Inspera Exam Portal

With the fully integrated Inspera Lockdown Browser, you can balance privacy and security while benefiting from strong remote capabilities.

Inspera supports the entire digital examination cycle


Fully integrated

Fully integrated into the Inspera Assessment platform, resulting in a smoother test-taker experience.



Lockdown options that allow you to select which resources, if any, you want to make available to candidates.



Real-time security reporting for administrators, including logs of desktop apps, during the exam.


Live chat

Live chat with invigilators, who can take actions to help test-takers during a lockdown browser exam.


System checks

Diagnostic equipment checks to ensure candidates' devices are fully compatible and functional before the lockdown browser takes effect.


Additional security

The option to add on Inspera Proctoring for real-time monitoring of test-takers.

Content safety features



Customised access permissions to third-party resources during the exam.


Screen restrictions

Disables screen capturing capabilities, such as screenshots and screen recording.


Software safety

Certificate-based signing of applications and communications to ensure the software has not been tampered with.


Print restrictions

Turn off the possibility for candidates to print during the exam.


Webcam restrictions

Restricts changing webcam settings throughout the exam.


Save / copy restrictions

Disables functions that allow saving or copying questions and content

System requirements

Windows: 7, 8, and 10 on 64-bit platforms
 macOS: OS X 10.14 or higher
10 MBs of disk space
CPUs newer than 2011 (Intel Sandy Bridge or newer)
A broadband internet connection (0.15Mbps upload speed)

What is a lockdown browser?

A lockdown browser is a separate web browser or an app within an existing browser that prevents a candidate from accessing other applications or websites during an online exam or an assessment.


Managing computer access

It controls the environment on a computer to prevent internet access, for example, or limit access to certain websites.


Safeguarding examination integrity

Lockdown browsers are commonly used by academic institutions, awarding bodies, and governments to ensure the integrity and security of digital exams


Supporting the digitisation surge

Lockdown browsers have become increasingly prevalent as more academic institutions and organisations digitise their exams.

Why use a lockdown browser?

The purpose of a lockdown browser is to allow faculty and administration to control the exam environment to match exam regulations. 

Does a lockdown browser record you?

A lockdown browser will not by itself record a candidate during their exam. However, a lockdown browser can be combined with a proctoring solution which allows invigilators the additional security associated with real-time monitoring of test-takers.

The capabilities of a lockdown browser also depend on the product's features. Data privacy should also be considered. It's important to review all the technical documentation and the privacy policy before using a lockdown browser for online exams.

What are the benefits of a lockdown browser?

Using a lockdown browser comes with many benefits. Specifically, using a lockdown browser can:


Prevent misconduct during an online exam

By restricting access to other websites and applications during the exam. Additional features include print restrictions and save/copy restrictions.


Enhance online exam security

Lockdown browsers provide additional security measures such as disabling screen capturing, printing, and copying exam questions, preventing them from being shared. The added security increases confidence in exam integrity.



By controlling the exam environment, all candidates will have the same exam experience.

What are the challenges associated with using a lockdown browser?

Lockdown browsers come with many benefits, but there are also a few challenges to consider:



A lockdown browser or application for an existing browser may collect data such as keystrokes even when an exam is not being conducted. Have an understanding of what a browser collects, when and how to be confident when installing it.



A lockdown browser or application for an existing browser will have a minimum technical specification. It’s important to select a lockdown browser with minimum specification requirements that are as low as possible to prevent barriers to taking an exam.


Restrictive if not customisable

A lockdown browser or application for an existing browser will be customisable from full lockdown to partial with certain exceptions. If something other than a full lockdown of the exam is needed, it’s important to check what can be supported.

Trusted the world over


Eventually, digital exams will become the norm. I think it will happen, the only question is when.
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— Dr Donald Lancaster
Director of Studies for the Executive MBA, University of Bath School of Management.

Using Inspera Assessment hugely simplified our transition to digital assessments. The vast array of features accommodated diverse requirements, and the platform was simple to navigate and implement. Working with Inspera has been a pleasure!
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— Dr. Dee Scadden,
Director of Teaching and Deputy Head of Department, Department of Biochemistry

Once the users have transitioned to digital examination, they would not go back to the old system – there is no question of that. The use of digital examinations has risen steadily.
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— Anne-Lise Lande
Section Manager, University of Oslo, Norway

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