How to Install and Use the Respondus LockDown Browser (Student)

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, Microsoft Edge, or Internet Explorer. The LockDown Browser application only needs to be installed one time on a computer.

Install the LockDown Browser

Step 1

Log in to myMason.gmu.edu, select the Courses tab.

Step 2

Scroll down the page until you see the module Respondus (Students) and click the link for LockDown Browser application.

Step 3

Follow the on-screen prompts to download the correct Respondus browser for your computer (Windows or Mac).

Step 4

Locate and double-click the downloaded file to start the setup process and follow on-screen instructions.

Step 5

Once installed, open the application. Look for the LockDown Browser icon.

Look for the LockDown Browser icons—it will look like one of the ones below.

LockDown Browser       LockDown Browser

When you click on the icon, it will open directly to myMason, where you can log in and find your course.

Step 6

You can now begin your exam. Please read all instructions as your instructor may require a password to enter the test.

Use the Respondus LockDown Browser

To use the Respondus LockDown Browser, please launch the application from your desktop.

Verify that the version you are using is the latest

Windows

To check whether the LockDown Browser application has already been installed on your computer, look for the following icon on your Windows desktop:
LockDown Browser (Windows)

or, look for the application using the Windows Start Menu: Start > All Programs / Respondus; Lockdown Browser

To verify that you are running the latest version, start Respondus LockDown Browser and select the i button from the toolbar, and then click Check for Newer Version. The version will be displayed, and you will be able to download a newer version if one is available.

Mac

To check whether the Lockdown Browser application has already been installed on your computer, look for the following icon on your Macintosh desktop:

LockDown Browser (Mac)

or, look for the application using the Macintosh Finder: Applications > LockDown Browser

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.

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.

Additional Information