Installing the Respondus Lockdown Browser (for Students)

The Respondus Lockdown Browser is a special web browser that 'locks' a user's computer while they are taking an online quiz or exam. It is an anti-cheating application used to protect the integrity of online exams.

How do I install the Respondus Browser?

Visit one of the following links to download the browser -

  1. - Download PC Version
  2. - Download Mac Version

What does the Respondus browser do?

  1. Assessments are displayed full-screen and cannot be minimized
  2. Users cannot access other applications including email, messaging tools, screen-sharing, virtual machines etc.
  3. Print, Print Screen and screen capture functions are disabled
  4. Copying and pasting anything to or from an assessment is prevented
  5. Right-click menu options, function keys, keyboard shortcuts and task switching are disabled
  6. An assessment cannot be exited until the student submits it for grading
  7. Browser menu and toolbar options are removed, except for Back, Forward, Refresh and Stop
  8. Assessments that are set up for use with LockDown Browser cannot be accessed with other browsers
  9. Supports screen readers (see details)
  10. Available for Windows, Mac, iOS and other systems (see System Requirements)

How do I know if a quiz requires the Respondus browser?

  1. Typically your instructor(s) will let you know if the Respondus browser is required for any of their quizzes
  2. You will also see a notation after the quiz name that says, 'Requires Respondus LockDown Browser'

Can I take a Respondus quiz on my iPad? What about other types of tablets?

  1. Instructors have the option of enabling iPad use for Lockdown quizzes. It is a setting that they have to specifically set. It is not enabled by default.
  2. Currently the only supported tablet for higher education clients is the iPad.
    1. Download and install the Lockdown Browswer from the iTunes app store
    2. The first time you use the app it will ask you to select your institution.
    3. For detailed instructions on using the iPad Lockdown app visit this link.

Watch the video below for a detailed introduction to using the Respondus Lockdown Browser