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 until 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.
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. Respondus cannot be installed on Chromebooks due to the limitations of the operating system on them.
Respondus LockDown Browser is installed and should be available in the following computer labs on campus:
- Graham 136
- Graham 140
- Northern View Community Center
- Psychology - Computer Science 051
- Psychology - Computer Science 053
- Psychology - Computer Science 056
- Reavis 203
- Reavis 206
- Stevenson North Lobby
If you have checked out one of the computers from Founders Memorial Library, you may use the button above to download and install Respondus LockDown Browser. When the computer is restarted, any programs you have installed (including Respondus) are erased, so you will need to reinstall Respondus LockDown Browser after the computer is restarted.
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: 9/21/2020