:: Using Online Audio

Online Audio

NOTE: Please note that there have been significant changes to Online Audio.

What is Online Audio?

Online Audio enables a testing center to administer the Listening and Speaking portions of an exam via the Internet. This eliminates the need for cassette players/recorders, CD players, CD burners, tapes, and CDs.

The student logs on to a special website, enters a username and password provided by the K-16 Testing Center, and then does the listening and speaking online. The student listens to MP3 files, and records the Speaking portion of the exam with an Adobe Flash Web Recorder. Our Scoring Center retrieves the recordings directly from that site, so there are no tapes or CDs to mail.

To use Online Audio, a student needs a quiet place with a computer, access to the Internet, and a headset with a microphone.

Computer Specifications for Online Audio

(functional configurations may vary from those below)

  • Online Audio works on most modern PCs and Macs. For all computers, a recent Flash plug-in must be installed in order to use Online Audio.
  • PC minimum specifications: Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7 operating system.
  • Mac minimum specifications: OS 10.5 or newer.
  • The headset must include a microphone that can be placed next to the mouth. A “noise canceling” headset is best to keep out background noise.
  • This website is optimized for Firefox, Safari, or Internet Explorer 8 or greater. Google Chrome is not compatible with Online Audio.

Important: Before administering a test with Online Audio, someone must check the configuration of individual computers at your testing center. See “How to Test Your Configuration for Online Audio” below.

How to Test Your Configuration for Online Audio

You can test whether individual computers are ready for Online Audio by going to our Online Audio Configuration Tester.

Log in as a test user with the following Username and Password, being certain to type them precisely as they are below:

Username: audiotest
Password: test4Me*

Once you have logged in, click on Audio Test underneath “My courses.” Follow the directions on the test page. If your configuration doesn’t work, please refer to the Troubleshooting Tips section of the Proctor Manual or the Online Audio supplement, which are available from the DOWNLOAD FORMS page of our website.

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