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Find out what proctors and students experience in the exam room.

On exam day, the proctor starts by signing in to their College Board account and accessing Test Day Toolkit.

Room Readiness

The toolkit prompts the proctor to check their room setup, distribute scratch paper, and write instructions and a room code on the board. These instructions tell students how to start checking in to the testing app.

Attendance and App Check-In

Students arrive and follow the instructions on the board, signing in to their College Board account and entering the room code.

After students enter the room code, the proctor marks them present in Test Day Toolkit. This allows the student to complete app check-in, which should take less than 10 minutes. As they check in, students read critical information about exam security, timing, and other topics.

Starting the Exam

The proctor monitors student progress in Test Day Toolkit. When they see that students have completed check-in, they read a short script, check desks and collect unauthorized devices, and provide students with a start code.

Students need an internet connection at the start and end of the exam, but they can keep testing if the connection drops momentarily. Their answers are saved throughout the exam.


Students enter the start code and begin testing. The testing app times students individually, so no one loses testing time if they start a bit late.

During the exam, students can:

  • Skip questions within a section or part or mark them for review and return to them later.
  • View or hide a count-down clock.
  • Annotate questions and passages.
  • Use control +/- or command +/- to zoom in and out.

The app ends the first section when the student’s time runs out and their break starts. When their break is over, they start the second section by clicking a button. In the first section of the AP World History: Modern Exam, the app will give students a brief pause between the end of Part A and the beginning of Part B. When the pause is over, they start the next part by clicking a button.

The proctor uses Test Day Toolkit to monitor student progress but should spend most of their time observing the room, not looking at their own screen.

During the exam the proctor also completes or confirms a paper seating chart .


When each student’s time runs out, the app ends the exam, submitting answers automatically if there’s an internet connection. If there’s no internet connection, answers are saved on the testing device. They must be submitted within five days.

When all student exams have finished, the proctor completes these steps before dismissing them:

  • Checking students’ testing status to make sure their answers were submitted
  • Collecting scratch paper
  • Returning any unauthorized devices