PA Technology Requirements 2024–2025

In order to be successful in the PA Program, all students are required to have a mobile computing device throughout the duration of the Program. You are able to choose and purchase a device from any manufacturer you wish that meets your learning needs, as long as it meets the minimum requirements as outlined below. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have a functioning device in all classes at all times, with no exceptions. It is highly recommended that you purchase a hardware warranty to match the length of the PA Program to cover any unforeseen hardware repair needs.

Two Technology Options:

  • Option 1: Laptop (Mac or PC)
  • Option 2: Windows dedicated tablet:A dedicated tablet is a standalone device that requires an external keyboard/touch pad/mouse and may or may not have onboard ports. Some devices have external docks/sleeves that provide the device with additional ports and battery life.

Minimum Hardware Requirements:

SpecificationsWindows (PC)Macintosh (Mac)
Processor5th Generation Intel i5/i7 or newer5th Generation Intel i5/i7 or newer or Apple M1 or M2
Memory (RAM)8 GB or more8 GB or more
Storage250 GB or more250 GB or more
Wireless802.11 b/g/n/ac802.11 b/g/n/ac
Network Adapter:Ethernet 10/100Ethernet 10/100
Operating SystemWindows 10 and 11 (64-bit)OS 10.14 minimum
Screen Resolution1024×768 or higher1024×768 or higher
Backup Storage:500 GB500 GB
Integrated WebcamYesYes

Devices That Are Not Acceptable:

  • Dedicated Tablets running Windows 7, Windows RT, Windows 10 in S mode, or Android operating system
  • Chromebook
  • iPad (as primary device)

For questions contact the IT Help Desk.


The PA Program delivers the majority of assessments through ExamSoft. ExamSoft is a secure computer-based testing platform that allows the ability to streamline the testing process and better track student performance. By using this software, we are able to better assess student progress throughout our program and evaluate the success of our curriculum in meeting program and college outcomes.

Students will take their assessments on their own devices (Windows & Mac laptops) using the Examplify software. While our recommended minimum system requirements (see table above) meet or exceed ExamSoft’s minimum requirements in some areas, you are encouraged to confirm that your device also meets the Examplify minimum requirements for Windows & Mac laptops. Please note that the version of ExamSoft being used at Butler is not compatible with iPads; a Windows or Mac laptop must be used.

Examplify Minimum Requirements for Windows and Mac

Butler Technology discounts: