Online Testing Respondus™

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 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 and are not delivered in the ACC Testing Centers. As soon as a non-secure exam is uploaded to Blackboard, it can be made available to students.


For Secure exams, instructors must use the Blackboard LockDown Browser tool to make exams secure. Students must take a secure exam at an ACC Testing Center. Secure tests are major exams such as mid-terms and finals. Secure tests must be taken in the Testing Centers. Only specific courses are approved for secure testing in the Testing Centers. In addition, up to 25% of students enrolled in a course who miss the initial exam may take a make-up exam and students who score low on the initial exam may retest in 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

Validate that your exam is secure and may only be taken in an ACC Testing Center.

  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 in the Testing Centers. The password is for the Testing Center computers to communicate with the Respondus LockDown browser.)

Need support?

Contact the Instructional Designer at your campus. Contact ACC Technical Support at 223-4357, or email Respondus Support.