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.  

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:

  • Fall: Consult on technology and testing room considerations before your AP coordinator orders exams.

  • 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 testing app. Important: We’ll let you know when the correct version is available

  • Shorty 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 the testing app 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

Students use a testing app 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. 

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

Installing the Student Testing App 

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

When to Install the App 

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

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

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

Testing Devices 

The app 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.