Technical Requirements for Digital AP Exams

To take 2021 digital AP Exams, you must have an approved device that meets the technical requirements for these exams. If you have questions, contact your AP coordinator or any technology staff who will be helping prepare students for digital AP Exams at your school or district.

Testing Devices

You can test on a laptop or desktop computer (Mac, Windows, or school-managed Chromebooks). After you complete exam setup on your computer, 1–3 days before the exam, you can’t share your computer with another student.

  • Windows and Mac: Computers can be personal or school managed.
  • Chromebooks: Only school-managed Chromebooks can be used for testing; you can’t use a personal Chromebook. 

Operating Systems

The table below shows the supported operating systems and minimum specifications for each type of testing computer.

OS VERSIONS AND MINIMUM SPECS

Operating System Versions Minimum Specifications

Windows

  • 8, 8.1 and 10

Windows

  • 1 GHz processor

  • 2 GB RAM (64-bit)

  • 1 GB RAM (32-bit)

  • 250 MB Free Hard Drive Space for one exam (plus 100 MB for each subsequent exam)

Note: Windows 7 and Windows 10 in S Mode are not supported.

 

Mac OS X/macOS

  • 10.11-10.15; 11.0+

Mac

  • 1 GHz processor

  • 2 GB RAM (64-bit)

  • 1 GB RAM (32-bit)

  • 400 MB Free Hard Drive Space for one exam (plus 100 MB for each subsequent exam)

Note: Intel and Apple M1 processors are supported.

Chrome OS v83+

  • The digital testing application runs in kiosk mode on school-managed Chromebooks.
  • To launch these devices in kiosk mode, they must be configured to be managed through the school's Google Admin Console and be part of an Enterprise or Education license.

School-Managed Chromebooks

  • 100 MB of storage for one exam (plus 100 MB for each subsequent exam)

Hardware Guidelines

Your devices must meet the minimum hardware requirements and align with the following guidelines.

  • Monitors and Screen Displays: Screen dimensions must be 10 inches or larger and the minimum screen resolution should be 1024 x 768.
  • External Mice and Keyboards: External keyboards and mice are allowed. It is recommended they be wired peripherals and be in good working order. Bluetooth mice and keyboards are allowed but should be fully charged to last the duration of the exam.
  • Battery and Power: Your testing computer must be fully charged to last through the full-length exams and be able to be plugged in during the exam, if needed.

Internet Access

You need a reliable internet connection to test. But the digital testing application will keep running, even if your connection drops momentarily.

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