Taking a Test with the Respondus LockDown Browser

The Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment for tests taken in Blackboard. If your faculty requires that you use the Respondus LockDown Browser for your test in Blackboard, you need to download and install the browser, and use it to log in to Blackboard to take the test.

While you are using Respondus LockDown Browser, you will be unable to copy, print, access other applications, visit other websites, or close the test until it is submitted. LockDown Browser functions much like a standard browser, but some options have been removed or work differently. 

For example, the toolbar is modified to only include Forward, Back, Refresh, and Stop functions. Students cannot enter a web address to go to another site, and they cannot open other tabs (unless a link to another site is included within a test question). The browser is displayed full-screen and cannot be minimized, resized, or exited unitl the test is submitted. In addition, all printing, keyboard shortcuts, screen capture, function keys, and right-click menus are disabled. 

If your faculty has enabled it, you may be able to access a calculator in the toolbar during your test. Any hyperlinks within your test will work, so that you can access the web page you need for the test, but you will not be able to navigate to other pages within the website.

Installation

You will need to download and install Respondus LockDown Browser on their own computer to use it, by clicking the link below.

Respondus is compatible with Windows and Mac computers, and can also be used on an iPad via the Respondus iPad app. 

Technical Support

If you encounter an issue when using the Respondus LockDown Browser, you can review the Quick Start Guide or search the Respondus Knowledge Base. If you cannot resolve the issue, you can submit a support ticket. Note that Respondus staff typically respond within 24 hours, excluding weekends and U.S. holidays. 

 


Last updated: 8/24/2018