What student testing devices are allowed for the CBT 2022-23 test administrations?

06/24/22: This article has been updated for the 2022-23 School Year.

The New York State Grades 3-8 ELA and math test development partner, Questar Assessment Inc., provides a list of student testing devices and operating systems that are supported by the testing platform (Nextera Test Delivery System/ Questar Secure Browser) on their website for Test Readiness. Below, for your quick reference, is the list of supported student testing devices and operating systems. 

In preparation for the upcoming operational CBT test administration window, our schools will be completing CBT Technology Readiness online at the Nextera Admin website. This year, we added a section to the technology readiness that will help principals and district test coordinators (DTCs) verify that their anticipated student testing devices and operating systems are supported for the Questar Secure Browser.

For schools using iPads for the 2022-2023 ELA and Math operational administration as well as the ELA, Math, and Science field testing administration, Questar has advised NYSED that the text-to-speech accommodation will function as designed on all iPads with iOS versions 14x and 15x except for those with the minor version 14.6. Therefore, if your iPad devices currently have the iOS version 14.6, it is recommended that you update your devices to a newer supported iOS version.

Please note: Versions below are subject to change. For updates to Questar’s operating system support, please reference Nextera Admin under the Help downloads tab.

The following table indicates student testing devices and operating systems that are supported by Questar for the CBT 2022-2023 school year test administration:

Operating System

OS Version

Windows 

OS 10 and 11

Pro

Education

Pro Education

Home

Enterprise

10 - Versions 20H2, 21H1, 21H2

11 – Version 21H2

Windows 10S is NOT supported.
Windows 11S is NOT supported.

Mac 

Mac OS X

11.x, and 12.x

(includes minor versions)

 

Note: MacOS 10.15 is no longer supported

Chromebooks

OS 97+

iOS

(9.7"+ screen)
14.x, 15.x

(includes minor versions)

 

* TTS is NOT supported on version 14.6
* iPad Minis and iPad 3s are not allowed for CBT due to small screen size.

Please note that the Questar Secure Browser should be installed and tested prior to the CBT test administration window. Students should also be comfortable with the Nextera Test Delivery System and online testing tools prior to sitting for the computer-based tests. The publicly available Question Sampler provides practice tests for every subject and grade level. 

Note: References to “.x” releases infer that all available point-releases within that version are supported. For example, “11.x” means that all 11.0 available versions are supported.

For additional information on how to install the testing platform on the support devices, visit The Nextera Setup & Installation Guide.

Also, you can always consult the Questar Readiness page for complete device and system support information. 

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