Bluebook™ and Test Day Toolkit work together to make digital testing possible. They’re user-friendly and designed to keep testing smooth and secure.
Bluebook is the testing app for digital AP Exams. It must be installed on student devices before exam day. Starting in April, students can access AP preview questions and try out the tools.
Test Day Toolkit is the web application AP coordinators and staff use to prepare for exam day, take attendance, read the script, and provide students with the codes they enter into Bluebook. The toolkit doesn’t need to be installed and can be used on any device that connects to the internet. Staff sign in with a College Board professional account.
Technical Readiness To-Do List
AP coordinators need to complete these tasks:
- Reach out to school or district technology staff for help.
- Recruit a technology monitor who can use our troubleshooting tips to help students with technical issues on exam day.
- Direct students to download Bluebook at bluebook.app.collegeboard.org if they’re testing on personal devices.
Ask technology staff at your school or district to complete these tasks:
- Watch a recording of the Technology Webinar.
- Help choose testing rooms with enough network speed and strength to support the expected number of students.
- Assess school-managed devices and help decide which devices students should test on.
- Install Bluebook on school-managed testing devices if your students are using them.
- Make sure testing devices have the latest version of Bluebook on exam day.
- Make sure all necessary content filters, firewalls, and proxy servers are open on exam day.
Bluebook can be installed on these devices:
- Personal and school-managed Windows and Mac laptops and desktops
- School-managed Chromebooks
- Personal and school-managed iPads with external keyboards
Managed devices can be assigned to students 1-to-1 or shared (from a laptop cart or in a computer lab, for example).
For Bluebook device specifications and installation instructions, go to Device Readiness.
Students need an internet connection at the start and end of the exam, but they can keep testing if their connection drops momentarily.
Keep in mind:
- Assigning too many students to a room can delay testing and prevent answer submission. It is critical to check your room selections with technology staff.
- Depending on school or district policy, students and testing staff may need to access your network using personal devices.
- Answers are saved to the testing device and submitted automatically if students are connected when the exam ends.
- If students are not connected when the exam ends, schools must ensure that they can get back online and submit their answers as soon as possible, and no later than 5 days after the exam.
For minimum bandwidth recommendations, network requirements, and readiness guidance, go to Networks.
Bluebook Test Administration
Learn how to set up Test Day Toolkit and make sure your network and devices are ready for exam day.
IT staff can get technical specifications and install the student testing app on school-managed devices.
AP Coordinator Planning Guide
Use this guide to plan for administering digital AP Exams.
AP Technical Troubleshooting Guide
Technology monitors use this guide to troubleshoot issues on exam day.