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Using Respondus LockDown Browser (RLB)

Student Quick Start Guide
The Respondus LockDown Browser (RLB) is a secure browser for taking assessments in Blackboard. It prevents the user from printing, copying, going to another URL, or accessing other applications during an assessment.

Your first step is to run the Check Browser before you proceed further.

Once you pass the Check Browser test, proceed with these instructions.

Using the steps below, download the RLB tool to your computer. When you do this, it will place a RLB icon on your desktop.

You will continue to access your courses using Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox, but when it comes time to take a test protected by RLB, your standard browser will NOT work.

If you attempt to open an RLB protected test, you will be informed that "You must complete this assessment in the Respondus Lockdown Browser" and the Begin Assessment button will be turned off.

So, to take a protected exam, you must download the RLB tool to your desktop (see the download instructions below)

NOTE: You DO NOT use RLB to take self-tests. If you do, it will lock your computer. The only way to get out of a self test is to shut down your computer and reboot the system.

Download Instructions for Windows:
To download and install Respondus LockDown Browser, follow these steps:

Download Instructions for MACs:

Instruction to access your Assessments after the lockdown browser has been installed:

Respondus Lockdown icon

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you already have RLB on your computer and this is a reinstall due to an upgrade watch the short video on download procedures.

If you have problems downloading, installing, or taking an assessment with Respondus LockDown Browser, contact your instructor.