System requirements

This topic provides the minimum system requirements for using MySciLEARN.

In this topic:

Basic client requirements

All MySciLEARN clients must meet the minimum specifications for the operating system and must have enough available resources to successfully run the browser. Browsers are only supported on compatible operating systems.

Android devices are not supported at this time.





Windows 7/10

Mac OS X 10.11 or later

Chrome OS™ (no touchscreen)

iOS 11.3 or later on iPad 5/iPad Air/Air 2

iOS 6 or later on iPad 2/iPad Air/Air 2 for Flash-based programs


Chrome latest version

Firefox latest version

Microsoft Edge latest version

Safari latest version

Safari (the Flash-based programs are accessed through iPad apps, which do not use a web browser)

Network (see also Internet bandwidth requirements)

Internet access over 10Mb Ethernet or 802.11g/n wireless connection

Internet access over Wi-Fi or fast cellular data networks (up to LTE)

Other software

The Flash-based programs require Adobe Flash Player 10.3+



High-quality stereo headphones and a Y adapter for Fast ForWord – view list

Approved microphone headset & USB adapter for Reading Assistant Plus – view list

Internet bandwidth requirements


Bandwidth per concurrent student session

Total data used per student session

DSL or faster broadband Internet connection

HTML5-based programs

3 Mbps, max 250 ms latency

70MB to 161MB total data/session (FFW)

500KB to 1MB total data/session (RA Plus)

3 Mbps/1.5 Mbps
download/upload speed

Flash-based programs

128 Kbps, max 250 ms latency

500KB to 1MB total data/session (iPad)

1MB to 6MB total data/session (all other devices)

1.5 Mbps/0.5 Mbps
download/upload speed

The Scientific Learning programs vary in the amount of data transmitted and received based on multiple factors, such as the current exercise or reading selection, the protocol or schedule, and the current status in the program. Also, bandwidth requirements vary during an individual session, with larger data transfers occurring during the first few minutes of a session, and in the case of Reading Assistant Plus, after a recording session.

Tip: At schools and districts, a good way to improve network bandwidth usage is to use content acceleration. Content acceleration helps reduce WAN traffic and increase performance by providing content at a local level. On average, a content acceleration server at the district or school level will allow 3 to 7 times more concurrent users where available bandwidth is a limiting factor. For more information see Content acceleration.

Content acceleration server requirements

Content acceleration servers provide local access to the program content.

Content server computer

OS (Memory)

Windows 10 (2GB)

Windows Server 2008 / 2012 / 2016 (4GB)


2GHz Dual Core Pentium or equivalent


100Mb Ethernet

Hard disk

10GB free disk space

Other software

Apache HTTP Server (httpd) 2.4

SSL certificate

Fast ForWord headphones requirements

Customers can receive a discount on Andrea headsets and adapters when purchased directly from Andrea Communications.

  • Stereo output. Use stereo headphones only. Do not be misled by monaural headphones with two earpieces; the sound may come out of only one side.
  • Ear cups that completely cover the ear. Circumaural headphones (over the ear) are preferred to supra-aural headphones (on the ear) or intra-aural (ear buds) because they provide greater reduction of background noise as well as superior comfort.
  • Built-in volume control. Direct access to volume settings keeps the focus on the program exercises rather than device management.
  • Padded headband. Prevent the distraction of an uncomfortable headset by choosing one with a padded headband.
  • Wired connectivity. Do not use wireless headphones, as the connection can be unreliable. Choose headphones with a cable that connects directly to the computer.
  • Avoid noise canceling technology. Headphones with active noise canceling technology can distort speech stimuli, even when the noise canceling feature is turned off.

Tip: If you plan to use Reading Assistant Plus with the Fast ForWord programs, see our list of headsets that will work with both. To listen in with your students, choose headsets without an integrated USB connector.

Listening in with Fast ForWord students

Andrea Communications provides some simple solutions for letting coaches listen in with students as they use the program.

  • One high quality stereo Y-adapter for each computer
  • One extra set of headphones for each room

Using Y-adapters with Reading Assistant Plus headsets

  • Because Y-adapters are manufactured with a standard 3.5mm cable connection, headsets with an integrated USB connector cannot connect to them and are therefore not recommended if you plan to listen in with your students.
  • Headsets that use an external USB adapter will work fine—just connect the Y-adapter to the USB adapter’s headphone jack.

Reading Assistant Plus headset requirements

Scientific Learning customers may be able to receive a discount on Andrea headsets and adapters, if purchased directly from Andrea Communications.

Reading Assistant Plus approved headsets (computer/Chromebook)


USB adapter required


Easy to clean

Works with FFW

Price range

Andrea EDU-455 USB




Logitech H390 (ClearChat Comfort USB)






Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000






Andrea EDU-455



Califone 3066AV (not USB)


Cyber Acoustic AC-960



(* Headset has an integrated USB connector, which is not compatible with Y-adapters for listening in on Fast ForWord)

Use these approved USB adapters with approved computer or Chromebook headsets:

  • Andrea EDU-USB – $11
  • Parts Express USB Sound Adapter – $15-$20
  • StarTech ICUSBAUDIO or ICUSBAUDIOB – $10-$20
  • SYBA SD-CM-UAUD or SD-AUD-20066 – $5-$10
Reading Assistant Plus approved headsets (iPad)

iPad (requires single headset plug)

Plug type

plug adapter required


Easy to clean

Works with FFW

Price range

Andrea EDU-455M




Califone 3066AVT




Cyber Acoustics AC-204


Includes a dual plug adapter





Andrea EDU-455



Califone 3066AV



Cyber Acoustics AC-201






Cyber Acoustics AC-960




  • To use an approved dual plug headset on iPad, combine with any dual-to-single plug adapter. You can purchase the C-100 adapter from Andrea Communications, or search online for one. “3.5mm 4-pin to 2x3-pin headset splitter adapter”
  • To use a single plug headset on a computer/Chromebook, combine with a single-to-dual plug adapter and a USB audio adapter. You can purchase the C-200 adapter from Andrea Communications, or search online for one.

Troubleshooting browser display issues

Try following these tips to troubleshoot any browser display issues. If you have any questions or concerns, or if you need further assistance, contact Scientific Learning Customer Support.