The Respondus LockDown Browser application is a separate browser that your instructor may require to take a test in Blackboard. If a test in Blackboard says Requires Respondus LockDown Browser, you cannot take the test using a standard browser such as Safari, Firefox, Chrome, or Edge. The LockDown Browser application only needs to be installed one time on a computer. Instructors choose if a Blackboard test requiring LockDown Browser also requires a webcam.
Install the LockDown Browser
(Note: most tests do not support iPads - contact your instructor)
Log in to myMason.gmu.edu, select the Courses tab.
Scroll down the page until you see the module Respondus (Students) and click the link for LockDown Browser application.
Follow the on-screen prompts to download the correct Respondus browser for your computer (Windows or Mac).
Locate and double-click the downloaded file to start the setup process and follow on-screen instructions.
Once installed, open the application. Look for the LockDown Browser icon or look in your computer's application folder.
When you click on the icon, it will open directly to myMason/Blackboard, where you can log in and find your course.
You can now begin your exam. Please read all instructions as your instructor may require a password to enter the test. Your instructor may provide you with a practice quiz to test your system before you exam.
If your test requires Monitor (webcam recording) additional information is available here.
You can now begin your exam. Please read all instructions as your instructor may require a password to enter the test.
To verify you are running the latest version, start Respondus LockDown Browser and select About from the toolbar, and then click Check for Update. The version will be displayed, and you will be able to download a newer version if one is available.