How to Install Bluebook on Chromebooks

Bluebook runs in kiosk mode, so it’s available only on Chromebooks managed through the Admin console in Google Workspace. After you use the Admin console to install Bluebook in kiosk mode, it will appear on school-managed Chromebooks in the apps toolbar on the login screen.

Important: Unlike most other Chromebook kiosk apps, Bluebook requires an extension in addition to an application URL.

Before You Start

  • Check device requirements to make sure your Chromebooks can support testing on Bluebook.
  • Upgrade to ChromeOS 114+. Chromebooks running version 113 or lower require extra installation steps to safeguard student answers.
  • Go to Accessibility Features in Chromebook Kiosk Mode to learn how to install Bluebook and prepare devices for students who need accessibility features.
  • Uninstall Bluebook versions installed before November 2022, the CB Digital Exams app, or the 2021 Digital AP Exams app. Find out how.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Part 1: Open Apps & Extensions in Your Admin Console

  1. Use your administrator account to sign in to your Admin console at admin.google.com.
  2. Open the Devices menu and go to Devices > Chrome > Apps & extensions > Kiosks.

Part 2: Add Application URL and Extension

The steps listed below explain how to add the required application and extension information to your Google Admin console:

  • Application URL: https://bluebook-chromebook.app.collegeboard.org
  • Extension ID: joaneffahikmmipmidpkeedopejmhbbm
  • Extension URL: https://bluebook.app.collegeboard.org/downloads/chromebook-extension/update.xml
  1. Select the appropriate organizational unit. Get guidance on choosing an organizational unit.
  2. Hover over the Plus icon and click the Add by URL icon.
  3. In the Add by URL window, enter the application URL shown above.
  4. Click Save.
  5. Enter the extension information by clicking Bluebook in the Apps list to view its kiosk settings.
  6. Scroll down and click ADD EXTENSION > Add from a custom URL.
  7. In the window that opens, change the default setting to From a custom URL.
  8. Add the extension ID and URL shown above.
  9. Click CONFIRM.
  10. Click SAVE in the upper right corner of the screen.
  11. Optional: Open Bluebook on some of your testing devices and click Test Your Device on the sign-in screen to find out if they meet minimum requirements. Important: To avoid file corruption, wait a few minutes before closing Bluebook so it can load the extension. Find out how to detect and fix a corrupted file

Note: Don't forget to click SAVE after you click CONFIRM.

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Screenshot indicating how to save

Note: If your Chromebooks are running 114+, stop here. Otherwise, continue with part 3.

Part 3: Protect Student Test Data (ChromeOS 113 or lower only)

Critical: If these steps are not completed correctly, student answers will be deleted.

  1. Go to Devices > Chrome > Settings.
  2. Click the Device Settings tab.
  3. Select the organizational unit that includes all testing devices loaded with Bluebook.
  4. Scroll to Sign-in settings > User data.
  5. Select Do not erase local user data.
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  1. Validate configuration by opening one of the Chromebooks you deployed to in the previous steps.
  2. In the lower left corner of the screen, select Apps > Bluebook.
  3. Sign in with your College Board account.
  4. Select the Restart Your Device button.
  5. Open Bluebook and sign in again.
  6. If you can access the Bluebook homepage without seeing the restart button again, you’ve correctly installed the latest version of Bluebook.
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