Tests in Blackboard

Blackboard Tests Quick Start



Tests and quizzes are synonymous in Blackboard, and are classified as types of Assessments. Blackboard tests and surveys may have up to 20 different question types, including Multiple Choice, True/False, Essay, Short Answer, Calculated Formula, and Matching.  When you deploy a graded object in your course, a grade column for that object is automatically added to the course Grade Center. Tests with objective question types, such as Multiple Choice, are automatically graded. Other question types, such as Essay,  require manual grading.

This article covers the how-to of creating tests in Blackboard. FAQs and recommendations regarding giving online tests and quizzes are covered in Giving Tests and Quizzes: Best Practices.

Instructional Continuity Note: While students can take Blackboard tests using the Blackboard Student mobile app, not all test features are supported. Please see this link for more information about what can and cannot be used in a test that you expect students to take using the mobile app.

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How to Build a Test and Add New Questions

  1. On the Control Panel, expand the Course Tools section and click Tests, Surveys, and Pools.
  2. On the Tests, Surveys, and Pools page, click Tests. Tests
  3. On the Tests page, click Build Test on the action bar. Build Test
  4. On the Test Information page, type a name for your test. You may also provide a description and/or instructions for your students
    . Test Information
  5. Click Submit. Submit
  6. On the Test Canvas, click on Create Question on the action bar and select a question type.
    Create Question
  7. On the Create/Edit page, provide the necessary information to create a question.
  8. Click Submit. Submit

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Question Settings

  1. On the Control Panel, expand the Course Tools section and click Tests, Surveys, and Pools.
  2. On the Tests, Surveys, and Pools page, click Tests.
  3. On the Tests page, access the test’s contextual menu and click Edit.
  4. On the Test Canvas, click Question Settings on the action bar. Question Settings
  5. On the Test Question Settings page, make your changes to the following options. Test Question Settings

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Deploying a Test

After you create a test or survey, the next step is to deploy it—make it available—to users in your course. There are 2 steps to this process, the first is to add the test to the content area. Adding a Test to a Content Area

  1. Navigate to the course area where you want to add a test or survey. (Ex: Course Documents or Assignments)
  2. On the action bar, select to Assessments and click Test. TestsDeploy
  3. Select a test or survey from the Add Test or Add Survey list to add an existing test, or click Create to build a new one from scratch.
    Add Test
  4. Click Submit.


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Setting the Test Options

Once you have selected an exam to be added to the content area, you will be taken to the Test Options page.

  1. Section One: Test Information, will contain the Name of the Exam, you can change it here one last time before deploying it.  Shows description, and test instructions.  You also have the option of having the test open in a new window or not. Test Information settings
  2. Section Two: Test Availability, is the section where you make the test available to students, set multiple attempts, set a time, as well as set a password for the exam if you wish.   For setting a timer, set expected completion time.  Selecting this option also records completion time for this test.  Students will see the timer option before they begin the test. If you turn Auto-Submit on for the timer, the test will save and submit automatically when time expires.Test Availability settings
  3. Section Three: Test Availability Exceptions, click Add User or Group to search for course users and groups to add to the exception list.  Timer and force completion must be enabled in the previous test availability step to enable those settings for exceptions.  If you choose to use groups, you must make the group unavailable if you do not want students to see group members.
  4. Section Four: Due Date, set the date the assessment is due.  Optionally, do not allow students to take a test once the due date has passed.  Submissions are accepted after this date, but are marked Late.
  5. Section Five: Self-Assessment Options, if this test is a self-assessment, choose to include or hide the scores in the Grade Center.
  6. Section Six: Show Test Results and Feedback to Students, test results and feedback are available to students after they complete a test.  Set up to two rules to show results and feedback.  Rules occur based on the events selected. TestFeedbackOptions
  7. Section Seven: Test Presentation, you can decide how you want the test to be presented to the students.  All the questions at once, questions one at a time where you also prohibit backtracking, and the questions in a randomized order.
  8. One you have selected all of your settings, click Submit. Submit

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Surveys in Blackboard

Surveys are created the same way as tests are in Blackboard.  The only difference is that the survey results are anonymous and will just display as a check mark in the Grade Center.

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