Blackboard: Creating and Deploying a Test

Creating a Test

  1. From the Control Panel, click Course Tools
  2. Click Tests, Surveys, and Pools
  3. Click Tests
  4. Click "Build Test"
  5. Enter a Name for the test with an optional Description and Instructions then click Submit

Course Tools in Control Panel

Tests, Surveys, and Pools in Control Panel

Click [Question Settings] to set the default point value for the most commonly used questions.  You can change the number of points whenever necessary.

Question Settings

  1. Select Create Question then select a question type from the list
  2. Fill out the Question Text and any answers the question requires
  3. Click Submit
  4. Repeat the steps to add additional questions to the test

Create test question dropdown

Question Types:

  • Calculated Formula
  • Calculated Numeric
  • Either/Or
  • Essay
  • File Response
  • Fill in Multiple Blanks
  • Fill in the Blank
  • Hot Spot
  • Jumbled Sentence
  • Matching
  • Multiple Answer
  • Multiple Choice
  • Opinion Scale/Likert
  • Ordering
  • Quiz Bowl
  • Short Answer
  • True/False

Blackboard will automatically create a grade column for the test results to be graded if you have objective questions and display the student's grades

Deploying a Test

  1. Select a Content Area (Assignments, Documents, etc.) where the test should be added
  2. Click Assessments
  3. Click Test
  4. Choose the existing test created
  5. Add options to the test such as due date and availability
  6. Click Submit

Select an existing test or create a new test

Tips for Setting Test Options

The following tips can be used to help ensure academic integrity in assessments:

  1. Randomize the question order in which answers appear for each question.
  2. Limit the availability of the test during a specified date/time period.
  3. Set a Timer to specify the number of hours and minutes that students will have to complete the test. This may discourage students from spending time during the test looking at outside materials. During a timed test, the time elapsed is displayed to students. If you set the timer, you can also turn on Auto-Submit to automatically save and submit a test when the time expires.
  4. Limit what types of feedback is displayed to students upon completion of a test. Available test options include test ‘Score’, ‘Submitted Answers’, ‘Correct Answers’, and ‘Feedback’. Providing test scores is important feedback that indicates how well students have performed and should be made available. However, through a process of elimination, students may be able to determine the correct answer for each test question if their submitted answers are identified as incorrect, or if the correct answer is provided.
  5. Consider displaying questions one-at-a-time. This works best for shorter tests of 20 questions or less.
  6. Create Blackboard Question Pools to define multiple questions that can be randomly included in tests.
  7. Use Random Blocks based on pools of questions to be sure that each student receives a different version of the test.
  8. If students have access to a laptop and webcam, consider using Respondus LockDown Browser and MonitorTo reduce test anxiety, provide a practice test prior to the first evaluation using these tools. The practice test may help students to know that they have the technology and skills to proceed with the test.