How Does Respondus LockDown Browser Work?

Before applying LockDown Browser to an exam in Sakai, review the full Respondus LockDown Browser Instructor Guide and administer a practice exam to ensure an optimal experience for students.

LockDown Browser works much like a conventional web browser, though many options are removed and restricted. The distinctive features of LockDown Browser include: 

  • Assessments (tests) are displayed full-screen and cannot be minimized 
  • Browser menu and toolbar options are removed, except for Back, Forward, Refresh and Stop 
  • Prevents access to other applications including messaging, screen-sharing, virtual machines, and remote desktops 
  • Printing and screen capture functions are disabled 
  • Copying and pasting anything to or from an assessment is prevented 
  • Right-click menu options, function keys, keyboard shortcuts, and task switching are disabled 
  • An assessment cannot be exited until the student submits it for grading 
  • Assessments that are set up for use with LockDown Browser cannot be accessed with other browsers
System requirements for LockDown Browser

Students need a computer with Windows 10 or Mac OS X 10.10 or higher to install and use LockDown Browser.

Chromebooks and Mobile devices (i.e. smartphones and tables) are presently not compatible with LockDown Browser

Student View of LockDown Browser

  1. Modified Toolbar: The limited browser toolbar includes only Forward, Back, Refresh, and Stop functions
  2. Assessment Mode: Assessments are shown fullscreen and cannot be minimized, resized, or exited until submitted for grading
  3. Disabled Controls: All printing, keystroke combinations, screen grab, function keys, and right-click menus are disabled
  4. Links: Links to other course areas (such as Resources) and web servers will not open and do not compromise the secure testing environment
  5. Blocked Features and Applications: The Start button (Windows), system tray, and menu bars are removed from access during the exam