NEWL™ Test Center Requirements

Test Center Requirements


Each school must coordinate with a valid testing center to administer the exam. If your school does not meet these requirements, it is the school’s responsibility to find a valid test center.

For parents applying on behalf of their child for independent assessment, it is the parents’ responsibility to find a valid test center. We recommend that parents check with the examinee’s school first, whether they have the capabilities and personnel required (computer lab, proctors, and technicians) to administer the exam. We will help facilitate this communication wherever possible, but we make no guarantees.


Personnel Requirements

In order to effectively set up and administer the online assessment, we require that each test center provide a proctor and lab technician. American Councils staff follows up with every test center to ensure that they are properly equipped to successfully administer our exam and for that reason these indivuduals must be fluent in English. 

PROCTOR

A proctor is a person who logs in and monitors the examinees during an examination. To the extent possible, this person should not have knowledge of the targeted language, nor have any stake in the examinees’ results (e.g., the examinees’ teacher or program coordinator). Proctors will receive their instructions directly from American Councils using the email address provided.

LAB TECHNICIAN

A lab technician is generally a computer lab administrator or assistant. This person is responsible for setting up the lab before an exam is administered. They will be coordinating with American Councils staff in order set up workstations and perform quality assurance tests for each workstation. Lab techs will also receive instructions directly from American Councils using the email address provided.

 The number of these admin personnel will depend on the number of examinees and testing rooms. 


Network Requirements

American Councils has partnered with Language Testing International (LTI) for the administration of the writing and speaking sections. These sections are more demanding than the reading and listening sections, as they use video to guide the students through these sections, and therefore we default to AAPPL's guidelines for network minimum requirements.

The main requirement for these sections is 1,000 kilobits per second, per student

You can easily check your bandwidth by going to: www.speedtest.net

More information about AAPPL's requirements can be viewed by following this link: http://aappl.actfltesting.org/AAPPLSystemCheck/index.htm


Computer Requirements

The following requirements must be met for each machine to administer the exam:
Hardware (Macintosh or PC)

  • Mac or Windows workstations (laptops are not recommended and student-owned laptops are prohibited)
  • 2GB+ RAM
  • A working sound card
  • A good set of headphones (one set per computer—students may use their own, but it is not recommended)
  • A good microphone (will record clear audio without interference)

Software

  • Windows 7+ OR Mac OS 10 (any version)
  • A Web Browser (Chrome (recommended), Firefox, Safari, or Internet Explorer)
  • Flash plugin (version 11+)

NOTE: Browsers will need to be set to accept cookies and allow popups from exams.americancouncils.org

At least one week prior to your exam, you will need to certify as many workstations in your lab as the number of students tested (with a few extras in case of emergency). We recommend that, for every five students, you have one extra machine set up. (Please see table below)

Extra Machine Setup

Easy math: # of students x 1.20