2023 Digital AP Exam Day

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 Bluebook™ testing app. 

Attendance and App Check-In 

Students arrive and follow the instructions on the board, signing in to their College Board account, opening Bluebook, 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 Bluebook check-in, which should take less than 10 minutes. As they check in, students read important 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 any prohibited devices, and provide students with a start code. The start code is not the same as the room 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.  

Testing  

Students enter the start code and begin testing. Bluebook times students individually, so everyone receives the full testing time, regardless of when they enter the start code.  

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. 

  • Cross out answer choices. 

  • Use control +/- or command +/- to zoom in and out.

Watch the Introduction to Digital AP Testing video and see what it’s like to take a digital AP Exam on Bluebook.

For exams with breaks, Bluebook ends the first section when the student’s time runs out, and the break starts. When their break is over, they start the second section 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. 

Dismissal 

When each student’s time runs out, Bluebook 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 prohibited devices