In 2023, there is no NAPLAN practice test window. To prepare and confirm devices are ready to run NAPLAN testing, schools are encouraged to turn on the devices and check that the updated locked down browser is available. Built into the lock down browser are demonstration tests for years 3, 5, 7 and 9. To confirm the Lock Down Browser is functioning, commence a demonstration test and complete a few questions.
To ensure a smooth NAPLAN Online experience for your students, it's important to confirm that all devices to be used for testing are NAPLAN ready. The information below will assist you:
- Verify your devices meet NAPLAN’s technical requirements
- Review the instructions for the different supported devices listed below to verify the browser is installed on each device
- Configure your device settings
- Ensure sufficient headsets, keyboards and mice are available and that all mobile devices are fully charged on test day(s)
- Confirm that a demonstration test works properly in the Locked Down Browser
- Check NAPLAN Device requirements which also includes a linked PDF of known device issues that is regularly updated
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.
eT4L Windows devices
The latest version of the locked down browser is v5.2.2 (updated: 30-Nov-2022). It was deployed automatically to schools participating in NAPLAN Online.
For schools where the automated installation has not occurred on a device, you can install via the Universal Desktop Management portal (UDM) - located under Enterprise Agreement Software and listed as NAP Locked Down Browser v5.2.2
Locked down browser manual installation guide for eT4L devices (PDF 47.73KB)
All department-enrolled Chromebooks have the locked down browser application v0.16.0.1 (updated: 6-Oct-2021) installed by default. NOTE – this version remains valid for NAPLAN 2023.
The locked down browser launcher can be found in the Apps menu on the start-up screen that appears prior to log in. Users can choose to either start the locked down browser or log in to the Chromebook for regular use.
To function correctly, every Chromebook must be running Chrome OS v90 or later. Chromebooks not used since last year may still have an older version, so it is very important that you start using these devices well before they are needed for testing, to allow for the OS update to be received and installed in the background.
To confirm the current Chrome OS version, logon to the Chromebook, then click the time in the bottom-right corner. Click the Gear ⚙ icon, then choose About Chrome OS on the left. If the version is lower than 90, click the 'Check for Updates' button. If the update installs, you will need to restart the Chromebook to make it active. Any Chromebooks that are running versions of Chrome OS older than 90 should not be used for NAPLAN testing.
ERROR: "Kiosk Application could not be installed"
Some schools have reported the above error on some Chromebooks when launching the NAP Locked Down Browser. The cause is a insufficient free storage space left on the Chromebook. This is a common situation where your Chromebooks have been shared by many separate students and their local user profiles have consumed all available space.
Solution: You will need to Powerwash the Chromebook before it can be used for NAPLAN testing.
The latest version of the locked down browser is v5.3.0 (updated: 05-Dec-2022).
Apple Macs in schools should be managed by Jamf Pro. To assist schools with using their Jamf Pro-managed compatible Apple Mac devices for NAPLAN Online testing, the department has released a self-service deployment option for the NAP Locked Down Browser (LDB).
If the managed Mac device is running Mac OS Catalina (10.15.4) or later, the NAP LDB program will appear as an option in the Jamf Self Service app. Selecting the option will deploy the LDB to the Mac automatically.
For schools with multiple compatible managed Macs, it is possible to create a Jamf Pro policy to deploy the NAPLAN locked down browser automatically to selected or all enrolled Mac devices. The Jamf Pro console manager at your school can follow the step-by-step guide to create the necessary local policy.
Schools with unmanaged Apple Macs should visit the NAP Technology page to access the latest version.
The latest version of the locked down browser is v5.2.6 (updated: 22-Nov-2022).
On iPad, a NAPLAN locked down browser App can be installed. A minimum of iOS 14 is required. See the NAP Technology page to access the latest version. If your devices are managed using JAMF Pro follow this step by step guide to push the browser out to all your devices and set any necessary settings. If you are having any difficulty with this process contact your local Apple Champ via EDConnect.
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.
Questions or issues relating to device testing and preparation?
Please call EDConnect on 1300 32 32 32 option 5 and pass on all details about your query. There is also a NAPLAN Team community on Yammer that is available for asking questions and getting advice.
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.