Testing Devices

Students can take the exam on a school device assigned to them (1-to-1), a shared device, or a personal device.  

Update (9/23/2022): Mac testing devices now require macOS 11.4 or later and 150 MB free hard drive space for the first exam.

Operating Systems and Hardware Specifications 

Windows and Mac laptops and desktops, school-managed Chromebooks, and iPad devices with keyboards are supported if they meet technical specifications.

Windows

School-managed and personal Windows laptops and desktops are supported.

Supported operating systems are Windows 10 and 11 (Home, Pro, Education, and Enterprise). Windows 10 in S Mode is not supported.

Minimum hardware specifications:

  • 1 GHz processor

  • 2 GB RAM

  • 250 MB free hard drive space for 1 exam (plus 50 MB for each additional exam) 

Mac

School-managed and personal Mac laptops and desktops are supported. 

Supported operating systems are macOS 11.4+.

Minimum hardware specifications:

  • 1 GHz processor 

  • 2 GB RAM

  • 150 MB free hard drive space for 1 exam (plus 50 MB for each additional exam)

Note: Intel and Apple processors are supported.

Chromebooks

School-managed Chromebooks from 2017 or later are supported. They must be run in kiosk mode, configured through your school’s Google Admin console, and part of an Enterprise or Education license. Students can’t test on personal Chromebooks.

Supported operating systems are Chrome OS v83-98 and Chrome OS 100+. Important: Students cannot test on version 99. Upgrade from v99 to the latest version. 

Minimum hardware specifications: 150 MB of available storage for one exam (plus 50 MB for each additional exam).

iPad

School-managed and personal iPad devices are supported. Students are required to test with physical keyboards.

Supported models:

  • iPad Pro

  • iPad Air 2 or later

  • iPad (5th generation or later) 

  • iPad Mini 4 or later 

Supported operating systems are iPadOS 13.4 or later. 

Minimum hardware specifications:

  • 16 GB+ versions only

  • 150 MB of available storage for 1 exam (plus 50 MB for each additional exam)

Hardware Guidelines

Testing devices and peripherals should meet these guidelines.

Monitors and Screen Displays 

  • Minimum laptop screen size: 10 inches 

  • Minimum tablet size: 8 inches 

  • Minimum screen resolution: 1024 x 768 

  • Second monitor not permitted 

External Mice and Keyboards 

External keyboards and mice are allowed. Wired peripherals in good working order are recommended. Bluetooth mice and keyboards are allowed but should be fully charged to last the duration of the exam. 

Power

Test-taking devices must hold a charge for four hours, longer for extended time testing.

When to Install Bluebook

Wait to install the Bluebook™ testing app until early 2023 when the correct version for AP Exams will be available. We’ll let you know exactly when. 

Although Bluebook is in use for digital SAT practice tests, we’ll release at least one new version later in the school year, and it will require redeployment—students must always take exams on the latest version of Bluebook.  

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. 

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