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NAPLAN Online – Checking your devices

Will your school be running NAPLAN online assessments this year? To ensure a smooth experience for your students, it's important to confirm that all devices to be used for testing meet the technical requirements provided by ACARA. The information below will assist you to verify each device is ready for use.

Locked down browser

The national assessment platform used for NAPLAN Online can only be accessed using a locked down browser (LDB). It is available for Windows, Mac, iPad and Chromebook.

The locked down browser is a custom browser that increases the security of the exam environment. It disables the camera, spell check, screenshot, home, back and power button features, and prevents:

  • students from accessing other applications, web pages, software or hardware features
  • the use of operating system commands, such as functions accessed by CTRL-ALT-DEL
  • execution in a virtual machine or a virtual desktop, such as Citrix Virtual, VMware or Parallels on Mac
  • the user from exiting without confirmation.

For more information on the locked down browser, visit the NAP technology page.

Verifying/Installing the locked down browser

All schools sitting NAPLAN Online should have most of their compatible managed devices automatically installed with the latest version of the locked down browser. Some devices may require local deployment. Each device intended for testing use should be checked and confirmed first.

Bring your own device

Schools may adopt a 'bring your own device' (BYO device) policy, allowing students to use their own devices to sit NAPLAN Online. Each device will require the installation of the locked down browser application. This can be downloaded from the NAP technology page.

The use of a personal computer or tablet for national tests is supported by ACARA, provided the device meets the technical requirements for NAPLAN Online. Schools will be responsible for managing the installation of the locked down browser on BYO devices.

Getting Ready for NAPLAN Online

For other advice relating to preparing the school for running NAPLAN online testing sessions, please visit the department’s NAPLAN Online site.