Network Requirements

An internet connection is required at the start and end of the exam, but students can keep testing if their connection drops momentarily. Make sure that all students and staff can access your network—even if they use personal devices.

Network Speed and Strength

We recommend at least 1 Mbps for each student taking the exam at the same time over the same network.

Testing Room Selection

Technology coordinators and AP coordinators should work together to choose rooms that can support the expected number of students testing. Keep in mind that students should be spaced 5 feet apart.

To test the wireless coverage and range in each exam room:

  1. Start with the number of access points indicated in the table below. Because environmental factors affect network performance, you may need more.  

  2. Choose a time when competing network activity approximates exam day conditions.  

  3. In the room, run a speed test at: collegeboard.speedtestcustom.com  

  4. Check for areas with weak signal strength or low bandwidth by running the speed test in multiple seating areas within the room.  

If bandwidth is low, minimize competing network activity on exam day. 

Recommended Ratios of Devices to Wireless Access Points 

Testing Device 

Ratio of Devices to
802.11g WAP 

Ratio of Devices to
802.11n WAP 

802.11g 

20 

40 

802.11n 

20 

40 

Mix of 802.11g and 802.11n 

20 

50 

Ports and Protocols

The student testing app uses the port configuration shown below. Make sure all necessary content filters, firewalls, and proxy servers are open. 

Port/Protocol 

Purpose 

443/TCP 

HTTPS (secure connection) 

Firewall Exceptions 

On exam day, use a wildcard at the root level to allow traffic to and from College Board: *.collegeboard.org