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Respondus 4.0

Respondus 4.0 is a tool for creating and managing online exams.


Exams can be created offline as Word or plain text files and published directly to Blackboard courses. Blackboard exams can also be printed to paper or saved as Word or PDF files from Respondus. Respondus 4.0 provides other time-saving tools such as equation editors, web links, and multimedia functions

Windows only - Free to all NDSU instructors and staff

Respondus 4.0 is not the same as Respondus LockDown Browser.

Attention Current Respondus 4.0 Users 

Respondus 4.0 requires a new installation/activation password by the end of July of each year.

If you have Respondus 4.0 installed on your computer, you MUST update the activation password to continue using the software:

  1. Open the NDSU - Software Downloads page (log in with your NDUS username and password, if prompted)
  2. Copy the Installation Password: (valid through the end of: July 2021)
  3. Prior to August 1, start Respondus 4.0 and select File > Update License > paste or type the installation password in the field provided
    (if "Update License" isn't an option, select Help > "Check for Upgrades" to upgrade to the latest version of Respondus, then go to step 3 again)
  4. On or after August 1, the software will prompt you to enter the new password the first time you open Respondus 4.0 – return to the Software Downloads page to copy the new installation password​

Intended Audience

  • Faculty

Using this service


24/7/365 [*Standard outages]

Support contact

IT Help Desk


University-funded: no charge.


Windows Only

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Owner:Sharley K.Group:IT Knowledge Base
Created:2020-07-15 14:57 CDTUpdated:2021-06-21 11:40 CDT
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