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Respondus 4.0


Respondus 4.0 is a software tool to develop and manage exams. Respondus 4.0 also enables instructors to upload exams into Blackboard without having to retype those questions in Blackboard. The Blackboard Respondus LockDown Browser tool allows for secure testing.

Respondus 4.0 is free to ACC faculty for both your office and home computer.

Please visit the Faculty Use of ACC Testing Centers page for information on testing guidelines and faculty-focused information about any upcoming changes for faculty use of ACC Testing Centers. Additional information is available about testing options in the Testing Guide.

Request Support

If you need Respondus support, please submit the Faculty Support form. Contact ACC Technical Support Services at (512) 223-8324, or contact Respondus Support. Please visit the Teaching Consultations & Support page for additional options.


Some students have reported that when taking a test through the Respondus LockDown Browser (on a desktop/laptop computer), they receive a message about their answers not being saved. If students see this message, that usually indicates that students are not using the most up-to-date version of the Respondus LockDown Browser.

Students should open Respondus LockDown Browser and update to the latest version before taking an assessment. Instructions on how to update LockDown Browser can be found here.

If students need technical support on updating Respondus LockDown Browser, they can contact Student Technology Services.

Faculty Need to Know that:

    • The creation of exams via Respondus 4.0 is usually faster and easier than creating assessments in Blackboard™.
    • Exams may be created in a text editor or Word and imported into Respondus 4.0.
    • Thousands of publisher test banks are compatible with Respondus 4.0 and can be accessed if the textbook has been adopted for the course.
    • Exams may be printed from Respondus 4.0.
  • Exams may be uploaded to Blackboard and delivered as an online exam either non-secure or secure using the Respondus LockDown Browser.
  • Exams and reports may be downloaded from Blackboard using Respondus 4.0.

Testing Guide

To view all of the testing options available, visit the Testing Guide.

Respondus Basics

Download Respondus 4.0

For ACC faculty: Please submit the Request for Software Download – Respondus Authoring Software form.

Blackboard LockDown Browser

The Blackboard Building Block for the Respondus LockDown Browser tool is usually enabled within Blackboard. The Blackboard Building Block for Respondus LockDown Browser is a Blackboard tool which requires the lock-down browser for secure testing in the Testing Center. Students taking secure exams cannot view other webpages, copy, print, save or open another application. If an exam is already in Blackboard, faculty can easily make the exam non-secure or secure with the Respondus Building Block tool.

Non-Secure or Secure Assessments

Two types of exams can be delivered via Blackboard: non-secure exams and secure exams. Both may be created on an instructor’s local computer using Respondus 4.0 and then uploaded to Blackboard.


Non-secure exams are accessible to students through Blackboard. Often test-for-understanding or practice exams are delivered non-secure via Blackboard. Students may take these exams anywhere they have a computer and connectivity to the Internet. All faculty can develop and administer non-secure tests for their Blackboard courses. The main difference between secure and non-secure exams is that non-secure exams do not require a LockDown Browser. As soon as a non-secure exam is uploaded to Blackboard, it can be made available to students.

Secure Exams

For secure exams, instructors must use the Blackboard LockDown Browser tool to make exams secure. Only specific exams are approved for secure testing in the Testing Centers. Review the Faculty Use of Testing Centers page for detailed guidelines and the latest information on using the Testing Centers.

NOTE: It is strongly recommended that instructors make paper-based copies of their exams available in the Testing Centers in case there is a technical issue with the computer-based exam. Instructors should go to the Testing Center to check their exam.

Validate Exam is Secure

How to validate that your exam is secure:

    1. Click on the exam in your ACC course.
    2. Click “Begin” to take the exam.
    3. A window to input a password displays. (Note: The student does not need a password to take the exam with the Respondus LockDown browser.)

Training and Support

Teaching consultations are available to help you implement this tool into your teaching.

Request Consultation

Educational Technologists are available to provide training and answer any questions.

Request Help

Workshops to learn about the tools available for teaching and learning are available.

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