Online Testing

How does online testing work?

In online classes, you may be required to use a LockDown Browser (LDB) with a webcam and a microphone to prevent cheating. Your instructors will post instructions about the type of testing software used in their classes. Be sure to read the instructions and test your technology in advance of your test. Below are instructions on how to use two types of testing software used at IVCC and tips on what to do to plan ahead. 

Respondus LockDown Browser


Plan Ahead

  • Be sure you know the date and time of your test; how much time you have to complete the test; if notes, the use of a calculator, or other materials are permitted while taking the test; and what hardware and software are needed to take the test. Check with your instructor if you have questions.
  • You should have a laptop or computer available. Depending on the type of test, a smartphone or iPad/tablet may not be supported, so have a laptop or computer available.
  • Use a wired or strong wireless connection to the internet.  The use of a hotspot to take online tests is not recommended. 
  • Make sure you have a quiet place to test. 
  • Stop all other internet services (Netflix, Zoom, Hulu, etc.) which may take up bandwidth.
  • If you need access to a computer with Respondus LockDown Browser installed,  visit the Academic Support Center. See Campus Technology for more information.