Use test account with older extension version

We have Algolia Seach 1.7.0 installed in a Magento 1.9.3.2 store but it does not seem to allow us to use a test account on our staging site. Is there anything we can change in our configuration to make the test account work?

What is your test account? A separate account on Algolia?

It should be working fine, please report the error in details here. In general we recommend using the same account but use different prefix in the configuration.