The following resources show:

  1. How to create a test.
  2. How to deploy a test.
  3. How students complete a test.
  4. Trouble-shooting during a test.
  5. How to mark a test with non-automatically marked questions.

Tests: Roles and Responsibilities

Academics are responsible for test content and ensuring that tests are set up correctly – see Blackboard Tests: quality checking your test.

Formal or summative tests: Academics should liaise with their Programme Administration team in good time before tests take place to clarify roles or arrange additional support, for example, to ensure tests are set up correctly or to deploy the test in the Blackboard module.

Recommended Settings for Tests

There is specific guidance on the settings to use for formal summative assessments:

Recommended settings for Online Exam submission points (Word document) Updated for Summer 2023

In-class tests Recommended settings (2020/21) (Word document)

These settings should be used when creating and deploying a Blackboard test and adhered to wherever possible. If you need to deviate from these settings for any reason you should liaise with your Senior Programme Administrator. 

For other uses of Blackboard Tests, for example, formative quizzes, you can choose your own settings but be aware that adding restrictions on how students can take a test can increase requirements for support when the test is taken.

1. How to create a Test 

Screencast: How to create a Blackboard test (10 mins)

Getting started – creating a test:

Timed tests:

Question management:


2. How to deploy a Test 

Screencast: How to deploy a test (11 mins)

3. How students complete the Test

Screencast: How a student completes a test (4 mins)

Students have access to guidance on how to complete and submit a Blackboard Test. TEL Support site for Students: Blackboard Tests

4. Trouble-shooting

The following guides may be of use should a student have a technical difficulty whilst completing or submitting a test attempt and require staff intervention:

5. Marking the Test

Screencast: How to mark a test (non-automatically marked questions) (10 mins)

Marking and moderating Blackboard Tests

Marking File Response questions

Marking with usernames hidden

Viewing Student Scores

Downloading Test results

Analyse data from a Blackboard Test

Video playlist on Blackboard Tests

This playlist enables you to watch, in sequence and in less than 35 minutes, the instructional videos featured on this page: how to create a test, deploy a test, how a student completes a test, and how to mark non-automatically marked test questions.

Page last updated on April 5, 2023 by taralehane

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