Blackboard Tests

Blackboard Tests








Blackboard Assessments (Tests)
There are three methods that can be used to create a test but in all cases there are three
steps:
1.
Create the questions (type them in or otherwise)
2.
Create the test (assemble the questions)
3.
Deploy the test (make it available to students)
Method 1 – Start in Control Panel, Course Tools, Tests, Surveys and Pools
Type the questions into a pool > Create a test > Deploy the test
This is the recommended method as it offers the most flexibility.
See Using Respondus to Create Bb Test Questions for another option to easily compile
questions into a pool outside of Blackboard.
Method 2 - Start in Control Panel, Course Tools, Tests, Surveys and Pools
Create a test (this will direct you to create the questions) > Deploy the test
Method 3 – In a content area hover over Assessment and create a test
Deploy the test (this will direct you to create the questions and by default create a test)

To Create a Pool
1. Go to Control Panel, Course Tools, and click on Tests, Surveys and Pools

2. Click on Pools
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3. Click on Build Pool

4. Name the Pool – make it topic relevant.
5. Click Submit
6. Add questions to the pool by clicking Create Question and selecting a question type

7. Feedback for correct and incorrect answers can be added if desired
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8. Add Categories and Key Words if desired. Once you add a category it will be available
to “choose from existing” for future questions.
Example: Fill in the Blank Question

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To Create a Test
1. Go to Control Panel, Course Tools, and click on Tests, Surveys and Pools
2. Click on Tests

3. Click on Build Test – within this area, there is space to type a description and
instructions. There is a similar opportunity when a test is deployed. Import Test will
allow an exported test (presumably from another class) to be imported (questions and
all)

4. Alternatively, you can go directly to the content area where the test will be deployed,
Click Assessments, Test then Create to Create New Test. Continue as shown below.

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5. Name the test and click Submit

6. Either click on Create Question to create new question or click on Reuse Questions
to pull questions from a pool or pre-existing test. Create Question offers the same
options available in creating questions within a pool. Reuse Question offers three
options:
a. Question Set – pull a set number of questions randomly from a list of chosen
questions. Use this to select the questions that will be chosen randomly.
b. Random Block – pull a set number of questions randomly from a pool. Use this
to make all of the questions in a pool available to be chosen.
c. Find Questions – all of the questions selected using this method will be used on
the test (no randomness)

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Click Reuse Question, Create Random Block
Select your pool(s)
Select all question types
Click Submit
Select number of questions to import
Click Submit
Input points per question
Click Submit

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9. Click OK

Specifically Selected Questions
1. Click Reuse
a. Select Create Question Set if you want them all to be the same number of points
b. Select Find Questions if you want to individually assign point values to
questions or make any of the extra credit
2. Select Pool (your pool and any tests will appear). Click Sort by Source Name to
organize)
3. Check question types to include
4. Check actual questions to include
5. Click Submit
6. Input points per question
7. Click Submit
8. Input total questions
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9. Click Submit
10. Click OK

Note: If you selected “Find Questions” you will have the option to select a Mode. Select
a mode – copy selected questions or link to original questions. If “link to original
questions” is selected, changes made to the original question will be made to those

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reused in other surveys. Select “copy original questions” to make alterations to the
original question.

To Deploy a Test:
1. Go into the content area in Blackboard where the student should go to create the test
2. Hover over Assessment and click on Test
3. From this screen either select a previously created test (note that previously
deployed tests will not appear in the list) or Create to create a test. If create is
chosen, a process similar to the one described above will be initiated.

4. Once the test is selected or created, the options for the test must be chosen. There are
many of them and most are self-explanatory. It is important to communicate some of
the selected options to students via the test description as they are not automatically
displayed:
a.
The number of attempts
b.
Completion status (once started, it must be finished)
c.
Time constraints
d.
Whether or not back-tracking is allowed
There is an incredible amount of flexibility afforded in the Blackboard testing
scenarios and much of learning how to use it involves a measure of trial and error.
Additional Resources: Blackboard Help https://help.blackboard.com

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