West Texas A&M University

Respondus LockDown Browser

Respondus LockDown Browser is a locked browser for taking tests in WTClass. It prevents you from printing, copying, going to another URL, or accessing other applications during a test. If a test in WTClass requires that Respondus LockDown Browser be used, you will not be able to take the test with a standard web browser.

LockDown Browser should only be used for taking tests that require the LockDown browser within WTClass. It should not be used in other areas of WTClass.

Installing the LockDown Browser

If LockDown Browser has already been installed, skip to the next section. If not, LockDown Browser must be installed to each computer (Windows or Mac) being used to take a test.

The install link is specific to West Texas A&M University and WTClass. Do not use this link for any other institution. To install the Lockdown Browser go to: https://download.respondus.com/lockdown/download.php?id=595136694

Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the install.

Taking a Test Using the LockDown Browser

To take a test in WTClass that requires Respondus LockDown Browser:

  1. Close all programs, unless one is used to connect you to the Internet.
  2. Locate the “LockDown Browser” shortcut on the desktop and double-click it.
    • For Mac users, launch “LockDown Browser” from the Applications folder.
  3. If prompted, either close a blocked program (e.g. screen capture, instant messaging) by choosing Yes, or close Lockdown Browser and close the blocked program before restarting.
  4. Login into Single Sign On.

    screenshot of the WTClass login page from within the LockDown browser

  5. Navigate to your course’s test and click on the link.
  6. If the instructor requires a test password, a new window will appear asking for the Exam Password. Enter the password and click Begin to start the exam.
  7. The test will then start.

NOTE: Once a test has been started with Respondus LockDown Browser, you cannot exit until the Submit button is clicked.

Using Respondus LockDown Browser

The LockDown Browser functions much like a standard browser, but some options have been removed or work differently. Below is a student view of the browser with highlighted features:

screenshot of the WTClass login page from within the LockDown browser indicating the limited tools options within the brower

  • Modified Toolbar - the condensed toolbar includes only Forward, Back, Refresh, and Stop functions.
  • Test Mode - tests are shown full-screen and cannot be minimized, resized, or exited until submitted for grading.
  • Disabled Controls - all printing, keystroke combinations, screen grab, function keys, and right-click menus have been disabled.
  • Links - links to other web servers will open in a new, secure window and prevent browsing beyond that page.
  • Blocked Features and Applications - the Start button (Windows), system tray, and menu bars have been removed.

Tips and Troubleshooting

Respondus Lockdown Browser Tips and Troubleshooting for Students