Resources

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).

Fact sheet

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.

Coordinator handbook

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.

Information for 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.

Technical requirements

The general specifications required to administer the Best Start Year 7 assessments are as follows:

correct at 29 January 2019

Equipment

Description (Minimum Requirements)

Monitor Resolution of 1024 x 768
9 inch (diagonal measurement)
Audio Headphones, earphones or earbuds
Devices

(sound card required)

Laptop
Desktop PC
Chromebook
iPad
MacBook
Android tablet
Pointing device Mouse, trackpad, touchpad or touch screen
Operating system Mac OS X
MS Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 10
Chrome OS 38+
iOS 10.3.3
Android 5
Supported web browsers Google Chrome 28+
Firefox 20+
Internet Explorer 9+
(earlier versions of Internet Explorer are not compatible)
Safari 6+
Browser requirements Javascript supported
Diagnostics Test Page To assess device compatibility, log into https://valid.nsw.edu.au/pages/diagnostics
Web Proxy

Standard web proxy servers are supported. The following ports need to be open through the proxy.

Port 443 and Port 80
The following web site addresses need to be accessible through the firewall:

*.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.

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