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What Is Respondus LockDown Browser?

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

LockDown Browser should only be used for taking Moodle Quizzes. It should not be used in other areas of Moodle.

In This Article:


Installing LockDown Browser

LockDown Browser must be installed to each computer (Windows or Mac) being used to take a test. If LockDown Browser has already been installed, skip to the next section.

  1. Once you have clicked on an exam that uses LockDown Browser, there will be a link for downloading and installing LockDown Browser.



    1. If this is the first time you have used this tool, click "Download LockDown Browser"Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the install.



    2. If it is not your first time using the tool, click the blue button "Launch LockDown Browser".

Taking A Quiz

  1. Close all programs, unless one is used to connect you to the Internet.
  2. Log into Moodle with a regular browser, select the course and navigate to the quiz.
  3. From this screen, you can either select "Download LockDown Browser" or "Launch LockDown Browser".



    1)  If the computer already has LockDown Browser installed, click “Launch LockDown Browser”.
    2)  If the computer does not have LockDown Browser installed, click "Download LockDown Browser" to install LockDown Browser to the computer (see above section).

  4. If prompted to close a blocked program (e.g. screen capture, instant messaging), choose "Yes".

  5. If you are required to use a webcam to record yourself during a test, a Startup Sequence will guide you through a webcam check and other items required by the instructor.

Note:  Once a quiz has been started with LockDown Browser, you cannot exit the quiz until the Submit Quiz button is clicked.


Using A Webcam (Respondus Monitor)

You may be required to use LockDown Browser with a webcam, which will record you during an online, non-proctored exam.

Requirements to use a webcam:

  1. Your computer must have a functioning webcam and microphone.
  2. A broadband connection.

The webcam feature is sometimes referred to as “Respondus Monitor".


If A Quiz Requires LockDown Browser And A Webcam

Follow steps 1-4 in the previous “Taking A Quiz” section. At this point the Startup Sequence for the webcam begins. The quiz will begin after the Startup Sequence is complete.

  1. You will first need to review and agree to the Terms of Use
  2. The Webcam Check will confirm that your webcam and microphone are working properly. The first time the Webcam Check is performed on a computer, Adobe Flash Player will require you to select "Allow and Remember".
  3. The remaining steps of the Startup Sequence will depend on settings chosen by your instructor. Follow the instructions and note your progress along the top of the screen.
  4. If you encounter a problem, select the "It’s not working" link for troubleshooting tips.

Note:  You cannot exit LockDown Browser until the quiz is submitted for grading.


Adapted in part from: Respondus Student Quick Start Guide.