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Online Exams 2024 recommended settings

Programme Admins:

  • Please see Recommended settings for Online Exam submission points (Word Document) for recommended and essential settings. This is designed as a working document for Programme Administration teams, to help them apply consistent settings for the Exam submission points and tests. The document details recommended settings. Some settings are marked ESSENTIAL – they have been agreed at University level and must be applied to all Online Exams.
  • For guidance and support, please see “Useful links” below.
  • If you need a refresher training session on “How to create and Manage different type of Submission points” in Blackboard Original courses, please raise a support ticket via self service portal, or by emailing to dts@reading.ac.uk with subject “Request for Online Exams Refresher Training – TEL”.


  • If you have questions about the settings being applied for your module exams, please check these with your Programme Administrator in the first instance.

Useful guides:

Online Exams content areas on Blackboard courses

  • “Online Exams” content areas have been added to the course menus of every module where there is an Online Exam.
  • This content area contains
    • A copy of the generic Online Exam Instructions which is being inserted into all exam papers.
    • Details of where students should go for help.
  •  The ‘Online Exams’ area is also where Programme Administrators upload Exam papers and create submission points – to become visible at 09:00 UK time on the day of the exam.

Online Exams Practice courses

All students sitting Summer exams have access to an Online Exams Practice course.

The Practice course is intended to give students the opportunity to test downloading and uploading documents, understand what instructions they will see on exam papers, as well as to identify and resolve any technical issues ahead of the exam period.

All types of submission points are available, and this will allow the students to test the different exam types Schools will have set. The Practice area will be open throughout the exams period and students can access it, and submit to it, as many times as they want.

Students on modules using Gradescope for exams this summer will also have been provided with access to a Gradescope practice exam.

If you wish to check out the resources that students have access to, you can can self-enrol on any of the Practice courses.

Guidance for students

Page last updated on April 16, 2024 by Asif Muhammad

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