Allowlisting URLs for Online Testing

Testing sites provide test items as well as support services such as dictionaries and thesauruses.

If the school’s filtering system has both internal and external filtering, the URLs for the testing websites must be allowlisted in both filters. Ensure the filtering system is not configured to perform packet inspection on traffic to CAI servers. Please refer to the filtering system’s documentation for specific instructions. Be sure to allowlist URLs in any multilayer filtering system (such as local and global layers). Ensure all items that handle traffic to *.tds.cambiumast.com and *.tds.airast.org have the entire certificate chain and are using the latest TLS 1.2 protocol.

URLs for Testing Websites

This subtopic lists the domain names for CAASPP and ELPAC online testing and nontesting applications. Ensure the testing devices have access to a DNS server that can resolve those names.

Test Administrator, Test Examiner, and Student Testing Websites

Testing servers and satellites may be added or modified during the school year to ensure an optimal testing experience. As a result, a user is strongly encouraged to allowlist at the root level. This requires using a wildcard; additionally, wildcards are encouraged, as servers may be added or removed from the field without notice.

For the 2021–22 test administration, users should add both CAI and American Institutes for Research URLs listed in this table to the LEA allowlist.

URLs for testing websites are listed in table 1.

Table 1. URLs for Testing Websites

Systems URLs
  • Test administrator, test examiner, and student testing websites
  • Assessment viewing application

*.cambiumast.com

*.tds.cambiumast.com

*.cambiumassessment.com

*.cloud1.tds.cambiumast.com

*.cloud2.tds.cambiumast.com

*.cambiumtds.com

*.airast.org (through December 2021)

*.tds.airast.org

*.cloud1.tds.airast.org

*.cloud2.tds.airast.org

Online Dictionary and Thesaurus

Some online assessments contain an embedded dictionary and thesaurus provided by Merriam-Webster. The Merriam-Webster IP addresses listed in table 2 also should be allowlisted to ensure that students can use them during testing.

Table 2. URLs for Online Dictionary and Thesaurus

Domain Name IP Address
media.merriam-webster.com 64.124.231.250
www.dictionaryapi.com 64.124.231.250

URLs for Nontesting Websites

Table 3 lists URLs for nontesting sites, such as TOMS, TIDE, CERS, and Learning Point Navigator. LEAs are encouraged to add these URLs to local allowlists.

Table 3. URLs for Nontesting Websites

Destination URL
Alchemer (This domain, formerly SurveyGizmo, hosts CAASPP and ELPAC forms and surveys.)

https://www.alchemer.com/

http://www.sgizmo.com

http://www.surveygizmo.com

http://www.surveygizmo.eu

CAASPP website https://www.caaspp.org/
CERS https://login.smarterbalanced.org/sso/saml2/0oa14zrzacExSAFK5357?fromURI=https://login.smarterbalanced.org/home/smarterbalancedassessmentconsortium_cersproduction_1/0oa17s5opaczfbT05357/aln17sbcwtNiV39Uq357
Completion Status https://ca.tide.cambiumast.com
DEI https://ca.tds.cambiumast.com/student/?a=ResponseEntry
ELPAC Teacher Hand Scoring System https://ca-elpac.tss.cambiumast.com
ELPAC website https://www.elpac.org/
Interim Assessment Hand Scoring System https://ca.tss.cambiumast.com
Interim Assessment Viewing System https://capt.tds.cambiumast.com/student/?a=ResponseEntry
Practice and Training Test Site https://capt.tds.cambiumast.com/student
Secure browser installation files https://ca.portal.cambiumast.com/
Test Administrator Interface https://ca.tds.cambiumast.com/testadmin
TOMS https://mytoms.ets.org/
Tools for Teachers https://smartertoolsforteachers.org/