Adobe Connect information session
A link to the recording of the Adobe Connect information sessions for schools (staff only) is now available (recorded Week 6, Term 3 2019).
The Best Start Year 7 - Information for schools fact sheet (PDF 101KB) (staff only) outlines the Best Start Year 7 Assessment and answers frequently asked questions.
The Best Start Year 7 Coordinator Handbook (PDF 527KB) (staff only) is designed to help school coordinator's manage the assessment within schools.
Assessment supervisor handbook
The Best Start Year 7 Assessment Supervisor Handbook (PDF 556KB) (staff only) is designed to help assessment supervisors manage test sessions within schools.
Checklist for school administrative staff
The Administration checklist (PDF 121KB) (staff only) is designed to help school administrative staff prepare student enrolment data in ERN for the Best Start Year 7 assessment.
Information for parents and carers
- Best Start Year 7 Information for parents and carers - customisable (docx 21KB) (staff only)
- Best Start Year 7 Assessment - translated letters to parents and carers
'Silence is golden' poster
This A3 poster (PDF 952.32KB) can be printed and displayed around the school to remind students and staff to minimise internet usage during the testing window.
The general specifications required to administer the Best Start Year 7 assessments are as follows:
Description (Minimum Requirements)
|Monitor|| Resolution of 1024 x 768
9 inch (diagonal measurement)
|Audio||Headphones, earphones or earbuds|
(sound card required)
|Pointing device||Mouse, trackpad, touchpad or touch screen|
|Operating system||Mac OS X|
|MS Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 10|
|Chrome OS 38+|
|Supported web browsers||Google Chrome 28+|
| Internet Explorer 9+
(earlier versions of Internet Explorer are not compatible)
|Diagnostics Test Page||To assess device compatibility, log into https://valid.nsw.edu.au/pages/diagnostics|
Standard web proxy servers are supported. The following ports need to be open through the proxy.
Port 443 and Port 80
*.core.windows.net (on azure as storage related endpoints - this is used for hosting static content such as images/html/js files)
*.azureedge.net (on the CDN as storage related endpoints - this is used for hosting static content such as images/html/js files)
Any specific DNS address that has been configured for the client to use for test delivery including:
|Bandwidth|| 512 KB bandwidth for up to 20 users
2 MB bandwidth for up 100 users
Note: During online tests, other internet traffic should be minimised
Note: No locked down browser is required to administer the Best Start Year 7 assessments.