.04
  • iOS
    8.0-8.2, 9.2, 9.3, 10.2
  • Android
    4.4, 5.0, 5.1, 6.0
  • Chrome OS
    48+