Getting ready

School readiness test

The school readiness test took place between 14 August – 22 September.

Training for schools

Training to support the transition to NAPLAN Online was held in all principal networks from 27 June to 11 August. Training was delivered statewide as a one day face-to-face session for school NAPLAN co-ordinators and test administrators (two staff per school).

Face-to-face sessions

Over 3,500 Department of Education staff participated in 272 sessions during face-to-face training across NSW.


An eLearning course will be available for schools in preparation for the transition to NAPLAN Online in 2018.

Technical readiness checklist

A technical readiness checklist was sent to all principals to help schools assess their technical preparedness and physical testing space needst. The checklist ensured all schools were ready to participate in the NAPLAN Online school readiness test.

Technical requirements

ACARA has provided a description of the technical requirements for schools to deliver NAPLAN Online.

Whilst most NSW schools will have the necessary reliable internet connection to facilitate NAPLAN Online, a low bandwidth solution is currently being developed by ACARA.

Government schools can email for advice.

Locked down browser installation

The National Assessment Platform (NAP) used for NAPLAN Online is accessed using a specially developed locked down browser that is available for Windows, Macintosh, iPads and Chromebooks.

A locked down browser is a custom browser which increases the security of the exam environment. Locked down browsers:

  • Prevent students from accessing other applications, web pages, software or hardware features and only provides access to the test player
  • Prevent use of operating system commands such as functions accessed by Ctrl-Alt-Delete
  • Disable features such as the camera, spell check, screenshot, home, back and power buttons
  • Prevent execution in a virtual machine or a virtual desktop (e.g. Citrix Virtual desktops, VMware or Parallels on Mac)
  • Prevent the user from exiting without confirmation

For more information on locked down browsers, visit the NAP Technology page.

For government schools, eT4L devices have an installation package available from the Software Catalogue for schools to deploy. For other devices, schools will need to install the browser on each device.

The following are installation guides that have step-by-step instructions for each of the device types on how to install the locked down browser.

Locked down browser installation guides

a. Install the locked down browser on a department managed device (preferred)

b. Install the locked down browser on an Android device

c. Install the locked down browser on a Chromebook

d. Install the locked down browser on an iPad

e. Install the locked down browser on a Mac

f. Install the locked down browser on a Windows 7 PC

g. Install the locked down browser on a Windows 8 or 10 PC

Internet noise school poster

This poster can be used by schools to help raise awareness and manage internet noise within the school readiness test week.

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