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Electronic exams for IT managers

As the IT manager, you will play an integral role in ensuring your school is technically ready to deliver electronic examinations. Your involvement commences now with your expert assessment of how your school meets the technical requirements to deliver electronic examinations.

Your involvement will continue during the year in preparation for the final exam. You and your school’s SACE coordinator will be offered training to help you determine your individual and collective preparation for exam day. Schools that participated in training last year found it very beneficial. 

The SACE Board will partner with you during the lead-up to the exam period and will provide you with relevant training and information to support you.

Final Preparations

In the lead up to the final examinations in November it is recommended that IT managers avoid any updates or enhancements that may impact IT system performance on exam day. 

IT managers are encouraged to check that the SACE Exam Browser is installed on the devices that students will use to complete their examination. 

Contact askSACE on +61 8 8115 4712 or askSACE@sa.gov.au for support.

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SACE Exam Browser

Students will use a locked SACE Exam Browser that will prevent access to the internet or other computer resources. 

The 2019 SACE Exam Browser installation package is provided below.

IT managers should ensure the SACE Exam Browser is installed on the devices that students will use to complete their examination. Students, when advised by their school, can also use the installation instructions to install the SACE Examination Browser on the device they will use to complete their exam. 

Students who are unsure if they are required to install the SACE Exam Browser should check with their SACE coordinator and/or IT manager.

Installation Instruction Sheet [PDF 423KB]

Trouble Shooting Guide for Schools [PDF 697KB]

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School bandwidth load testing

The school bandwidth load test will ensure the school IT network can support the SACE electronic examinations. It should take no longer than 15 minutes.

Our experience in 2018 showed that schools who completed the testing were better prepared for electronic examinations.

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Minimum technical requirements

Student devices for electronic examinations are expected to meet the following minimum technical requirements:

Device type laptop, desktop
Device operating system Windows (7, 8.1, 10), Mac OS (X, 10.9+)
Device memory 2GB minimum
Device hard drive 2GB minimum free space
Screen recommended minimum resolution 1366 x 768 pixels
recommended minimum size 13 Inch
Keyboard wired, wireless
Pointing device mouse, trackpad
Connectivity able to connect to the internet via wired or wireless connection
Power 3 hours of available power, either connected power in the exam room or battery power to power the device for a minimum of 3 hours
Administrator access able to install third party software on the device

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Bring your own device (BYOD) advice

Some schools are moving towards a BYOD policy that allows students to use their own computer at school. The use of a BYOD laptop for an electronic examination creates a number of issues that will need to be managed by the school to ensure the electronic examinations run smoothly.

BYOD can be used when:

  • the device meets the minimum technical requirements
  • the device is compatible with the SACE Exam Browser for Windows or the SACE Exam Browser for Mac, and the browser has been successfully installed and validated on each BYOD prior to the trial examination
  • the device has been configured for school network access
  • the device is fully charged prior to undertaking an electronic examination
  • sufficient network access points are available within the school to support BYOD devices operating during the examination session.

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