Technology Overview

AP coordinators and proctors don’t need technical knowledge to administer digital AP Exams, but your school will need the support of a school or district technology coordinator.  

AP coordinators: Work with your technology staff at your school or district. Get the conversation guide

Technology coordinators have responsibilities throughout the year. In addition to their preparation tasks, technology coordinators must be on-site during the exams.  

These responsibilities can be shared by multiple people if necessary:

  • Consult on technology and testing room considerations.

  • Winter/spring: Test the wireless coverage and range in each exam room. 

  • Winter/spring: Prepare school-managed testing devices—if your students are using them—and install the Bluebook™ testing app. Important: We’ll let you know when the correct version is available.

  • Shortly before exam day: Prepare the network for testing. 

  • Exam day: Be on-site to troubleshoot minor technical issues. 

We'll share details about technical readiness and explain how to install Bluebook in early 2023. 

Digital Testing Applications 

The digital testing applications are user-friendly and designed to keep testing smooth and secure. 

Exam Administration: Test Day Toolkit 

AP coordinators and staff use Test Day Toolkit to create room rosters, take attendance, and proctor the exam. They’ll need a College Board professional account to access it. They can use it on any device that connects to the internet—no installation required. 

Student Testing: Bluebook

Students use Bluebook to take the exam on a device that meets minimum specifications. They can use managed devices assigned to them 1-to-1, shared managed devices (from a laptop cart or in a computer lab, for example), or personal devices.  

An internet connection is required at the start and end of the exam, but students can keep testing if their connection drops momentarily. Answers are saved to the testing device and—if students are connected when the exam ends—submitted automatically. If they’re not connected when the exam ends, they can submit them later when they’re back online.

Students can usually resolve technical issues by following the instructions in error messages or restarting Bluebook. If necessary, the technology coordinator can use the tips we provide to troubleshoot minor technical issues. 

Installing Bluebook

If your students take the exam on devices managed by your school or district, you’ll need to install Bluebook for them or make sure they can download it themselves.  

When to Install 

We'll let you know when the correct version for 2023 AP Exams is available.

During the school year, we will release at least one new version of Bluebook that doesn’t auto-update and requires redeployment—and students need to take AP Exams on the latest version.  

Important: If you install early versions of Bluebook and don’t redeploy it later, students won’t be able to take a digital AP Exam in May. 

Testing Devices

Bluebook can be installed on these devices:  

  • Personal and school-managed Windows and Mac laptops and desktops 

  • School-managed Chromebooks 

  • Personal and school-managed iPad devices with external keyboards  

Get detailed hardware and software specifications

Network Requirements

Technology coordinators and AP coordinators should work together to choose rooms that can support the expected number of students testing digitally.

Learn about bandwidth, wireless access points, and other network requirements.

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