Taking Virtually Proctored Tests


How to take a virtually proctored test using Respondus LockDown browser and Monitor / Zoom


Please note: These instructions are for students who are taking a virtually proctored test.

For student information, you can jump to a topic below:

What are virtually proctored tests?

Tests can be virtually proctored so students can complete them from home instead of coming to campus. Students will use a locked-down browser. In addition, students will use Respondus Monitor or join a Zoom meeting with their instructor to ensure a fair testing environment.

  • Respondus LockDown browser (RLDB) is an independent browser which prevents students from browsing the internet, printing, copying, or accessing other applications while they are taking an exam in Blackboard.
  • Respondus Monitor (RM) supplements RLDB by requiring the use of a microphone and webcam to record the student while they are taking the exam.
  • Zoom can also supplement RLDB. Students join a Zoom meeting with their instructor and use their microphone and webcam while they are taking the exam.

Watch this short intro video for more information:

Before Test Day

  1. Download and install Respondus LockDown Browser (also see: System Requirements for LockDown Browser)
  1. Check your course information to determine if your instructor will be proctoring your exam using Respondus Monitor or using Virtual Faculty Proctoring in Zoom.
    1. Monitor: If using Respondus Monitor, you should complete the training under the Testing with Respondus Monitor menu item in your course, and save or print the RM Student Checklist which you will run through before starting the test.
    2. Zoom: If your instructor will be proctoring your test via Zoom, download the Zoom Client application and complete the SSO sign-in on the computer you will be using to test. For more information about this process, follow the instructions for your device in this article: Zoom: Install and Log in.
  2. Take a practice quiz (provided by your instructor) using LockDown Browser. Before starting the practice quiz, click the “Help Center” at the top of the LockDown Browser screen to test your webcam and microphone and to ensure that your computer meets system requirements.

On Test Day

Prepare your environment

  • Select a place to take your exam, that is quiet, free of distraction, and where you will not be interrupted.
  • Take your test in a room with good lighting in front of you. It is best not to have a bright light behind you. Close curtains and window shades located behind you.
  • Avoid wearing baseball caps or hats with brims.
  • Ensure your computer is on a firm surface (a desk or table). Do NOT have the computer on your lap, a bed, or other surfaces where the device (or you) are likely to move.
  • Clear your workspace of any unauthorized material, such as a phone, other devices, textbooks, notes, etc.
  • Before starting the test, know how much time is available for it, and also that you’ve allotted sufficient time to complete it.
  • Remain at your computer for the duration of the test (do not leave from where you are seated).

Taking your test

Your course information will tell you which method your instructor will be using to virtually proctor your exam. There are two options: Respondus Monitor- where your testing session will be video recorded- or Virtual Faculty Proctoring where you are in a pre scheduled Zoom meeting. Both methods of virtually proctored tests will require LockDown browser. 

Click the appropriate drop-down below for detailed instructions: 


Having issues? See the article, Virtually Proctored Tests: Troubleshooting


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