Use the Pearson LockDown Browser
When enabled for your course, the Pearson LockDown Browser prevents students from opening applications or other browser windows. The LockDown Browser is available only for online tests or quizzes.
For example, when taking a test using the LockDown Browser, students cannot:
- Navigate away from the assignment.
- Open a desktop calculator.
(You can allow students to use a calculator available from the LockDown Browser.)
The Pearson LockDown Browser is an application installed on PCs or Macs using the Browser Check. Students working on their own machines are prompted to install the LockDown Browser when they try to take a locked-down test or quiz. Currently the LockDown Browser does not work on mobile devices, tablets or Chromebooks.
Lab admins can use executable files to install the LockDown Browser in computer labs — See the XL Player Installation Guide.
- Go to the Edit Course wizard, Learning Aids and Test Options section, select LockDown Option.
- Choose the locked down tests and quizzes:
- Choose whether to allow students to use an online calculator — 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 might block applications that lab admins need to remotely manage the computer system. To allow these applications to run while the LockDown Browser is in use:
- In the Edit Course wizard, Learning Aids and Test Options section — Select LockDown Option and More Options.
- In the More LockDown Browser Options window, select the remote management application(s) to allow.
- ARDAgent and AppleVNCServer — Remote management on Apple networks
- UltraVNC Server — Designed for use on PC networks
If you're not sure which applications to allow, ask your campus lab administrators.
The copied course allows locked-down tests and quizzes — You can import locked-down assignments.
If the LockDown Browser is enabled — The locked-down assignment is locked down.
To ensure secure tests, the Pearson LockDown Browser does not work with the JAWS screenreader. To work around this restriction, choose 1:
- Temporarily remove the lock-down restriction from the test and have your visually impaired students take the test before the other students begin — 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 — Delete the results for the copied test and manually enter them into the Gradebook for the original, locked-down test.