Tests, Surveys & Pools

You can create tests & surveys in Blackboard from the Tests, Surveys & Pools area within the Course Tools section of the Control Panel.

Most of these questions are automatically marked by the system but essay, file response and short answer require manual marking by a course instructor through the Grade Centre.

Blackboard provide more information about how to create, edit and mark tests on the Blackboard help site

Click Below for Videos and Tutorials on creating Tests (opens in a new window)

Create a Test (original)
Create a Test (ultra)
Create a test tutorial
Add questions to a test
Deploy a test
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Frequently asked questions

How do I create a Test? (Original Course)

Control Panel > Course Tools > Tests, Surveys, and Pools > Tests or Surveys On the Tests page, select Build Test. -OR- In the course materials Assessment > Test > Create.

  1. On the Test Information page, type a name. Optionally, provide a description and instructions.
  2. Select Submit.
  3. On the Test Canvas, from the Create Question menu, select a question type.
  4. On the Create/Edit page, provide the necessary information to create a question.
  5. Select Submit.
  6. When you have added all the questions you need, select OK. The test is added to the list on the Tests page and is ready to make available to students.

How do I add questions to an existing Test? (Original Course)

You can add new questions exactly where you want them on the Test or Survey Canvas. Select the plus sign before or after another question and choose a question type.

How do I deploy a Test? (Original Course)

After you create a test or survey, the next step is to deploy it. First, you add the test or survey to a content area, folder, learning module, or lesson plan. Then, you make the test or survey available to students.

  1. Navigate to where you want to add a test or survey.
  2. Select Assessments to access the menu and select Test or Survey.
  3. Select a test or survey from the list.
  4. Select Submit. The Test or Survey Options page appears.
  5. Make the test or survey available to students.
  6. Optionally, select the options for feedback and display, and set the due date and display dates.
  7. Select Submit.

How do I delete a Test? (Original Course)

You can delete a test or survey before or after you deploy it in a content area. Access the test or survey's menu and select Delete. The test or survey remains on the Tests or Surveys page where you can edit, redeploy, or delete it from the system. If no students have taken a test or survey and you delete it on the Tests or Surveys page, it's also removed from the content area. If students have already taken a test or survey, you can make it unavailable rather than delete it. If you try to delete a test with attempts, a warning appears with these options:

  • Preserve scores in the Grade Center for this Test, but delete all attempts for this Test. You can delete the test from the content area. Grades for this test will remain in the Grade Center, but the attempts will be deleted. You won't be able to view any of the students' responses or grade any questions after the deletion. The action is irreversible.
  • Remove this content item, the Grade Center item for this Test, all grades for this Test, and all attempts for this Test. You can delete the test from the content area and erase any record of the test from the Grade Center. All records of student performance are removed permanently. The action is irreversible.
On the Tests or Surveys page, you can permanently delete tests or surveys. If Delete doesn't appear in a test or survey's menu, you have deployed it in a content area. You need to delete a deployed test or survey from the content area before you can delete it from the Tests or Surveys page.

What question types are available in Blackboard Tests? (Original Course)

To view all the question types available in Blackboard Tests and how to create them please visit here.

How do I grade essay questions in a Test? (Original Course)

You access tests that need grading on the Needs Grading page or in the Grade Center. On the Grade Test page, you can navigate among students and attempts, view rubrics, grade anonymously, and view information about a test. If a test has questions that you need to assign scores for, the test status is Needs Grading and the Attempt Score is 0.

  1. On the Grade Test page, type a score for each question that isn't graded automatically. You can also change existing scores.
  2. Optionally, if you associated a rubric with Essay, Short Answer, or File Response questions, select View Rubric to grade the question with the rubric.
  3. Optionally, add Response Feedback specific to the individual question. If you want your feedback to show for individual questions such as Essays, select that option on the Questions Settings page. Though a Response Feedback text box displays by default, students won't see any feedback you add unless you select the option. You can't provide individual feedback for answers to True/False, Ordering, and Matching questions.
  4. Optionally, type comments in the Feedback to Learner box.
  5. Optionally, type comments in the Grading Notes box. This text is not seen by students.
Select Save and Exit to return to the Full Grade Center, the Needs Grading page, or the Grade Details page, based on where grading began. -OR- Select Save and Next to display the next student, if available. -OR- Use the arrows to navigate to the previous or next student, if available.

How do I grade by specific question? (Original Course)

For each test, you can choose to grade all responses to a specific question. You can save time as you concentrate only on the answers submitted for one question. You can see how all students responded, and provide immediate feedback about how the group performed on that particular question.

  1. In the Grade Center, access a test column's menu and select Grade Questions. -OR- On the Needs Grading page, access a test's menu and select Grade by Question.

  2. On the Grade Questions page, you can filter the questions by status: Graded, Needs Grading, or In Progress. You may also select the check box for Grade with User Names Hidden if needed.
  3. For each question, select the number in the Responses column.
  4. On the Grade Responses page, expand the Question Information link to view the question.
  5. Select Edit next to the score for a student.
  6. Type a grade in the Score box. Optionally, add Response Feedback specific to the individual question. The feedback box only appears for certain question types, such as Essays. Select Submit.
  7. Optionally, if you associated a rubric with Essay, Short Answer, or File Response questions, select View Rubric to grade the question with the rubric.
  8. After grading all student responses, select Back to Questions to return to the Grade Questions page.

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