Tests


File Response

Create a File Response Question
  1. In your learning module, click on Assessments → Tests (tests and quizzes are built using the test tool).
  2. Choose Create Test and complete the test title and instructions fields
  3. On the action bar, point to Create Question to access the drop-down list.
    An image of the "Create Test" page, with the "Create Question" menu expanded adn "File Responses" highlighted.
  4. Select File Response.
  5. Using the paperclip tool, upload your test file. Your test file can comprise many questions but you will be creating a one-question test in Blackboard.
    And image of the text editor, with the paperclip tool highlighted.
  6. Be sure to name all files according to Blackboard naming conventions (letters, numbers, or underscore_ only. Do not use capslock. For example: Midterm_SU15). Document types can be word, excel, or pdf.
  7. Tell your students what to name their test response file to make it easy to organize their files.
  8. Click Submit.
An example of what the test will look like from the instructor view.

Instructor View

An example of what the test will look like from the student view.

Student View

Grading the Test
  1. To grade the test, you would go to the full grade center and locate the column where with the test name.
  2. Hover into a student cell until you see a little arrow.
  3. Click the arrow and choose Attempt from the drop-down menu.
    A view of the gradbook, with the contextual menu for an item expanded and a student's attempt highlighted.
  4. On the next screen, you will see the ‘Given Answer‘ where you will see the student‘s file upload/submission.
  5. You can download or open this submission.
    An Image of the grading page. The original test file is listed first. The Student Submission is labeled as the "Give Answer". You can score and provide feeback on this page
  6. Enter the score for the student.
  7. Be sure to choose Submit.
Editing the Test or Uploading a Different File

If you want to use a different test file each term, it is simple to edit the test.

  1. Go to Course Management Tools (under the left-hand course menu)
  2. Choose Course Tools → Tests, Surveys, and Pools
  3. Choose “Tests”
  4. Locate the name of the test you wish to edit and hover over it until you see the little arrow appear.
    An image of a test with the contextual menu expanded and "Edit" highlighted.
  5. Click on the little arrow and choose Edit from the drop-down menu
  6. Go to the File Response question and hover over the title until you see the little arrow
    A contextual menu appears next to teh name of the file, and you can choose "edit" there to change the linked file.
  7. Click on the little arrow and choose Edit from the drop-down menu.
  8. Delete the hyperlink to the old file by highlighting the text and deleting it.
  9. Use the paperclip tool to attach your new test file.
    And image of the text editor, with the paperclip tool highlighted.
  10. Choose Submit.

Import a Test

Question Creation
  1. Launch Microsoft Word.
  2. Type the questions and answers using the following formatting rules:
    • Each question must be numbered (although they do not have to be in order).
    • Answers must be listed vertically (they can be labeled if desired – a., b., c., etc.).
    • For multiple choice, multiple answer, and true/false questions, correct answers are preceded with an asterisk (*).
    • A single space should separate one question from the next.
  3. When finished creating questions, save the Word document. Before closing Word, copy all of the text (keyboard shortcut: CTRL + A to select all, then CTRL + C to copy).""
  4. Open a web browser and go to the Blackboard Test Generator.
  5. Paste the copied text into the Test Generator box (keyboard shortcut: CTRL + V to paste). Click ‘Save as text file.‘

There are two options for the next step, depending on the type of computer you use and the applications available:

  • You will be prompted to open a Text file. Open the file and review the text, if desired. You will notice that each question is labeled by type and correct/incorrect answers are identified.

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  • Open a word document and paste in the text from the test generator. Save this document as a .txt file.[/3)AccordionText]
Upload the questions to Blackboard
  • Launch Blackboard and navigate to the desired course.
  • Go to the Control Panel > Course Tools> Tests, Surveys, and Pools > Tests.
  • Click the ‘Build Test‘ button and give the test a name. If desired, fill in a description and instructions (optional).
  • Click Submit.
  • You will now be on the ‘Test Canvas‘ screen. Click the ‘Upload Questions‘ button at the top of the screen.
  • Click ‘Browse‘ to browse and select the .txt file saved earlier. Enter a value for points per question, if desired. Click Submit.
  • The questions will be imported and can be edited just like any other Blackboard test.
  • It is very important to check every test question to ensure that it matches your original test document from MS Word.

The test has been imported, but it has not yet been deployed to the Blackboard course.

Deploy a Test
  1. Make sure ‘Edit Mode‘ is on.
  2. Navigate to the desired area in your course where you want the test to appear.
  3. Click the ‘Create Assessment‘ button at the top of the screen and select ‘Test.‘
  4. Select the desired test from the ‘Add Test‘ box and click Submit.
  5. Select the various test options (availability, timer, feedback options, etc.).
  6. Click Submit – the test should now be available to students in the course.

Question Pools

Create a Pool
  • Go to Course Tools → Tests, Surveys, and Pools→ Pools
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  • Click on “Build Pool”
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  • Enter in the Name, Description, and Instructions of the pool
  • Click the Submit button
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Create Question
  • Click the Create Question button
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  • Select the type of questions you would like to create
Find Questions
  • Find questions will allow you to add questions to your pool from other tests or pools.
  • Select the Find Questions button and a Find Questions pop up window will appear ""
  • Select the pools or tests to view the questions included using the Browse Criteria panel on the left side of the screen.
  • Select the questions that you would like to include in your pool by using the checkboxes to the left of each question or the select all checkbox.
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  • Click the Submit button to add the selected questions to your pool.

Resubmitting a Test

Allow More than One Attempt

When adding a test to your course, you have the option to select the Multiple Attempts checkbox. You can select Multiple Attempts and Number of Attempts = 2. You will want to mention to your students that the second attempt will only be considered if the student has contacted you first and provided documentation of the technical issue.
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Ignore Attempt

If the student has taken the test the maximum number of times, you can ignore their attempts, which will keep the original attempt score, but it will not be counted towards the students overall grade. To ignore a student‘s attempt:

  1. Go to the Full Grade Center in Blackboard and locate the student‘s name and the column for the test.
  2. Click on the gray arrow and Select View Grade Details.
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  3. Click the Ignore Attempt button.
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  4. Once you select Ignore Attempt, it will change to say “Do Not Ignore Attempt.” You will also see “- Attempt Ignored” next to the original score in the Value column. This indicates that the attempt has been ignored and the student will be able to complete the test again. This also means that you can ‘undo‘ your choice.
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Clear Attempt

If the student has taken the test the maximum number of times, you can clear their attempts, which will NOT keep the original attempt score. We recommend that instructors use the ‘Ignore‘ attempt but this option is available. To clear a student‘s attempt:

  1. Go to the Full Grade Center in Blackboard and locate the student‘s name and the column for the test.
  2. Click on the gray arrow and Select View Grade Details.
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  3. Click the Clear Attempt button.
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  4. Once you select Clear Attempt, You will see a popup similar to the one shown below. It is confirming that you want to delete the student‘s attempt.
Test Availability Exceptions

Test Availability Exceptions will allow you to customize the number of attempts for a student.

  1. Make sure Edit Mode is ON.
  2. Locate the test in your course and click the gray arrow to view the test options.
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  3. Click Edit The Test Options.
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  4. Under the Test Availability Exceptions section, click the Add User or Group button.
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  5. On the popup window, click on the checkbox to the left of the student‘s name.
  6. Click the submit button and the popup will close. You will now see the student(s) you selected listed under the Test Availability Exceptions.
  7. Under the Attempts column, you want to change the drop down to say Multiple Attempts and enter 2 in the text box. This will allow the listed student(s) to have 2 attempts of this test.
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  8. You will want to make sure the test is still available for this student by customizing the Availability.
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