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Respondus LockDown Browser for Personal Devices (Students)

This service is only available for use in classrooms. It's not a solution for quizzes or exams being delivered online.

Respondus LockDown Browser is a special web browser that lets you take quizzes in Canvas using your own computer, but restricts access to other programs or websites while the quiz is in progress. With Respondus enabled, you will NOT be able to take screenshots, copy, paste, print, or navigate to other websites. Your instructor will let you know when Respondus is required for a particular quiz.

Before You Start 

You will need a Mac or Windows laptop (Linux and Android devices are not supported). Please check with your instructor if you do not have a Mac or Windows laptop.

Installation and Testing

A few days before your first quiz, install and test the LockDown Browser.

Tips for the Day of the Quiz

  • Bring the same computer that you used for the sample quiz.
  • Arrive with a fully charged battery.  Limited electric outlets will be available in the classroom.
  • Bring your phone for two-factor authentication (Duo Mobile is recommended for iOS and Android phones) or come prepared with a spare code.
  • Ensure you have a reliable Internet connection (AirPennNet is preferred).
  • Launch the LockDown browser, and then navigate to your course to start taking the quiz.
  • Do not submit the quiz until you are sure that you are finished. Once submitted, you will not be able to re-open the quiz.


Contact: Wharton Computing's Courseware team