TASC Test Information For

Educators and Policymakers

Technical Requirements

Requirements for examinee computer workstations are as follows:

HARDWARE/SOFTWARE – PC

Hardware & Memory Minimums

• 1.3 GHz processor

• 2 GB of memory

• 1 GB disk space available

• Operating System Windows XP SP3, Vista SP1, Windows 7

• Additional Software Adobe® AIR®

• Java Runtime Environment™ 7, 32- or 64-bit to match OS

 

HARDWARE/SOFTWARE – LINUX

Hardware & Memory Minimums

• 1.3 GHz processor

• 2 GB of memory minimum

• 1 GB disk space available

• Operating System Linux Fedora Release 17, OpenSUSE 12.2, or Ubuntu 12.1

• Additional Software Adobe® AIR®

• Adobe® Flash® Player 11

• Java Runtime Environment™ 7, 32- or 64-bit to match OS

 

HARDWARE/SOFTWARE – MAC

Hardware & Memory Minimums:

• 1.8 GHz Intel processor

• 2 GB of memory

• 1 GB disk space available

• Operating System OS 10.6, 10.7, 10.8 Intel

• Additional Software Flash® Player 11

• Java Runtime Environment™ 7, 32- or 64-bit to match OS

• Adobe® AIR®

• Web Browser Safari® 2.0

 

HARDWARE/SOFTWARE – Common to all Machines and Operating Systems

• Display Monitor Set to minimum of 1024 x 768 pixels

• Minimum color display: 256 colors (8-bit)

• Internet Access High-speed internet connection

• Peripherals Keyboard (should not have shortcut hot keys enabled)

• Mouse is required for manipulatives

• Sound card, headphones for Screen Reader accommodation

• Sound card, headphones or speakers, microphone for audio recording capability

 

*If audio is enabled, verify that the sound is not muted and the sound card is configured to use the headset and microphone in computer control panel

 

NETWORK CONNECTIVITY

Bandwidth Minimum:

• 1.5 Mbps upload and download – T1, high-speed cable or high-speed

• DSL required for every 50-100 concurrent users

• Firewalls Port 80 and 443 must be open

• Proxy Servers Dynamic pages are not to be cached

• Allow both HTTP and HTTPS traffic for *.ctb.com

• Allow traffic from app.readspeaker.com (for screen reader accommodation)

• Exclude *.ctb.com addresses from filters—highly recommended

 

SECURITY AND OTHERS

• Instant messaging and e-mail notification disabled

• Screensavers Screen savers and power savers disabled

• System Scans Anti-virus system scans and/or auto-updates set to run when testing

will not be taking place

• System Restore System restore utilities, e.g. Deep Freeze, disabled during setup and

testing, so that new data remains in place after system reboot

• Remote Desktop Remote desktop access disabled

• Web Content Filtering Exclude *.ctb.com from web filtering

• Others Other automatic software that needs to be disabled

 

Note: The software listed above has been tested for correct operation with the online system. Later versions of these applications may work but they have not been tested and are not supported by Data Recognition Corporation | CTB Software applications that would interfere with secure, locked-down browser application must be disabled/turned off (not uninstalled); they must be set to run outside the testing window for security.