Technical Readiness

Work with technology staff at your school or facility to get ready for the digital readiness check and for test day, but first, learn how the digital testing system works.

Digital Testing System

Bluebook™ and Test Day Toolkit work together to make digital testing possible. Students use Bluebook to take PSAT-related exams.

Coordinators and staff use Test Day Toolkit to administer tests. They can use any device that connects to the internet, their own or one provided by the test center. They access Test Day Toolkit with a College Board professional account.


An internet connection is required at the start and end of the test, but students can keep testing if their connection drops momentarily. Depending on school or district policy, students and testing staff may need to access your network using personal devices.

To avoid delays on test day, check your room selections with technology staff. Assigning too many students to a room can delay testing and prevent answer submission.


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 and Windows tablets

Managed devices can be assigned to students 1-to-1 or shared (from a laptop cart or in a computer lab, for example).

Technical Readiness To-Do List

Test coordinators need to complete these tasks:

  • Reach out to school or facility technology staff for help.
  • Recruit an on-site technology monitor who can use our troubleshooting tips to help students with technical issues on test day.
  • Reserve a help room where technology monitors can troubleshoot issues without disturbing other students. A help room is just an extra room, near the testing rooms, with good access to electrical outlets.
  • Make sure your technology monitor completes training and reads the Technical Troubleshooting Guide before test day.

Ask technology staff at your school or facility to complete these tasks:

  • Help you choose testing rooms with enough network speed and strength to support the expected number of students.
  • Provide your technology monitor with information about your test center's network and tips they can use on test day.
  • 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.
  • Make sure all necessary content filters, firewalls, and proxy servers are open on test day.

Go to the Bluebook Readiness Checklist and connect technology staff to the detailed specifications and guidance they need.