The CLEP testing system is set up with one PC used as a proxy server, one PC used as an Admin station, and multiple PC’s used as testing stations for student use. The proxy server and the admin console may be installed on the same computer. However, this configuration limits the number of testing stations to one. The testing center in the Student Center in Marion utilizes six computers, four of which are testing stations. All the regional sites have two computers, with one used for server/admin and the second used for a testing station. Computers at each location must be hardwired onto the network and must be on the same subnet. This article describes the software and settings needed to run the CLEP ibt (internet based testing) system.
Most of the computers are set up to auto log on. The “autologon” executable file may be found in \\granite\TechApps\. You will need to run it as Administrator. The following is a list of testing sites along with the log in name that each uses:
Cleveland East: testing.clep
Columbus IN: testing.clep
Columbus OH: coec.clep
Ft. Wayne: testing.clep
Indy North: testing.clep
Indy West: testing.clep
AGS Marion: ags.clep
The testing software uses Java 1.7.0_45. No other version will work. Therefore, when setting up a new system, it is important to uninstall other versions of Java and install this specific version. Attached is the executable file that CLEP provides, named “etsbase.” This should be run after all other versions of Java have been uninstalled.
The software is designed to be used with Internet Explorer 8 or 9. I prefer to use IE9. If IE10 is installed, you will need to go to control panel/Installed Updates and uninstall IE10. What remains will be IE8. If IE 9 is desired, it will then have to be installed over IE8.
The following URL’s are used when accessing the CLEP ibt system and should be bookmarked in Internet Explorer:
Cache Proxy Launch: https://ibt1.ets.org/admin/cleplogin.jsp
iBT Admin Station Launch: https://ibt1.ets.org/admin/adm.jsp
iBT Work Station Launch: https://ibt1.ets.org/admin/wks.jsp
The Windows Power Scheme should be set to “Never.This prevents the PCs, especially the admin and server PCs, from going into sleep mode and interrupting testing sessions.
Windows Firewall should be turned off.
Java Control Panel:
This is accessible within the Windows control panel.
Click on the “Java” tab, then click on “view.” The platform should show 1.7 and the Product should show 1.7.0_45.
Click on the “Update” tab and make sure the box next to “Check for Updates Automatically” is unchecked. Sometimes to make this setting stick, it has to also be done as an Administrator. To do this, navigate to c:\Program Files\Java\jre 7\bin and right click on javacpl.exe. Click on “run as Administrator.” Go to the “Update” tab and uncheck the box.
On the “General” tab, under “Temporary Internet Files” click on “settings.” The box next to “Keep temporary files on my computer” should be checked.
If the system is having a hard time starting Java, it can sometimes help to clear the Java cache. This can be done by opening the Java Control Panel and on the General tab, clicking on “settings” then clicking on “Delete Files.” Only the top two boxes need to be checked. Once you click on “OK” it will take several minutes to clear the cache.