Technical requirements


ACARA understands that a move to online delivery of NAPLAN will inspire questions about the technical requirements that will need to be met.

Schools that do not have one-to-one device ratios when they transition to NAPLAN Online, will have the opportunity to complete the tests in a prescribed order over a two-week period, rather than the single week allotted to completing NAPLAN paper tests. 

Technical readiness

To access technical readiness tools, visit the Online National Assessment Platform website

General requirements

Transitioning to NAPLAN online assumes that schools have suitable hardware and reliable access to the internet. The following list includes the general requirements for NAPLAN Online in 2018.


Minimum requirements


Display must measure 24.6 cm (9.5 inches) diagonally and support resolution of at least 1024 x 768 at 32,000 colours.

Headphones, earphones, earbuds

Headphones, earphones or earbuds must be available for the spelling and numeracy tests.


Physical keyboard (wired or wireless) is required for laptops and desktop computers.

Physical keyboard (wired or wireless) is required for Windows touch devices.

Physical keyboard (wired or wireless) is optional for other devices with a touch screen keyboard, such as tablets.

Note: An external keyboard is not necessary for successful interaction with online items when students are responding to tests on tablets (although external keyboards for tablets can still be used if a school preferred this approach).

Pointing device

Mouse, trackpad, touchpad or touch screen or other pointing device with which the student is familiar.


Connected to the internet with at least 100 kilobit per second download and 5 kilobit per second upload for each concurrent device in a test session.


The device must be secured so that the student does not have access to unauthorised websites, applications and spell checking features. An approved secure browser app will be provided to assist with the temporary locking down of devices for the test session.


Minimum technical specifications for devices

In NAPLAN, students will use browsers or applications that are locked to prevent access to the internet or other computer resources. These locked-down browsers will be installed by schools prior to the tests.
It is not necessary to use a locked-down browser to interact with the public demonstration tests developed to familiarise students with the type of items and related functionalities they will see on NAPLAN Online. The demonstration tests may not function as intended if your device or browser does not meet the minimum requirements (as indicated in the tables below).
A move to online testing will use a delivery platform that supports a broad range of devices. The following table shows the devices supported and hardware requirements.

Minimum requirements

Not supported

Locked-down browser

Operating system



Locked-down browser for Windows

Windows 7

1GB RAM, 1Ghz processor, 1GB hard drive space free or Windows tablet running Windows 8.1

Note: Physical keyboard (wired or wireless) and mouse (or touchpad) are required for Windows touch devices.

Windows RT,
Windows 10S, Windows CE,
Windows Terminal Services


Locked-down browser for Mac

OS X 10.9

Macintosh with 1GB RAM, 1Ghz processor, 1GB hard drive space free


Locked-down browser app for iOS

iOS 10.3.3

iPad Air
iPad Air 2
iPad (2017)
iPad Pro
iPad Pro 2nd gen

Note: Emoji and auto-capitalisation to be manually disabled

iPad Mini, Mini 2, Mini 3, Mini 4 (all models)

iPad 1 (A1219 and A1337)
iPad 2 (A1395, A1396 and A1397)
iPad 3rd gen (A1416, A1430 and A1403)
iPad 4th gen (A1458, A1459 and A1460)

Android tablet

Locked-down browser app for Android

Android 5.0

Device manufactured during 2013 or later with minimum 1GB RAM, 1Ghz processor

Note: Dictation/voice commands to be manually disabled and default keyboard without spellcheck or predictive text to be selected

Use of g-board keyboard, or other on-screen keyboard with built-in spellcheck or predictive text.


Locked-down browser app for Chromebook

Chromebook  version 32

Manufactured during 2013 or later

Note: Configured to run testing app in kiosk mode and requires enrolment in the Chromebook Management Console

Chromebooks operating outside of the Chromebook Management Console.


Students who are allocated specific DAC codes, authorised by the test administration authority, may be exempt from using a locked-down browser during the NAPLAN online assessment. In those cases, the following minimum browser requirements apply:

Browser Minimum version required

Internet Explorer browser


Microsoft Edge


Firefox browser


Safari browser


Chrome browser



Bring your own device (BYOD) best practices

Some schools are moving towards a BYOD policy that allows students to use their own computer at school. The use of a BYOD laptop or tablet for NAPLAN Online creates a number of issues around test security and privacy. These will need to be managed by schools to ensure that the online assessments run smoothly.

BYOD can be used in the NAP testing programs where the following practices are used:

  • The device is used under an appropriate BYOD policy implemented by the school.
  • The device meets the NAPLAN online technical requirements.
  • The device is compatible with one of the NAP locked-down browser applications, and this application has been successfully installed and validated on each BYOD prior to the test event.
  • The device has been configured for school network access and is able to access the NAP assessments cloud server successfully.
  • The device has virus protection software installed, where appropriate.
  • The device is fully charged prior to undertaking any NAP tests, with the school managing any unexpected unavailability or failure of a student’s BYOD device.
  • Sufficient network access points are available within the school to support the BYOD devices operating in test sessions. 

NAP locked-down browser applications on BYOD

Windows, macOS and the iPad app currently meet the minimum requirements for the NAP locked-down browser for BYOD.

The NAP locked-down browser app for Chromebooks will only operate on BYOD devices where they are enrolled in the Chromebook Management Console.



Last updated: 21 December 2017