The Pearson LockDown Browser prevents students from opening applications or other browser windows while they are taking tests or quizzes online. The LockDown Browser is available only for tests or quizzes.
For example, when taking a test using the LockDown Browser, students cannot navigate away from the assignment and cannot open a desktop calculator. (You can, however, allow students to use a calculator available from the LockDown Browser.)
Learning aids are not allowed while students are taking a locked-down test or quiz, but you can edit the assignment settings to allow learning aids while students are reviewing the test or quiz.
The Pearson LockDown Browser is a separate application that can be installed using the Browser Check. It is available for PCs and Macs. Students who work on their own machines will be prompted to install the LockDown Browser when they try to take a locked-down test or quiz.
Lab admins can use executable files to install the LockDown Browser in computer labs. See the XL Player Installation Guide for information on how lab admins can access the executable files.
To use the LockDown Browser for tests or quizzes:
When students are taking locked-down tests or quizzes on computers on your school's network, the LockDown Browser may block applications that lab admins need to remotely manage the computer system. In this case, you can allow these applications to run while the LockDown Browser is in use.
To allow these applications:
ARDAgent and AppleVNCServer are used for remote management on Apple networks. UltraVNC Server is designed for use on PC networks. If you are not sure which applications to allow, ask your campus lab administrators.
When you copy a course with the LockDown Browser enabled, the copied course allows locked-down tests and quizzes and you can import locked-down assignments. But a locked-down assignment will no longer be locked down when it is imported into a course that does not have the LockDown Browser enabled.
To ensure that tests are completely secure, the Pearson LockDown Browser does not work with the JAWS screenreader. To work around this restriction, you can do one of the following:
Do not assign questions using StatCrunch on locked-down tests or quizzes. The LockDown browser blocks popup windows in StatCrunch.
Students must do locked-down tests on a PC or laptop. Currently the LockDown Browser does not work on tablets.
Choose assignment settings for tests and quizzes
The Edit Course wizard
Modify IP address restrictions for assignments
Remove IP restrictions
Restrict all tests and quizzes in your course
Restrict tests and quizzes to specific IP addresses