Online Education

Taking Online Tests



As part of your online learning experience, you will likely be required to take one or more tests for your online class.  Like the tests you take in your face-to-face classes, online tests could include multiple-choice questions as well as essay format questions.  In all cases, you should prepare yourself by finding a quiet place to take the test free from interruptions.  Many tests require that you complete them once you start, so make sure you set aside enough time to complete whatever test you are required to take.

Most instructors schedule their online tests to be available for a certain time period.  Make sure you know when tests are scheduled. 

Test taking requires absolute honesty and cheating of any kind will not be tolerated.  In fact, cheating on a test is grounds for formal academic discipline up to and including failing the class.  Be absolutely sure you know what your instructor requires from you before you take the test.  Under no circumstances should you ever allow anyone to log-in to your class to take a test for you.

Some instructors may require you to use the Respondus Lockdown Browser.  This is a special Internet browser that prevents you from opening any other windows, accessing other applications, or printing the contents of the test.  If your are required to use the Respondus Lockdown Browser, download and install it using the link below.  This browser is fully compatible with both PC's and MAC computers.

To take a test using this browser, simply close all open applications on your computer.  Open the Respondus Lockdown Browser and log-in to your online class.  Navigate to your class and then to the test.  When you are done with the test, press the ESCAPE key and shut down the browser.  For more information on how to use the Respondus Lockdown Browser, watch the video and read the student guide below.

Click here to watch a video on how to use the Respondus Lockdown Browser
Click here to download the Respondus Lockdown Browser User Guide
Click here to watch a video about taking tests on Blackboard

Click here to download the Respondus Lockdown Browser for PC or MAC