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NAPLAN – Checking your devices

To ensure a smooth NAPLAN 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: 

  1. Verify your devices meet NAPLAN’s technical requirements
  2. Review the instructions for the different supported devices listed below to verify the browser is installed on each device
  3. Configure your device settings
  4. Ensure sufficient headsets, keyboards and mice are available and that all mobile devices are fully charged on test day(s)
  5. Confirm that a demonstration test works properly in the Locked Down Browser
  6. 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 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 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. 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 Windows or Mac computer or tablet for national tests is supported by ACARA, provided the device meets the technical requirements for NAPLAN. BYO Chromebooks are NOT supported. Please read more in the Chromebooks section above.  Schools will be responsible for managing the installation of the locked down browser on supported 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do schools have enough devices or bandwidth to deliver NAPLAN?

Technical readiness activities identified schools that required additional resources, such as devices, bandwidth, and Wi-Fi. As a result, there was significant investment in network infrastructure and bandwidth speed to prepare school for the move to online testing. 

Can iPads or tablets be used?

Yes. Some iPads and tablets can be used, providing they meet the technical requirements. For further information, check the Device requirements page on the Assessform website. 

Do students need headphones or earphones to complete NAPLAN?

Yes. Headphones or earphones are required for each student to complete NAPLAN. For example, the spelling test includes audio delivery of words that students are required to type in. 

Will students need a mouse when using laptops?

No. A mouse is not necessary for successful interaction with the online items, although they can be used if a school prefers this approach. 

What happens if a computer experiences issues during a test session?

No student is disadvantaged if their device stops working during the NAPLAN assessments. In the case of interruptions, tests can be paused and resumed as required with no time lost. If a device stops working, all responses will have been saved and the student can usually complete their test in a rescheduled session. 

Getting ready for NAPLAN

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