Accessing Bluebook Features and Content

Keyboard Shortcuts 

Students testing with certain types of assistive technology may find it helpful to use keyboard shortcuts to navigate within the digital exam. Open the More menu in Bluebook to see keyboard shortcuts listed for your operating system. No separate configuration is needed to use keyboard shortcuts. 


The annotation tool in Bluebook contains features to enable students with disabilities to use screen reader software and/or a keyboard only to highlight text from a question or leave themselves a note. This guide provides detailed steps for using the annotation tool on all operating systems.  

Reduced Motion and Animation Features   

Bluebook has minimal occurrences of animations and does not rely on animation to convey essential information such as instructions or exam content.   

Bluebook ensures that operating system settings to reduce or ignore motion are honored. This setting is helpful for users that have vestibular disorders.   

Here’s how you can reduce and ignore the decorative animations for the following operating systems:  

  • Windows 10: Within the Ease of Access  > Display settings, toggle (turn off) the Show animations. 

  • Windows 11: Within Accessibility > Visual Effects settings, toggle (turn off) Animation effects.

  • macOS: Within the Accessibility Display settings, enable the Reduce Motion toggle button. 

  • iPadOS: Within the Accessibility Motion settings, enable the Reduce Motion toggle button. 

Note: It is currently not observed that Chromebook operating systems support users’ ability to reduce or ignore animation for managed kiosk application. 

Other System Features 

System features that assist with interacting with the Bluebook application, such as mouse and trackpad navigation, color, or display settings, do not require College Board approval and can be configured on the device before the start of the exam. Students should open Bluebook on the type of device they’ll test with and try a test preview or full-length practice test to see how the features will work on test day.