About the Pearson LockDown Browser
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.)
Question help is not allowed while students are taking a locked-down test or quiz, but you can edit the assignment settings to allow question help 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, you must first enable it for your course and then choose which individual tests or quizzes to lock down:
- In the Learning Aids and Test Options section of the Edit Course wizard, enable the LockDown Browser for your course.
If you are using your MyLab in a MyLab & Mastering course, choose Manage Course > Edit Settings from your menu to access the Edit Course wizard. Then click the Edit link in the Learning Aids and Test Options section.
- Choose which tests and quizzes to lock down:
- Choose whether to allow students to use an online calculator. You can choose either a basic calculator or a scientific calculator.
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:
- In the Learning Aids and Test Options section of the Edit Course wizard, click More Options after Use a lockdown browser in this course.
- In the More LockDown Browser Options window, select the remote management application(s) that you need to allow.
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:
- Temporarily remove the lock-down restriction from the test and have your visually impaired students take the test before the other students begin. With this approach, the Gradebook entry for the test shows the results for all students.
- Copy the test and remove the lock-down restriction for your visually impaired students. Using this approach, you would have to delete the results for the copied test and manually enter them into the Gradebook for the original, locked-down test.
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.