What Is The NAPLAN Locked Down browser?

NAPLAN Online can only be accessed via a locked down browser. This is a secure browser app. It does not contain test content, so students must be connected to the Internet to take the test. 

Why Do Devices Need To Be “Locked Down?”

Devices need to be locked down to stop students accessing unauthorised websites, as well as features such as spell check, screenshots and the camera. Access is only provided to the test player. The locked down browser also prevents students from exiting the test without confirmation..  

How to Guides (By Operating System)

The locked down browser must be installed on all devices for students to be able to participate in NAPLAN online testing. Device requirements should be checked prior to installation. 

Step #1: Download the NAPLAN locked down browser

Use the Windows link on the National Assessment Platform home page: https://www.assessform.edu.au/layouts/Technology/LockedDownBrowser.aspx Save it to your downloads folder.

Which file should you choose? Select:

  • .msi – for Windows 8/10, if you have .NET 4.5.2 or later installed
  • .exe – for Windows 7, if you are unsure whether the computer has .NET 4.5.2 installed

Step #2: Install the NAPLAN locked down browser

  1. Navigate to the locked down browser installer file (NAP Locked down browser.msi OR NAP Locked down browser.exe). It will be in your downloads folder.
  2. Double-click NAP Locked down browser .msi / .exe to launch the installation wizard.
  3. Accept the licence terms and conditions.
  4. Select Install. If asked to confirm installation, select Yes.
  5. Wait for installation to complete.
  6. Select Finish or Close.

Step #3: Open the locked down browser

Open the browser to verify that it launches. If you see the main menu, the browser is ready to test and use.

Step #4: Verify that the locked down browser is working

Access the test menu and try the different functions. Take particular care to ensure that sound is switched on and that it works with headphones.

The Locked down browser must be installed on all devices for students to be able to participate in NAPLAN online testing. Device requirements should be checked prior to installation. 

Step #1: Download the NAPLAN locked down browser

Use the Mac link on the National Assessment Platform home page: https://www.assessform.edu.au/layouts/Technology/LockedDownBrowser.aspx

The .dmg version is the easiest way to install the browser on a single machine.

Step #2: Install the NAPLAN locked down browser

  1. Double click the locked down browser.dmg file to launch the installer.
  2. Drag and drop the NAP icon into the Applications folder icon..
  3. Close the installer window.

Step #3: Open the locked down browser

Navigate to the Applications folder to locate the NAP browser app. Double click on the browser to verify that it launches. 

Step #4: Verify that the locked down browser is working

Start the app. You will see the Launchpad. Select Device check. Take particular care to ensure that sound is switched on and that it works with headphones. Select Back to the return to the Launchpad.

The Locked down browser must be installed on all devices for students to be able to participate in NAPLAN online testing. Device requirements should be checked prior to installation. 

Step #1: Download the NAPLAN locked down browser

The app is available on the App store for iPad. See the ‘NAP Locked down browser’ app by Education Services Australia.

Step #2: Install the NAPLAN locked down browser

 Click to install.

Step #3: Open the locked down browser

Open the browser to verify that it launches.

Step #4: Verify that the locked down browser is working

Access the test menu and try the different functions. Take particular care to ensure that sound is switched on and that it works with headphones

The Locked down browser must be installed on all devices for students to be able to participate in NAPLAN online testing. Device requirements should be checked prior to installation. 

Step #1: Download the NAPLAN locked down browser

The app is available in the Chrome web store. See the ‘NAP Locked down browser’ app by Education Services Australia.

Note that Unmanaged Chromebooks (BYOD) are not supported.

Step #2: Install the NAPLAN locked down browser

Click on the app in the Chrome web store to install.

The app is configured to run in Kiosk mode. Kiosk configuration settings can be downloaded here: https://www.assessform.edu.au/Layouts/Technology/LockedDownBrowser.aspx

Step #3: Open the locked down browser

Open the browser to verify that it launches.

Step #4: Verify that the locked down browser is working

Access the test menu and try the different functions. Take particular care to ensure that sound is switched on and that it works with headphones

Frequently Asked Questions

A Locked down browser prevents students from accessing unauthorised websites and apps, as well as features such as spell check and screenshot. The browser is available for Windows, Chromebooks, Mac, and iPads.

Department-enrolled Chromebooks already have the browser installed, and department-managed eT4L devices have the browser deployed to their device. For the others, schools will need to install the browsers. More information can be found on the platform website: https://www.assessform.edu.au/layouts/Technology/LockedDownBrowser.aspx

School staff do not use locked down browsers to access functions or administer the tests. They will need to use desktop, laptop or notebook computers. Tablets and iPads are not supported for administrative use.

Students who are allocated authorised disability adjustment codes from a Test Administration Authority will be exempt from using a locked down browser.

As long as the technical requirements are met, iPads can be used for NAPLAN. The technical requirements can be found via the ACARA website: https://www.nap.edu.au/naplan/understanding-online-assessment/technical-requirements

The browser uses the default system proxy settings. 

  • Web Proxy Auto-Discovery Protocol (WPAD). Windows is limited to WPAD via DNS and WPAD via DHCP.
  • Proxy Auto-Configuration (PAC) file
  • Manual proxy 

Proxy support is not available for unmanaged Chromebooks.

It does not support configuring proxy settings via group policy. 

In addition, the browser does not support man-in-the-middle HTTPS proxies or Deep Packet Inspection infrastructure that needs a self-signed certificate or customised trusted root certificate. Schools can whitelist the Assessment Platform in HTTPS content filtering or deep packet inspection systems: see the portal at https://www.assessform.edu.au/layouts/Common/LoginPrompt.aspx?T=TFAQ

 

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