Respondus Lockdown Browser (RLDB)

Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within Blackboard. Students are unable to copy, print, access other applications, or visit other websites during an online exam. 

This tool requires students to download a separate application on their computers.

A Chromebook extension for LockDown Browser is now available for assessments. Instructors will need to allow the use of LockDown Browser for Chromebook on a per exam basis. The Virtual Desktop Environment via web browser may be an alternative. 

For Instructors

Instructor Resources

Download the instructor Quick Start Guide (pdf) for Respondus LockDown Browser & Respondus Monitor:

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Additional Resources
For Students

Student Resources

Technical Requirements for Students

  • Compatible Operating System

    • Windows: 11 and 10*

      • Includes x86 32 and 64bit processors and ARM 64bit processors using x86 emulation.

      • Not compatible*

        • Windows 10/11 "S mode" and Windows 10/11 "SE"

        • LockDown Browser cannot be downloaded via the Windows App Store

    • Mac: macOS 10.13 to 13.0+

    • ChromeOS: LockDown Browser for Chromebook minimally requires the version of ChromeOS that Google makes available via their Long Term Support (LTS) channel

  • Web camera (internal or external) & microphone

  • A broadband internet connection

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Respondus Lockdown Browser (exam security) is NOT the same tool as Respondus 4 (test generation software).

GETTING HELP: Live chat help is available within LockDown Browser when using Respondus Monitor. Chat agents can assist students with pre-exam issues related to the webcam and microphone. Click the "Need More help?" button.