Make online testing within Hawkes even more secure

**Updated 2/7/20.**

Make online testing within Hawkes even more secure at no additional cost with Respondus® LockDown Browser®. This custom browser locks down the testing environment so students are not able to do the following while taking or reviewing a WebTest:

  • Print the WebTest
  • Copy and paste into or out of the WebTest
  • Visit another URL
  • Access other applications

How to set up Respondus® LockDown Browser® in Hawkes

First, you will need the following system requirements:

Operating Systems

Windows: 10, 8, 7
Mac: OS X 10.10 or higher


Windows: 2 GB RAM
Mac: 512 MB RAM

LockDown Browser Versions

Windows: Version, January 15, 2020

OS X: Version, January 30, 2020


For computer lab settings, lab managers will need to download the following LockDown Browser Lab Editions*:

Note: If you downloaded this in fall 2017, please select the link to download the latest version this term.

Windows (w/ MSI Installer)

Windows (w/ self-installing.exe)


* Lab Editions will not prompt students for UAC permissions

** Mac Lab and Student Editions are the same (no UAC)

To enable Respondus LockDown Browser for an assigned WebTest, navigate to WebTests > Select a WebTest > Additional Settings. Select Require Respondus LockDown Browser. Once this option is checked, students will be required to launch the WebTest within a compatible Respondus LockDown Browser in order to open the assignment.

The Additional Settings menu is shown. Below the option for giving credit for unsimplified answers, an option to use a custom proctor exit password is shown, as well as the following options with check marks beside them: Require Respondus LockDown Browser, Enable basic or scientific calculator, and Require student review within LockDown Browser.

You can set up a custom proctor exit password in case students need to exit the test for any reason, such as needing to use the restroom. The time on the test will stop until they reenter the test.

You also have the option to enable a basic or scientific calculator for students to access within the protected test. For additional security, you can require students to review their graded test only within Respondus LockDown Browser, which is especially helpful if you allow students to review their test at any time—including when other students still haven’t taken the test yet.

What students will see

When students log in to their courseware to take their WebTest, they’ll receive a message that Respondus LockDown Browser is required:

A student WebTest menu is shown with the message "Respondus LockDown Browser is required" at the top of the page.

Students will select the Launch LockDown Browser button in order to take the test:

The "Launch LockDown Browser" button is highlighted next to a button that says "Check Your Browser."

No other browser tabs are allowed as students select the Start button to begin their WebTest:

The WebTest start menu is displayed. Only the browser tab for the WebTest is open.

How students can download it on their personal computers

Have WebTests that students are taking at home instead of in a campus computer lab? Student editions are available to download from the WebTest’s start page after enabling Require Respondus LockDown Browser. Please note that students only need to download these links on their personal computers. These will not be needed in a lab setting.

To use Respondus LockDown Browser on their personal computers (not in on-campus lab setting), students must download the following links:

  • Windows

  • Mac

How to perform a browser compatibility check

To ensure everything is all set up, please perform the following compatibility check.

Sign in at and select a WebTest that has been set up to require Respondus LockDown Browser.

From the start page, select Check Your Browser and follow the instructions.

A browser window tells the user to check their browser with links to do so.

If your LockDown Browser is up-to-date and compatible with Hawkes WebTests, you’ll receive this message:

A browser window says, "Congratulations! Your have the correct version of Respondus LockDown Browser installed on this device." A button that says "Return to Learn" is underneath the message.

If not, you’ll need to update and/or install a compatible version of LockDown Browser. Please revisit the links at the top of this blog post.

How to test it out as an instructor

Test Respondus LockDown Browser for yourself in 6 easy steps:

  1. Create a new class section titled “Testing Section.” (You can leave all other fields blank.)
  2. Update the General Settings on a previously created (or new) WebTest to be due in the future and assign it to your Testing Section.
  3. Update the Additional Settings to Require Respondus LockDown Browser.
  4. Transfer yourself into your Testing Section, then log in to your student account and select the test you assigned.
  5. Select Respondus Lockdown Browser in the blue banner above Test Details to download and install.
  6. Select Launch Lockdown Browser and follow the prompts to begin taking your test in a more secure environment!

If you have any questions, please contact us at (800) 426-9538 or

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