How to differentiate between practice tests and assigned tests

You asked, and we delivered! Now, WebTests that you assign to your classes have a different color at the top of the page than the practice tests that students themselves create.

This update is especially helpful for instructors who teach in a computer lab. It’s now easier to know when students are taking a test that counts toward their grade, which is when they shouldn’t be working with other students or getting help from instructors or TAs.

Now, assigned WebTests are purple:

The assigned test has a purple bar at the top of the screen where it says the test name, name of the student, and the option to turn in the test.

Student-created practice tests are in blue:

The practice test has a blue bar at the top of the screen where it says the test name, name of the student, and the option to turn in the test.

What makes this update even better? These colors are WCAG 2.0 Level AA compliant!

Tuesday Tip: Add shared Question Builder questions to assignments

Do you have a colleague who has mastered Question Builder and created some fantastic questions you’d like to use? As long as they’ve chosen the option to share these questions, you can incorporate them into your assignments too!

To input these questions into your own curriculum, follow these quick steps:

1. Log into your Grade Book.
2. Navigate to Assignments > Curriculum.
3. Open desired section (Or go to Manage by Curriculum and open desired curriculum).
4. Open desired lesson.
5. Select Question Bank > Instructor.

A drop-down menu shows the options

6. Folders will be listed below. Open the desired folder.

A list of questions for chapters is shown. They each are called

7. Add any desired questions to the assignment by dragging and dropping it into the right pane or selecting the checkbox and clicking Add Selected.

The button labeled

If you’d like to add questions from a shared folder to your WebTests, simply open up a WebTest (Assignments > WebTest) and follow steps 5-7.

If you have questions, please contact us at 1-800-426-9538
or connect with your Training and Support Specialist.

Make online testing within Hawkes even more secure

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, June 12, 2017 or higher

OS X: Version, July 5, 2017 or higher


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



Updates to WebTest Management

During this semester, we’ve made some changes to WebTest Management. Now, your list of WebTests is easier to read, and you have some more options listed below.

Under Additional Settings, you’ll be able to allow students to pause their WebTest X number of times.

You will also be able to allow multiple WebTest attempts for individual students in the Student Settings or for whole sections in General Settings. Decide whether you want to count the last score or average the scores of each attempt.

Make bulk changes when you edit an individual student’s settings too!
Select one student and make settings that will apply to them for different tests all on one page.

You can also manage all WebTests assigned to a particular section at once:

Did you know you can also submit and unsubmit a student’s WebTest attempt? Click here to learn more.

Check out the video on WebTest Management below:

Contact us at 1-800-426-9538 or if you have questions.

Tuesday Tip: Test Prerequisites

Want to make sure students have completed particular lessons or tests before they can access their next WebTest? You can ensure this progression through test prerequisites.

After you’re done editing your WebTest in Assignment Builder (and make sure you save those changes!), select Assign in the top right corner. You’ll see the settings you can edit:

The Prerequisites option is underneath Edit Settings and directly below Student Settings by Test.

Choose which lessons you’d like students to complete before starting this test by selecting the checkbox next to the lesson name. You’ll see the prerequisite lessons populate on the left. You can always delete prerequisites you don’t want by selecting the X.

Lesson names are on the right of the screen. When you select the check box next to the title, it populates on the left to signify that it is a test prerequisite. You can use the X on the right of the prerequisite to deselect it.

You also have the choice of making other WebTests prerequisites for your current test. These are found right underneath the prerequisite lessons.

Test names are on the right of the screen. When you select the check box next to the title, it populates on the left to signify that it is a test prerequisite. You can use the X on the right of the prerequisite to deselect it.

Once you’ve made your choices, select the Assign button in the top right corner to make this WebTest available to specific sections.

Tuesday Tip: Delete or replace archived questions

If you’ve been using Hawkes for a while, you may have noticed that we archive problem types that are not presenting themselves as flawlessly as others. Instead, we create newer and better versions. However, we would never want to remove anything you have assigned without your permission. By replacing the archived questions, your WebTests and curricula will contain the same objectives; this change simply ensures that students will be seeing the latest and greatest problems we offer.

Tests that have archived questions are not compatible
with the web platform, so they can’t be opened in thatA red flag is right next to the quiz title Quiz #1 Review
version of the student courseware. These tests are notated by red flags in your test list when you log into your Grade Book and go to Assignments > WebTests.

From there, you can find a full list of archived questions for each test under Manage > View Archived Cases.

The number of archived cases is listed to the write of the lesson names that are included in the WebTest.

Within the test, there is a notification message to let you know the test can only be opened in the installed platform.

Warning! There are archived questions on this WebTest. Students will need to use the installed software to complete the WebTest.

The individual archived questions are labeled with a red flag when the test is opened in Assignment Builder as well.

Preview of this question is currently not supported in the online version of the Hawkes Learning software.

These questions should be replaced in order for students to access the latest and greatest Hawkes questions and to do so from the web platform. In many cases, there are nearly identical forms of the questions that can replace the archived ones.

If the tests are no longer being used, feel free to delete them from the test list to keep your Grade Book streamlined!

Would you like our help?  Let your Training & Support Specialist know, and we can replace the archived questions for you automatically!  Howeverwe need your permission since that does mean changing questions that you have chosen in the past. Contact us at