Technical Requirements for Home Use

  • NCTest content is NOT allowed to be cached via web proxy, content delivery networks, local client, or other cache technologies longer than the period needed to deliver the test to the student.
  • A Chrome App, a native tablet app, and a Secure Browser are available for online assessment - See NCTest Support for details and requirements for each platform supported.
  • 1024 x 768 Screen resolution for best performance. Lower vertical resolutions for some devices are possible, but will increase the amount of scrolling and other user interface adjustments (changing the size of screen display areas) to fully access items.
  • Screen size must be 9.5" or larger
  • See NCTest Support for operating systems and devices supported
  • iPads must use Automatic Assessment Configuration in order to restrict the iPad to only be able to run the NCTest app. The current version of the NCTest iPad app will automatically use AAC if it is supported on your device.
  • Allow all web traffic (including JavaScript, mp3, ogg, mp4 files, images, etc.) from and (standard and secure).
  • NCTest Chrome App maximizes to full screen and does not use pop-up windows so there is no requirement to allow pop-up windows.
  • NCTest must retain focus during test administrations so screen savers, sleep mode, or other program notification pop-ups or other tools that may interrupt the current application running (NCTest) must be disabled.
  • Test takers must not move to other system windows.
  • Other Apps, add-ons, system tools should be disabled prior to beginning a test administrations.
  • Gesture controls must be disabled on computers used to test, except those using the Secure Browser as this feature can cause NCTest to loose focus and students would encounter the unexpected exit dialog.
  • Beta versions of operating systems for desktops and tablets and the Chrome browser are not approved for use for secure test administrations.
  • Screen capture capabilities must be disabled. Please reference the NC Testing Students with Disabilities Manual for details concerning appropriate screen sharing scenarios.

Supported Systems for NCTest Home Use

NCTest Secure Browser Required for Desktops and Laptops: The NCDPI requires the use of the NCTest Secure Exam Browser for Windows/Apple desktop and laptop computers for the 2020-21 school year. Google support for the NCTest Chrome App on Windows, Mac and Linux has ended, but, at present, the NCTest Chrome App can still be used for Chromebooks.

iPad App Required: The NCDPI requires the use of the free NCTest app for iPads. Those using iPad devices during the 2020-21 school year will be required to download and install this free app on each device before students complete the Online Assessment Tutorial requirement. The latest version of the native tablet app will be required to access NCTest.

Chromebooks: Chromebooks must use the free NCTest Chrome App for the 2020-21 school year and the Chromebook must also meet all technical and settings requirements. Details of the approved procedure for Chromebooks is provided below.

iOS 8, 9-9.3.2, and OS X 10.11 and below use for 2020-21: These OS are no longer supported by their publishing companies. Therefore, computers running these OSes will not be allowed for online testing and data collection for 2020-21.

Systems NOT supported beyond the 2020-21 academic year include: Mac OS X 10.12.

Assistive Technology (AT) Devices for Students with Disabilities: If an AT Device is used within NCTest, test administrators must ensure the software is compatible with the NCTest App or Browser and does not cause the App or Browser to close when the technology is used. The functionality of the software can be tested through the use of the Online Tutorial and/or Online Released Items for the assessment. Any program or software that sends information presented on the screen to a third party vendor’s server must not be used in conjunction with NCTest.

Additional information on all accommodations allowable on NC State Assessments can be found in the NC Testing Program Testing Students with Disabilities Manual located on TNN.

Platform Browser Required Type of Install and Availability Locally Managed Requirements and Restrictions Minimum Tech Specs
Windows 8
Windows 10
Mac OS X 10.12+
NCTest Secure Browser For NCTest Secure Browser: Obtain NCTest Secure Browser from "insert link here" Enforce availability of and Enforce minimum number of locally running applications running at the same time as the NCTest Secure Browser. Only minimum OS, antivirus, security tools, etc. should be running on computers for the best performance. Antivirus and security software must be set to permit the NCTest Secure Browser to install and run.
  • Pentium 4 or newer for Windows and Intel for Macs,
  • 1GB of RAM,
  • 350MB of available file space
  • 9.5" or larger screen
  • 1024 horizontal screen resolution
Windows RT, XP, Vista, 7 NOT SUPPORTED for 2020-21 and beyond
Linux NOT SUPPORTED for 2020-21 and beyond
iPad iOS v.9.3.2+ iPad NCTest App (latest version) Download from Store. iPad NCTest App supports AAC (Automatic Assessment Configuration) to place the iPad in a secure testing mode.
  • Latest version available
  • 9.5" or larger screen
  • The NCTest tablet apps are designed for the use of the touch interface to respond to technology-enhanced items and access online tools. Physical keyboards and optional touch devices may be used by students if proven by local technical and accountability staff to create no advantage or cause no technical issues. Keyboards and optional touch devices selected for use by an LEA must be tested locally for functionality through the Online Assessment Tutorial well in advance of test day.
Chromebook Chrome with NCTest Chrome App version 3.7 or higher No install necessary as Chrome browser is required for Chromebooks. NCTest Chrome App 3.7 will require set up and configuration. NCTest Chrome App version 3.7 is available in the Chrome App Store. Updated information regarding use of the NCTest Chrome App will be posted here when available. Screen Resolution Adjustment: Chromebook models come with a pre-set single screen resolution. On some models, the resolution will be unacceptable for NCTest use. In order to "change" the resolution, use the Settings option (from the menu in the top right hand corner), and click on 'Show Advanced Settings...'. Once the advanced settings are visible, adjust the Page Zoom lower than 100%. Some experimentation may be required to find what value works best; the width of the pre-set Chromebook model resolution divided by 1024 is a reasonable starting place. NOTE: The reverse is also true. If your resolution is correct by default, zooming in may make the resolution too low. Set up instructions as a Kiosk Chrome App (highly recommended)
  • 9.5" or larger screen
  • Version 58 of Chrome/Chromium or higher required. Latest version is recommended.
  • NCTest Chrome App 3.7 or higher