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SACE - Browser Installation


Some SACE exams are required to be completed online and senior students planning to use their BYOD laptop for one of these exams MUST install the SACE Exam Browser prior to the commencement of their exam. There will also be the option of school laptops available for the exams.

NOTE FOR MACBOOK USERS: When launching the SACE Browser for the first time, the app may freeze when clicking any button. When this happens, there is no way to quit the application besides from restarting/ shutting down the device. For a solution to this problem, see the article. (link to article)

Laptop minimum technical requirements for 2023

The SACE Exam Browser will only install and open on computers that meet certain updated versions of Windows and Mac operating systems.

To view your current version, search 'about your pc' or 'about this mac'  in the Windows or Mac search bar.
If your computer does not have the minimum version, Search 'update' to download and install an OS update/version that is supported.

As of August 2023 the minimum requirements are:

  • Windows 10 update 21H2
  • Windows 11 update 21H2
  • MacOS 11 (El Big Sur)

The full list can be found (here)

Year 12 students using BYOD for the exam will need to be familiar with opening the browser before the exam day.

All 4 steps MUST be completed.

  1. DOWNLOAD the SACE Browser onto your laptop
  2. INSTALL the downloaded program
  3. OPEN the SACE Browser, to verify that the program will work on your computer
  4. TEST using the test menu option.

If you have any problems installing the SACE Browser, please click here to log an ICT department support ticket, email ithelpdesk@tenison.catholic.edu.au or visit the ICT department.


SACE instructions:
The instructions below are a simplified version of the full SACE created instruction sheet, located (here)
Troubleshooting guide (here)


On Exam Days:

  • Students devices must be fully charged, to last the duration of the exam.
  • Students must connect their laptop to the school wifi and confirm that they can access a public website, such as google.com before starting the SACE Browser



Select the link below to choose the correct version for your computer.

SACE Exam Locked down Browser



For Windows

Once the download has completed, open it from your internet browser download tab, or from the downloads folder in your documents.


Read the License agreement, accept the terms and conditions and then press Install.


Another window will appear, click the Yes button to allow the installation to take place.


Click the Finish button.


For Mac

Once the download has completed, open the downloaded file from the task bar, or from the downloads folder.


Drag the SACE Safe Exam Browser picture into the Applications folder that appears on the pop-up window.



To stop the freezing error that can occur when opening the app, do the following: 

In System Settings, go to Privacy & Security, and click on Full Disk Access


Click on the plus symbol (circled in red) 


In Applications, select SACE Safe Exam Browser v3.2.5 and click Open 


This will now add the SACE Safe Exam Browser to the list. Ensure the slider is on


Restart your MacBook and then continue with the steps. 


3.Open the SACE Browser

Make sure that your wifi is connected and working

For Windows- Double click the icon on your desktop to start the SACE Browser.

For Mac’s- Open the applications folder, Right Click the SACE Safe Exam Browser icon and click Open.



Once you have opened the SACE Browser click the Test SACE Exam Browser button.



Tenison Woods College respectfully acknowledges the Boandik people are the First Nations people of the Mount Gambier South Eastern region of South Australia and pay respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, past, present and emerging.