Lockdown Browser: Features, versions, download, installation, and updates

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How to install the Lockdown Browser, plus additional information.

Features of the Lockdown Browser:
  • Opens directly to the test session login screen
  • Fills the entire computer screen
  • Restricts navigation to other URLs, applications, and files on the computer

See System and Bandwidth Requirements in the MAP Help Center for more details.
Current versions:
  • Version (optional) (released 3/8/2017)
  • Version (released 8/24/2015)
  • Version (released 8/31/2013)
To determine which version is installed on Windows:

If you have previously installed a lockdown browser, you can check the version number by starting the lockdown browser and typing: Ctrl+Alt+V.

You can also check the lockdown browser version using the following steps:
  1. Navigate to C:\Program Files (x86)\NWEA\Lockdown Browser\
    • If you are testing on an earlier version of Windows, check in C:\Program Files\NWEA\Lockdown Browser\
  2. Right click on the file Lockdown Browser.exe
  3. Select Properties.
  4. Select the Details tab. File Version is listed under Description.

How to download the Lockdown Browser:
  1. Log in to the MAP Administration and Reporting Center (MARC).
  2. On the home page, under Information Center, find the link to the appropriate version.
  3. Click PC Version or Mac Version to download the installer to your computer.
How to update the Lockdown Browser:

To update, check that you have the current version. If it is not current, download and install the newest version.

Options for installing on Windows:
  1. Run the installer on each computer. The installer will detect .NET 3.5 and install the Lockdown Browser. The installer requires admin privileges to install to the Programs directory. It does not require admin privileges to install to a user account.
  2. Install the Lockdown Browser as a part of the student image used on district computers. If the target workstations do not have .NET 3.5 (or higher) installed, install this first.
  3. Advanced: Push installation over the network using the NWEA installer or Microsoft Installer Package (MSI). For more details, see MSI for Lockdown Browser or the System and Technology Guide in the MAP Help Center.
Can I install the Lockdown Browser on a networked drive?

The Lockdown Browser must be installed locally. If the Lockdown Browser is installed and launched from a network location, students may experience extremely long load times.

How to verify the Lockdown Browser is ready for testing:

Prior to testing, proctors or system administrators should perform a Workstation Readiness Check by launching the Lockdown Browser. If the Lockdown Browser successfully launches to the Join Session screen, the computer has passed the check. More information is available in the System and Technology Guide.

If you are using Windows 8, downloaded software is placed by default in the Start menu. You can open the Start menu by pressing the Windows key on the keyboard. The Lockdown Browser can be launched from the Start menu after installation.


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