Connection issues and white screens during testing

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Students see a "Please raise your hand" message, white screens, or other connectivity issues during testing.

White screens during testing usually indicate an issue with student's browser communicating with the MAP Growth testing servers.


To enable the student to continue testing:

The following steps will assist proctors in getting students back into their tests when errors occur. If one step does not resolve the issue, continue to the next step.
  1. Wait for the item to load: During loading of a test question, the system is gathering necessary student and test information (such as previous RIT range, goal information, etc). Some items may take longer to load than others, and thus may appear as a blank or white screen. Waiting a few minutes may resolve this issue.
  2. Refresh the browser: Use the appropriate keyboard shortcut to attempt to reload the item.
  3. Proctor interrupt:
    1. Interrupt the student's test from the student's computer.
    2. Enter the Proctor Pin found in the upper right of the proctor's test session screen.
    3. Select Resume Test.
  4. If the student status is Testing, suspend and test again:
    1. Suspend the student's test from the proctor's computer.
    2. Close the testing browser or app.
    3. Select the student and choose Test Again from the proctor's computer.
    4. Reopen the testing browser or app, and the student should be able to sign in.
  5. If the student status is Confirmed or To Be Confirmed:
    1. Close the testing browser or app.
    2. Select the student and choose Do Not Confirm from the proctor's computer.
    3. Reopen the testing browser or app, and the student should be able to sign in.
See also

Troubleshooting frequent white screens and other possible connectivity issues:

When you experience frequent issues that are disruptive to your testing schedule, the below steps should help.
  • PC and Mac: Close the Secure Testing Browser (formerly known as Lockdown Browser) after every test session:
    Your computers may time out the secure connection if you leave the Secure Testing Browser open for extended periods of time. If you experience this issue, we suggest closing the Secure Testing Browser after every test session.
  • Verify your network configuration:
    If students frequently get white screens, slow items, or other test interruptions that are preventing successful testing, there may be something in the school or district's network interfering with or slowing down MAP traffic. Here are some things that your school or district's IT department can check:
    1. Check the firewall settings. See Firewall in the MAP Help Center.
      • NWEA strongly recommends that you configure your firewall allowlists with domains instead of IP addresses, as our IP addresses may change without notice. If you must use IP addresses, please contact NWEA Partner Support.
    2. Verify sufficient bandwidth for testing. See Bandwidth and Wireless in the MAP Help Center.
    3. Avoid using bandwidth-intensive services (like music or video streaming) while students are testing.

Other scenarios that may involve white screens:

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