Online Quiz and Exam Security Tools

We highly recommend faculty use Canvas to give online quizzes, tests, and exams. See our help guide for information on best practices and options available to manage quizzes, tests, and exams in Canvas.

The following tools are available in Canvas to provide secure online quizzes, tests, and exams to students.

Students should use a wired ethernet connection during high-stakes online exams. A poor internet connection can prevent students from completing quizzes and exams in Canvas. We DO NOT recommend students take online quizzes and exams using mobile hot spots, nor public or unsecured networks as these connections are unreliable. See our help page for more information about internet connectivity issues.

Respondus Lockdown Browser

LockDown Browser is a web browser that locks down the testing environment in Canvas. When students use LockDown Browser they are unable to print, copy, visit other websites, access other applications, or close the quiz or exam until it is submitted for grading. When a Canvas quiz or exam requires LockDown Browser it cannot be accessed by standard browsers.

Faculty may consider using Lockdown Browser in conjunction with Zoom to track student movements. See the sections below on Zoom + Respondus Lockdown Browser for more details.

Things to note:

  • The Respondus Monitor feature is intended for use by Biomedical Graduate Education (BGE) and Qatar instructors only. Unauthorized use of Respondus Monitor will result in your department being liable for costs associated with this product.
  • We highly recommend faculty create a practice quiz in Canvas that utilizes Lockdown Browser prior to any high-stakes exams.
  • Students can download the Lockdown Browser software from the specific Canvas quiz page where Lockdown Browser has been enabled.
  • Requiring only Lockdown Browser for asynchronous or non-proctored Canvas exams will not prevent students from cheating. Consider using Zoom in addition to Lockdown Browser to track student movements.
  • LockDown Browser only offers support via email (it may take up to 24hrs for a response).

Faculty: Set up a quiz in Canvas that requires Lockdown Browser

Faculty can set up Lockdown Browser after creating the quiz in Canvas. Quizzes do not have to be published in order for them to be configured in Lockdown Browser.

For more detailed information on Lockdown Browser in Canvas, and an explanation of the option settings see the official Instructor Quick Start Guide.

  1. On your course menu, go to Settings.
  2. Click the Navigation tab on the Settings page.
  3. Scroll down on the page until you find LockDown Browser on the list of items that are currently hidden from students in your course.
  4. Click the three dot menu next to LockDown Browser and click Enable.
    LDB canvas enable
  5. Scroll down on the page and click Save.
  6. On the course menu click the LockDown Browser button.
    LDB course menu
  7. Click on Authorize (if prompted).
    LDB authorize
  8. Click on Continue to LockDown Browser (if prompted).
    LDB about
  9. Click the down ( v ) chevron next to the quiz name and click “Settings.”
    LDB Dashboard
  10. Select “Require Respondus LockDown Browser for this exam.”
  11. Click on “Save + Close.”
    LDB settings

About Respondus Monitor

Leave the default option selected “Don’t require Respondus Monitor for this exam”.

This feature is intended for use by Biomedical Graduate Education (BGE) and Qatar instructors only.

Unauthorized access will result in your department being liable for costs associated with this product.

For more information, please contact Assistant Dean Elizabeth Song

Students: Take a quiz in Canvas that requires Lockdown Browser

Students can download the Lockdown Browser software on the specific Canvas quiz page where Lockdown Browser is required.

For more detailed information on how to use Lockdown Browser in Canvas, see the official Student Quick Start Guide.

System Requirements

  • Windows: 10, 8, 7
  • Mac: OS X 10.10 or higher
  • iOS: 10.0+ (iPad only). The course instructor must enable the option to permit students to use an iPad.
  • Web camera (internal or external) & microphone
  • A broadband internet connection

Once downloaded, locate the “LockDown Browser” shortcut on the desktop, or for Mac users launch “LockDown Browser” from the Applications folder.

  1. If prompted to close a blocked program (e.g. screen capture, instant messaging) choose Yes when prompted.
  2. Log into your Canvas course using a student login.
  3. Navigate to course where the quiz is located and click Take Quiz button.
  4. If you are required to use a webcam to record yourself during the test, a Startup Sequence will guide you through a webcam check and other items required by the instructor.
    • If this does not automatically open, click the Help (?) icon within LockDown Browser to run the Webcam Check and the System & Network Check. 
  5. Once a quiz has been started with LockDown Browser,
    you cannot exit until the Submit Quiz button is

Use Zoom in conjunction with Lockdown Browser to Proctor Virtual Exams:

Faculty can create a Zoom Meeting in their Canvas course, have their students to join, require their webcams and microphones be enabled, and monitor student movements.

Things to note:

  • We recommend setting an exam password in Canvas or Lockdown Browser and then giving the password out in the Zoom meeting. This will require students to join the Zoom meeting in order to start the exam.
  • We recommend disabling Zoom Private Chats prior to creating and inviting students to a Zoom meeting. This will prevent students from sending peer-to-peer chat messages in a Zoom meeting.
  • We recommend using Gallery view in Zoom to monitor students. Zoom can display up to 49 students on one page at a time.
  • We recommend setting ‘Focus mode’ on your Zoom account. Focus mode is allows students to work on their exam without being distracted by others in the meeting. This feature gives the host and co-hosts view of all participants’ videos without other participants seeing each other. To enable Focus mode:
    • Sign in to the GU Zoom web portal.
    • In the navigation panel, click Settings.
    • Click the Meeting tab.
    • Under In Meeting (Advanced), click the Focus Mode toggle to enable or disable it.
  • We recommend recording the Zoom meeting. This can be helpful to use as a reference in the future.
  • For students, the Zoom meeting window will no longer be displayed on their computer once they start the Lockdown Browser. Only the Lockdown Browser will be visible to them, however Zoom will continue to work in the background and faculty WILL still be able to see and hear them throughout the quiz.