Device Requirements and Approved Browsers

Below is information on universal requirements for testing devices, the current list of approved secure browsers and corresponding devices, and a list of sunset dates after which certain operating system versions will not be supported.

The following requirements apply to all testing devices regardless of format, manufacturer or operating system.

Universal Requirements
Device Requirement
Screen Display must measure a minimum 9.5 inches diagonal (sometimes described as “10-inch class”). Resolution must be a minimum of 1024×768.
Headphones / Earphones Headphones or earphones must be available to students for use during the English language arts test and for students who require text-to-speech features on the mathematics test.
Keyboard A physical keyboard is required to avoid consuming screen space that must be available for test content.
Pointing Device A pointing device must be included. This may be a mouse, touch screen, touchpad, or other pointing device with which the student is familiar.
Network Must be connected to the internet with a minimum of 20Kbps available per student to be tested simultaneously.
Security It must be possible to secure the device so that the student does not have access to unauthorized web sites or applications. This is accomplished through the use of an approved secure browser.

Smarter Balanced has released the following open source secure browsers. Please contact your Assessment Service Provider for the correct software to use with your test delivery system.

Secure Browsers and Scope of Support
Secure Browser Scope of Support
Secure Browser for Microsoft Windows Windows XP Service Pack 3 (See sunset date below) Windows Vista; Windows 7; Windows 8 and 8.1; Windows 10; Windows Server 2003, 2008, and 2012;Minimum Hardware: Pentium 233 Mhz processor; 128 MB RAM; 52 MB hard drive free space.

Recommended Hardware: 1Ghz processor; 1GB RAM; 1GB hard drive free space.

Virtual desktop systems running versions of Microsoft Windows require additional assurance that the virtual desktop client (the device in front of the student) has been secured to prevent unauthorized access to applications or websites.

Secure Browser for Apple Mac OS X 10.5-10.11 Mac OS X 10.5 to 10.11 Minimum Hardware: Macintosh with Intel 300Ghz Processor; 256 MB RAM; 200MB hard drive free space.Recommended Hardware: Macintosh with 1Ghz processor; 1GB RAM; 1GB hard drive free space.
Secure Browser for Apple Mac OS X 10.4-10.5 Mac OS X 10.4.4 to Mac OSX 10.5Minimum Hardware: Macintosh with Intel x86 or PowerPC G3 300Ghz Processor; 256 MB RAM; 200MB hard drive free space. (See PowerPC sunset date below) Recommended Hardware: Macintosh with 1Ghz processor; 1GB RAM; 1GB hard drive free space.
Secure Browser for Apple iOS 7 (iPAD) ios 7.1iPad 2, iPad 3rd Generation, iPad 4th generation, iPad AirAs with all devices, a physical keyboard is required for use with iPad devices. The iPad mini is unsupported due to inadequate screen size.
Secure Browser for Apple iOS 8 (iPad) iOS 8.02, 8.1iPad 2, iPad 3rd Generation, iPad 4th generation, iPad Air, iPad Air 2As with all devices, a physical keyboard is required for use with iPad devices. The iPad mini is unsupported due to inadequate screen size.
Secure Browser for Google Chromebook ChromeBooks running Chrome OS v31 to v37
Secure Browser for Linux Ubuntu 10.04, 12.04, 14.04Fedora Core 16 to 20open SUSE 13.1Red Hat Enterprise 6.5

Minimum Hardware: Pentium II or AMD K6-III 233Mhz Processor; 64MB RAM; 52 MB hard drive free space.

Recommended Hardware: 1 Ghz Processor; 1GB RAM; 1GB hard drive free space.

Secure Browser for Android Select Android devices running Android OS 4.0.4 to 4.4The secure browser for Android tablets requires that the secure browser keyboard be selected before students access the login page. This is to disable the keyboard predictive text which would unduly aid students when entering written responses.
Secure Browser for Amplify Tablet Amplify Tablet with Android operating system and physical keyboard.

Support for certain operating systems and associated devices will expire at the end of the school year according to the following table.

Sunset Dates
Operating System OS Release Date Smarter End of Support Date
Mac OS 10.4.4 January 2006 End of 2014-2015 School Year
Mac OS 10.5 (Power PC) October 2007 End of 2014-2015 School Year
Mac OS 10.5 (Intel) October 2007 End of 2016-2017 School Year
Mac OS 10.6 August 2009 End of 2018-2019 School Year
Mac OS 10.7 July 2011 End of 2020-2021 School Year
Mac OS 10.8 July 2012 End of 2021-2022 School Year
Mac OS 10.9 October 2013 End of 2022-2023 School Year
Windows XP (SP 3) April 2008 End of 2015-2016 School Year
Windows Vista January 2007 End of 2016-2017 School Year
Windows 7 October 2009 End of 2019-2020 School Year
Windows 8 August 2012 End of 2021-2022 School Year
Windows Server 2003 April 2003 End of 2015-2016 School Year
Windows Server 2008 October 2008 End of 2018-2019 School Year
Fedora Core 6 November 2007 End of 2016-2017 School Year
Ubuntu 9-12 October 2009 End of 2018-2019 School Year
iOS 6 June 2012 TBD
iOS 7 September 2013 TBD
Chrome OS Rolling Release TBD