Using Read&Write 11.5 with TestNav

These instructions are for using Read&Write Version 11.5 with TestNav

Currently, if Read&Write 11.5 will be used, students will need to test using the browser-based TestNav 

Instructions and files are located on the Testnav Support Site 

Installing the Firefox Browser

  1. Install 32 bit Java to work with Firefox: Setup TestNav with Firefox ESR 52

  1. Click the Download Firefox ESR 52 link below to get to the download page

Setup TestNav with Firefox ESR 52

  1. On the download page, select Download TestNav for another platform

Download TestNav for another platform

  1. Select Windows.exe

Select Windows.exe

  1. Run the Windows.exe installer from your Downloads folder to install the browser

  2. Download the Read&Write Firefox Plugin for Windows 10

  3. Open Firefox ESR 52 from the desktop icon that was created from the installation

Mozilla Firefox Desktop Shortcut Icon

  1. Uncheck the Use hardware acceleration when available setting in Firefox:

Firefox Settings Menu

  1. In Options go to Advanced

  2. In the General tab untick Use hardware acceleration when available

Use hardware acceleration when available

  1. When you run TestNav for the first time select Allow TestNav Java Applet to Run

Student Profile

  • Make sure that the student’s profile Personal Needs and Preferences  (PNP) is set up to use assistive technology so that the correct form is assigned when the login credentials are created. Please read TestNav 8 Online Support Accessibility Tools and PNP Profile for more information

  • This will flag the student for TestNav to use the AT form which will allow whitelisted third party products to interact with TestNav during the test

Using Read&Write with browser-based TestNav 

  • Read&Write must be open before you login to TestNav

  • Undock your Read&Write toolbar from the top of the screen and move it near the bottom as the toolbar covers some of the TestNav controls if it is at the top.

  • To undock the toolbar, click the anchor icon on the right end of the toolbar

    Undock the toolbar
  • While the test is loading, do not click on any other part of your screen until you are at the test start screen 

Text to Speech (Reading) 

To use text to speech (reading), these settings should be checked (on):  

Read&Write Speech Options

(1) Click the dropdown arrow to the right of the Read&Write 11.5 Play button

(2) Read by sentence: This controls what is highlighted as the text is read. It is common to highlight one sentence at a time. However, this can be changed to Read by word or Read by paragraph

(3) Automatically read next block of text: If this setting is checked, the reader will move automatically down the page. If it is off, then the student will need to move their mouse and hover over the text they want to read.  

(4) Read the web: This setting must be checked since we are using TestNav in Firefox. The reader will begin wherever the mouse is hovering. It is confusing for students if they drag their mouse across text to go to another part of the screen and the reader will start on those words they touch with the cursor. It helps to move the mouse around the margins if they want to continue reading.  


Read&Write Pause and Stop Buttons

Pause/Stop: Since the reader will read the text where the mouse is located, once the reading starts, the student can place their cursor on the Pause button and then easily start and stop reading as they need to with less confusion. Read the Web can be unticked to stop reading also. 

Word Prediction

To use Prediction:  

  • Click on the Prediction icon to open the Prediction window

Read&Write Prediction Button

  • Make sure the cursor is in a text field by clicking with the mouse inside the box  

  • The more letters that are typed, the narrower the focus of Prediction

  • The student may use the Function Keys, F1, F2, F3… to select the word that they want, or they can click on the word with the mouse

  • The word will be inserted at the point where the cursor is located. To close the Prediction window, click the Prediction icon.

Speech to Text (Dictation)

To use Read&Write Speech Input with Windows Speech Recognition:  

  • Read&Write 11.5 uses Windows Speech Recognition for dictation. You can either access it from the Speech Input icon on the Read&Write toolbar, or open it through Windows before the test is started.  See Windows Speech Recognition commands for more information. 

Read&Write Speech Input Button

  • Speech Recognition will need some preparation for use. Set up the microphone through Open Microphone Training in the menu dropdown from the Speech Input icon, and also Open Speech Recognition Training will help the program pick up the words from the student’s voice.  

Read&Write Speech Input Options

  • Windows Speech Recognition profile is created and stored on the computer based on the login name. If the students use their own credentials to login to the Windows computer, then individual profiles can be stored and used. If a generic “student test” login is used, then the training will only benefit the sessions following the training, until the next training, then the profile will be replaced with the new one.  

  • Windows Speech Recognition controls the functions of the operating system as well as typing what is spoken. For example, if you say “start” the Windows Start Menu will be opened. It is important to be aware of this as if the student tries to access the other parts of the computer, the test will close and need to be resumed. If the student speaks the control words with other words, they should be typed. For example, “When will the hockey game start?” or “The store was open at night.”  

See Windows Speech Recognition commands for more information. 

  •  When Speech Recognition is on, the listening window will appear on the screen.

Windows Speech Recognition Toolbar

  • Either click on the microphone icon or say “start listening” to begin. Click the icon or say “stop listening” to pause.  
  • Your cursor must be in the text field for the text to be typed.
  • The listening box can be moved around as necessary.

Tips and Tricks

  • Customize the toolbar with only the icons for the tools your student is allowed to use for testing. See the video for changing the toolbar icons
  • If a student is having trouble with Windows commands, say “literal ______” and then the word. For example, “literal start ” will type the word “start” instead of opening the Windows Start Menu.  If the student is having trouble with numbers, say “numeral ____” to get the software to understand it is a number. Often the number 8, is mistaken for the letter “A” so saying “numeral 8” will enter the number in the field.  

  • They can also say “spell s - t - a - r - t” and have the word typed.