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Technical Requirements

Standard NBME Web-Based Testing Requirements

The standard NBME web-based testing requirements outlined below apply to exams delivered over both wired and wireless networks. Examinees may take a web-based exam on either Macs or PCs. Any combination of fixed desktops, institutional laptops, or examinee personal laptops may be used for exam delivery.

Hardware
  • Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
  • Mac OS X version 10.9, 10.10, 10.11, 10.12
  • 1 GHz processor or higher
  • 17" or larger color monitor recommended (Desktops)
  • 13" or larger color monitor recommended (Laptops)
  • A minimum screen resolution of 1024x768
  • 32-bit color setting enabled
  • Turn off Windows updates or virus scanner updates to avoid interruptions during the exam.
  • Virtual machines and applications are not allowed
  • iPads/tablets are not allowed
  • Laptops with integrated touchscreens are not allowed
Browser
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 9, 10, 11
  • Safari 5.1.9. or higher
  • Google Chrome 61 or higher
  • Firefox 54 or higher
  • Do not use beta versions. Other browsers are not supported.
Browser Settings
  • JavaScript, CSS, and Cookies all enabled
  • Pop-up enabled
  • Disable toolbars, and Adware/Spyware programs to prevent slowness
Internet Bandwidth
  • Broadband (DSL, Cable or T1)
  • 256Kbps or higher per workstation