Students can use Bluebook™ on school-managed Chromebooks that meet device requirements.
Keeping Bluebook Up to Date
Testing requires the latest version of Bluebook. If deployed properly, Bluebook performs routine updates when students launch it but releases occasionally require a new deployment. If Bluebook cannot auto-update, a message displays that reinstallation is needed before students can test.
Find out if you need to update Bluebook.
Bluebook runs in kiosk mode, so it’s available only on Chromebooks managed through the Admin console in Google Workspace.
To configure the app, you’ll use the Admin console to add an application URL and then an extension. When you’re finished, the app will appear on school-managed Chromebooks in the Apps toolbar on the login screen.
Before You Start
Check device requirements to make sure your Chromebooks can support testing on Bluebook.
Part 1: Open Apps and Extensions in Your Admin Console
- Use your administrator account to sign in to your Admin console at admin.google.com.
- Open the Devices menu and go to Chrome devices > Apps & extensions > Kiosks.
Tip: If you’re using shared devices, you can free up space and memory by clearing user profiles that you no longer need.
Part 2: Uninstall Old Testing Apps
Skip this step if Bluebook, the CB Digital Exams app, and the 2021 Digital AP Exams app were never installed.
- Select the appropriate organizational unit.
- If an old version of Bluebook, the CB Digital Exams app, or the 2021 Digital AP Exams app is listed, click it and then click the trashcan icon.
Note: If your students took a digital AP Exam or a digital SAT last year and you do not uninstall the old app, they’ll see “CB Digital Exams” in addition to “Bluebook.”
Part 3: Add Application URL
- Select the lowest-level organizational unit that includes all testing devices. If you choose a higher level, the app will appear on other devices as well.
- Hover over the Plus icon and click the Add by URL icon.
- Enter the application URL into the Add by URL window.
Application URL: https://bluebook-chromebook.app.collegeboard.org
- Click Save.
Part 4: Add Extension
- Click Bluebook in the Apps list to view its kiosk settings.
- Scroll down and click ADD EXTENSION > Add from a custom URL.
- In the window that opens, select From a custom URL in the drop-down menu.
- Add the extension ID and URL.
Extension ID: joaneffahikmmipmidpkeedopejmhbbm
Extension URL: https://bluebook.app.collegeboard.org/downloads/chromebook-extension/update.xml
- Click CONFIRM.
- Click SAVE in the upper right corner of the screen.
Note: Don't forget to click SAVE after you click CONFIRM.
Part 5: Protect Student Test Data
Critical: If these steps are not completed correctly, student answers will be deleted.
- Go to Devices > Chrome > Settings.
- Click the Device Settings tab.
- Select the organizational unit that includes all testing devices loaded with Bluebook.
- Scroll to Sign-in settings > User data.
- Select Do not erase local user data.
Part 6: Validate Configuration
- Open one of the Chromebooks you just deployed Bluebook to.
- In the lower left of the screen, select Apps > Bluebook.
- Sign in with your College Board account.
- Select the Restart Your Device button.
- Open Bluebook and sign in again.
- If you can access the Bluebook homepage without seeing the restart button again, you’ve correctly installed the latest version of Bluebook.
Note: Managed Chromebooks won’t block forced updates—you don’t need to enable them.
- If you see the Restart Your Device button again, you’ve installed Bluebook without protecting student test data. Return to your Google Admin console and complete the steps in Part 5.
- If you open Bluebook and you’re told to install a new version, you’ve opened a deprecated version. Return to your Google Admin console and complete the steps in Part 2 above to uninstall it.
Now that you’ve configured Bluebook, students can launch it on their school-managed Chromebooks. They will:
- Power on the device, but not log in.
- In the lower left of the screen, they’ll select Apps > Bluebook.
- They should then see the Bluebook login screen.
What if a student tries to open Bluebook on a Chromebook but it won’t load?
If a student tries to open Bluebook on a Chromebook and can’t get past a message that the application is loading, it might not be fully installed. Go to Chromebook Installation and make sure you completed all steps in Part 4 to add the extension ID and URL.