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Hardware Requirements ♦ Software Requirements

These reflect minimum and recommended requirements; however, some customers slightly vary requirements for their specific organizations.

Do not use devices that take 10 seconds or more to start/run applications.

Hardware Requirements (2021-22 School Year)






4 GB RAM; Minimum - 2 GB RAM

  • Linux and iOS - 2 GB RAM; Minimum - 1 GB RAM

Screen Size



1024 x 768


  • External keyboard and mouse (or touchpad) for touchscreen devices

    • Android, Windows (required)
    • iOS (recommended)
  • Local File access to home directory

    • OS X, macOS
    • Windows
  • Wired keyboards (recommended)
  • Convertible Chromebooks - no tablet mode
(warning) Virtual Environments
  • Some customers successfully use virtualization/thin clients; however, Pearson does not provide support for these technologies. 
  • Those using these technologies are responsible for their virtualized environment security and performance. 
  • Prior to high-stakes testing, customers should compare virtual environment performance to that of a non-virtual environment.

*macOS only

For details on support changes, see the Recently Updated page.

Upcoming Support Changes

Pearson aligns support requirements with changing technologies. See the TestNav System Requirement Policy for details.

  • iOS 15
  • macOS 12 Monterey

When updates are released, Pearson first tests a beta version and reports bugs to developers. When the final version is publicly released, Pearson also tests this version to ensure TestNav compatibility before supporting it. When hardware or software deprecates, Pearson drops support for it.

TestNav App Update General Info

Customers may take app releases at varying times, depending on testing sessions. Methods for app updates vary by app and OS.

Software Requirements (2021-22 School Year)

Annually, Pearson updates support requirements based on the TestNav System Requirement Policy.

Districts should use this policy to determine annual purchasing needs and prepare devices.

When necessary for some tests, TestNav apps can run in kiosk mode, which prevents students from accessing any other web pages or applications while testing.

Supported Versions
Download TestNav
Setup Instructions
Tablets, Chromebooks, Chromeboxes
For info on Android, see 
TestNav - Android App and Secure Testing

From Google Play

Set Up TestNav on Android
Chrome OS91+

From Chrome Web Store

Set Up TestNav on Chrome OS



From the App Store

Set Up TestNav on iOS
Laptops, Desktops


  • Fedora 33 x64
  • Ubuntu 18.04 x64

From TestNav downloads

Set Up TestNav on Linux


  • 10.14-11 (Intel Mac)
  • Apple silicon (ARM64)*

From TestNav downloads 

Set Up TestNav on OS X, macOS

10 x64 - 20H2, 21H1

From TestNav downloads or Windows Store

Set Up TestNav on Windows

*only with TestNav 8.17 and above

For tests that do not require kiosk mode, you can use the TestNav apps or the browsers in the table below:


Versions and Corresponding Browsers

Chrome OS

91+ Google Chrome 91+


13-14.x  Safari 13.x-14.x

OS X/macOS

10.14, 10.15, 11 Safari 13.x-14.x; Firefox 63-84

Apple silicon (ARM64) Safari 14.x

  • 10 Google Chrome 91+, Microsoft Edge

TestNav supports audio recorder interactions only through the TestNav app on these OSs*:

  • Windows
  • Mac
  • iOS
  • Chrome OS

*These interactions are not supported on any browser.

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