Respondus LockDown Browser

LockDown Browser is a custom browser that increases the security of online summative assessments in PolyLearn. When students use LockDown Browser to access a quiz, they are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, access other applications, or close a quiz until it is submitted for grading. Quizzes created for use with LockDown Browser cannot be accessed with standard browsers either. LockDown Browser works much like a standard browser, but some options have been removed or work differently.

NOTE: LockDown Browser can not be used for DRC students who will be using the DRC Testing Center. Learn more

Table of Contents

Using LockDown Browser


Taking a Quiz

LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within PolyLearn. If your instructor has create a Respondus Quiz, you will need to use LockDown Browser.

  1. Before opening LockDown Browser, close all programs/applications to prevent any issues when taking a quiz.
  2. Open LockDown Browser.
  3. A dialog box will open for you to choose the server from a dropdown. Select the year that is associated with your course. Select “AY_2018-2019”. Then click OK.
    Choose Server - AY_2018-2019, screen image
  4. If you receive a message to close a blocked program, select “Yes”. You may need to exit LockDown Browser, close the blocked program and then reopen LockDown Browser.
  5. Log into the Portal, navigate to the PolyLearn course, and select the required quiz.
  6. Select the “Attempt quiz now” button to begin the quiz.

    Can't Access via PolyLearn....
    If the “Attempt quiz now” button in unavailable and instead there is a message that “Respondus LockDown Browser is required for this quiz”, this means you are not in the Respondus LockDown Browser application.

    Example: not in the LockDown Browser:
    PolyLearn view of the quiz with LockDown. Can't access on this page. Need to use LockDown Browser