PARCC Testing with a Personal Device
PARCC testing on a personal device requires the student and their family to have the device properly set up for the testing window. Below you will find instructions on how to setup and test your system before PARCC testing begins. Any questions and request for assistance can be directed to the instructional technology coach at your building.
Mac & Windows
You can install and use the TestNav Desktop program on your device. In the linked "details" below, you only need to follow the steps up to the "Sign In" process. Follow the steps in the video to the right to prepare your machine. If you completed these steps last year and still have the program on your machine, you will need install the newest version.*Learn how to hide your OS X dock to avoid testing problems.**You need to make sure to close any programs that are running which may open a window while you are testing. Examples would include music streaming services (Pandora, Spotify, etc...), notifications from anti-virus software (Norton, etc...), gaming programs (Steam, Origin, etc...).***If you experience issues with scrolling during the test, use your two-finger touchpad or touchscreen navigation. If you cannot select options from a dropdown menu, use your arrow keys and and Enter key to make these selections.
- Make sure your OS is updated to a least 8.3. See this page for more details on keeping your device up to date.
- Download the TestNav app from the app store.
- On an iPad, the PARCC test app must be run in Guided Access mode. Follow the directions for enabling Guided Access, using TestNav with Guided Access, and then closing Guided Access when finished.
- Click for directions on Guided Access
- Click here for a checklist of steps for setting up and verifying your iPad PARCC testing environment. The link presented in Step 2 of this checklist is incorrect. Here is the correct link.
- PARCC testing on a Chromebook requires installing the TestNav app and running the device in kiosk mode.
- Click here for a checklist of steps for setting up and verifying your Chromebook PARCC testing environment.
- A link in the document above will take you to a page (this page) that explains how to install the TestNav app on your Chromebook.
- There is currently a restriction that requires Android version 5.0+ (lollipop) to be running for the TestNav app to be installed and used on an Android machine. First check to see if you have this software version, and see if you can update if you do not (this page will help you with that process).
- Click here for a checklist of steps for setting up and verifying your Android PARCC testing environment. The link presented in Step 2 of this checklist is broken. Here is the proper link.
- The TestNav app can be found in the Google Play store. If you are running version 5.0, your search should look like this image.
- You will have to run the TestNav app in "pinned" mode for a secure testing environment. You will be prompted to "pin" the app once you open it and sign in to test.