Taking Tests Online

Before the test

The College is making available a specialized testing browser.  The browser is designed to create a secure testing environment and is anticipated to minimize testing technical issues.  We highly recommend that you download the Respondus Lockdown Browser (LDB) for all of your Blackboard tests.  Instructors may require the use of the LDB.  Tests requiring the LDB will so indicate.

1. Get a test-compatible browser.

If required, download Respondus Lockdown Browser at http://www.respondus.com/lockdown/information.pl?ID=328538650 . For more information about Respondus Lockdown Browser, visit the Respondus Lockdown Browser Student FAQ page.

Alternately, you can download and configure Mozilla Firefox as described in the Browser Requirements & Settings page.

2. Check your computer by taking a sample test, provided by your instructor or available in the Distance Learning Orientation, before attempting to take an important exam for credit.

During the test

1. Only attempt the test on a stable Internet connection.

2. If using dial-up, inform others in the household not to pick up the receiver.  Disable call waiting.

3. Close all other applications and browsers, including music applications.

4. Allow the whole test to load before answering the first question.

5. Use buttons within Blackboard to navigate.  Do not use the browser's Back button or Refresh button as it may prematurely submit your test.

6. Use the save button next to each question.  After using the save button on the first question, subsequent questions will auto-save after about 10 seconds. You can change your response and re-save the response.  When tests display one question at a time, the response is automatically saved when you move to the next question.

7. Use the save button next to each question--it's really, really important.  Using the save button keeps your session active so that your session will not time-out before you have completed the test.

8. Don't use the save button at the bottom of the test page.  Use the submit button instead.

9. Before clicking the submit button, verify the last question has auto-saved.  Clicking submit at the same time a question is auto-saving will lock you out of the test.

When questions display one at at time, do not double-click the button to go to the next screen.  Use a single click.  

10. Hit the submit button only once and wait for a confirmation that the test is submitted.