Respondus LockDown Browser for Personal Devices (Students)

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

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 

Use Mac or Windows: You will need a Mac or Windows laptop (Linux and Android devices are not supported). Limited functionality is available for Surface Pro tablets. Please check with your instructor if you do not have a Mac or Windows laptop.

Update your Software: Make sure your operating system, browser,  and Respondus Lockdown Brower are all updated to the most recent version.

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.
  • Ensure you have a reliable Internet connection (AirPennNet is preferred).
  • Check with your instructor to ensure you are accessing correctly: If this is a New Quizzes exam, make sure to open this in a regular browser first (e.g. Chrome, Firefox), not in the LockDown Browser app. In Classic Quizzes, you'll need to open the LockDown Browser first.
  • 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