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Technical Requirements

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ACT Aspire will support current releases of major operating systems and browsers. A specific list of supported versions will continue to evolve.

All devices must have the administrative tools and capabilities to temporarily disable features, functionalities, and applications that could present a security risk during test administration including,
but not limited to:

  • Unrestricted Internet access
  • Cameras (still and video)
  • Screen capture (live and recorded)
  • Email and instant message
  • Bluetooth connections
  • Application switching and printing


Processor x86 / x32 and x/64 Intel Based
Ram 512 MB RAM 1 GB RAM
Operating System Windows 7, 8, 8.1 Mac OS X 10.7, 10.8, 10.9, 10.10
Web Browser Firefox (v38 +), IE 11 Firefox (v38 +), Safari 6.x, 7.x & 8.x
Network Speed Internet connection with caching:
5 kilobits per second (kbps) per student)
Internet connection with Caching:
5 kilobits per second (kbps) per student.
Internet connection without caching:
50 kilobits per second (kbps) per student
Internet connection without caching:
50 kilobits per second (kbps) per student


For proper functioning of the system, the following must be enabled:

  • All Windows and Mac browser-based solutions require Java version 1.8
  • Browser pop-ups should be allowed for TestNav (
  • Local read/write access to home directory for temporary Student Response Files and logs


  • Periodic Assessments: iPads and Chromebooks are approved for use on the ACT Aspire periodic assessments for all subjects and grades.
  • Summative Assessments: Chromebook and iPad usage will be supported for all customers. Comparability research will be ongoing.


  • ACT Aspire does not allow the use of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programs for student assessments. School-owned laptops, Chromebooks and iPads issued to students to take home may be used if prepared for assessments by IT staff and are secured at the school for the duration of testing.


  • Technical supports of ACT Aspire is limited to the browsers and operating systems outlined above.
  • It does not include support of specific hardware configurations.