Computer Requirements

Students must have a portable computer with wireless network capability. The computer will be used to access web-based curriculum resources, generate documents and presentations, and take exams. The computer must be able to run Microsoft Office and Adobe Reader.

There are four acceptable options: Windows-based laptop, Microsoft Surface Pro, Macintosh-based laptop, Apple iPad.

Android-based tablets are not an acceptable option to take exams.

Windows-Based Laptop Requirements

  • Operating system: 32-bit or 64-bit Versions of Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8
  • Only genuine, U.S.-English, French, Portuguese, Swedish, and British versions of Windows operating systems are supported.
  • CPU processor: 1.86Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo or greater
  • RAM: 2GB minimum
  • Hard drive: Minimum of 10GB of available space
  • Wireless network card
  • Screen resolution must be 1024 x 768 or higher
  • Administrator level account permissions

Surface Pro Requirements

  • Hardware: Surface Pro 1, 2 or 3 (Surface RT tablets are not supported)
  • External keyboard (USB or Bluetooth) required. Bluetooth keyboards must be paired prior to launching exam.
  • Hard drive: Minimum of 10GB available space
  • Wireless network card
  • Screen resolution must be 1920 x 1080
  • Administrator level account permissions

Mac Laptop Requirements

  • Operating system: OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), OS X 10.7 (Lion), OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion), 10.9 (Mavericks) or 10.10 (Yosemite)
  • Only genuine versions of Mac Operating Systems are supported.
  • CPU: Intel processor
  • RAM: 2GB minimum
  • Hard drive: Minimum of 10GB of available space
  • Server version of Mac OS X is not supported
  • Wireless network card
  • Administrator level account permissions

iPad Requirements

  • Hardware: iPad 2, 3, 4, 5 or iPad Mini
  • Operating system: iOS 6, iOS 7 or iOS 8. Only genuine versions of iOS are supported.
  • 500MB of free space
  • iPad must not be jailbroken
  • Wireless network card

Established by the University of Alabama School of Medicine Medical Education Information Services, May 15, 1999. Updated on 04/30/2015