Tests and Quizzes
Tests and Quizzes are created to check the knowledge and skill level of users enrolled
in the Course. The instructor can assign point values to each question on exams or
quizzes. When a Student completes a Test, it is automatically graded and the results
are recorded in the Grade Center. Questions that require manual grading are marked
in the Grade Center and can be graded later.
Creating a Test
Tests are sets of questions that are graded to measure student performance. Once a test is created in Blackboard, it must be deployed within a content folder before students can take the test. Note that some question types are not automatically graded (e.g. essay and short answer). The test or quiz item is automatically placed in the Grade Center if the instructor gives a possible point value during set-up. Students access the test through their Blackboard if made available and once finished; their score is calculated and will appear in your Grade Center. These tutorials will go over how to create a test and the types of questions available.
Available Tutorials: Create a Test (PDF), Deploy a Test (PDF), Update Point Values (PDF), Export Test (PDF), Import Test (PDF)
Available Videos: Creating a Test (VIDEO), Setting Test Options (VIDEO), Exporting and Importing a Test or Survey (VIDEO)
Questions are grouped in Pools to be used in other tests and surveys. The Find Questions page allows instructors to search for and add questions to tests and surveys.
Available Tutorials: Create a Pool (PDF), Create Test from Pool (PDF), Create a Question Set (PDF), Create a Random Block (PDF)
Available Videos: Building a Pool (VIDEO), Create a Random Block and Adding it to a Test (VIDEO)
When creating a Blackboard assessment (test or quiz), the following three options
are strongly recommended in order to prevent the chances of your students being locked
out of the assessment while taking it:
- Never combine "Force Completion" under Test Availability with "Randomize Questions" under Test Presentation. This specific combination causes a lot of assessment problems
such as students being locked out.
- Do not use "Force Completion" under Test Availability. It is suggested you avoid using "Force Completion" and
to use the "Display after" and "Display Until" availability options under Test Availability
to control students' access to the test. Using "Force Completion" increases the chances
of assessment problems.
- If you truly want to force completion then it is recommended that you use the Respondus Lockdown Browser which is the most secure way to administer a test using Blackboard and has a built
in forced completion.
- If you truly want to force completion then it is recommended that you use the Respondus Lockdown Browser which is the most secure way to administer a test using Blackboard and has a built in forced completion.
- Do not use "Randomize Questions" under Test Presentation. It is recommended to never use the "Randomize Questions"
option under Test Presentation; instead, develop a large pool of questions and create
assessments using a Random Block when the assessment is created.
If possible, set up assessments in "All at Once" mode (instead of "One at a Time")
since the entire assessment is saved. "One at a Time" mode increases the likelihood
of possible navigational and interface errors by students, which leads to assessment
issues such as students being locked out of the assessment. Encourage students to
avoid using the Save button next to each question; rather, use the Save button at
the bottom of the page after answering several questions.
If your assessment is extremely long or if you would really prefer to use "One at a Time" mode, let students know that clicking the forward arrow will save each question automatically. If there are a number of essay questions mixed in with other type questions, create a separate test just for the essay questions.
Use "Multiple Attempts" under Test Availability as single-attempt assessments will increase the risk of lockouts. It is recommended to use this option with the "Display After" and "Display Until" availability options.
Avoid using the "Prohibit Backtracking" option under Test Presentation.
Examining the Assessment
Avoid assessment questions that require students to use external software, other websites, or other sections in Blackboard to complete the assessment. For high stakes assessments or cheating considerations, strongly consider using a proctor or testing center to administer the assessment.