This article will help you to create and deploy tests using the Blackboard Test tool. Creating a test in Blackboard is a two-step process. You must first create a test, and then you must deploy a link to the test in a Blackboard Content Area.

To create and then deploy a new test:

Creating a new Blackboard test

  1. From within any content area, mouse-over the Create Assessment button, and click Test (see, Fig. 1). The Create Test page will display.

    Fig. 1, Create Assessment button menu

  2. Under Add Test, click the Create  button. The Test Information page will display.

    Note: This process is for creating and deploying a new test. If you have already created a test in the current Blackboard course site, but you have not yet deployed it, that test will appear in the Add Test list. To deploy one of these tests, click its name in the list, click Submit, and skip to the next section: Deploying a Blackboard test.

  3. On the Test Information page, type a name for your test in the Name field.

    Note: It is best to give tests descriptive names (e.g., Week 1 Practice Test).

  4. (Optional) Type a description and instructions for the test in the Description and Instructions fields, respectively.
  5. Click Submit. The Test Canvas will display.
  6. To create new questions for this test, mouse-over the Create Question button and click the desired question type (See, Fig. 2).

    Fig. 2, Create Question button menu

    Some popular question types:
    • *Multiple Choice: Students choose one correct answer from a list of several options
    • *Multiple Answer: Students choose all correct answers from a list of several options
    • Essay: Students compose a response to an open-ended question (a large text box is provided for students' responses).
    • Short Answer: Students compose a response to an open-ended question (a small text box is provided for students' responses).
    • *True/False: Students choose whether a statement is true or false.
    • *Fill in the Blank: Students type a response into a blank space in the question text.

    Note: Blackboard is able to grade Multiple Choice, Multiple Answer, True/False, and other fixed-answer reponses. Fill in the Blank questions can be graded by Blackboard, but the instructor must provide a set of acceptable responses (e.g., to account for variations in spelling).

  7. After choosing an option from the Create Question button menu, the Create/Edit [Question Type] page will display (where [Question Type] is the name of the question type chosen). Fill out the form fields on the page. For directions specific to the various question types, click More Help  at the top of the page. When you are finished writing the question, click Submit.

  8. Repeat step 8 above until you are satisfied with the test's content.
  9. When you are finished writing your test, click the OK  button in the bottom-right corner of the Test Canvas. Your test has now been created. To deploy the test to your students, see the next section: Deploying a Blackboard test.

Deploying a Blackboard test

Note: If you are continuing the process described in the previous section, skip to step 3 in the process outlined in this section.
  1. Navigate to the Content Area or folder where you want to deploy your test.
  2. From the Create Assessment button, click Test (see Fig. 1, above). The Create Test page will display.
  3. From the list of undeployed tests in the Add Test field, click the test you want to add.
  4. Click Submit. The Test Options page will display.
  5. In the Name field, type a name for the test link. This is the text of the link students will click to begin the test.

    Note: By default, the text appearing in the Name field is the name of the test you created in the section above (Creating a new Blackboard test). It is recommended that you keep this default, as it will minimize confusing when referencing the test to your students and when working in the Grade Center.

  6. Type a description for the test link in the Description field (e.g., "This test measures your comprehension of Chapter 1 in the textbook.")
  7. Under Test Availability, configure several options for when and how the test will be made available. See the following for a description of each option:
    • Make the Link Available: This makes the link available to students. You must choose Yes for date restriction settings to be applied (see below).
    • Add a New Announcement for this Test: This generates an Announcement notifying students that the test is available.
    • Force Completion: ET@MO recommends not using the Force Completion option, unless there is a compelling reason to employ it. If students experience a technical or computer problem (e.g., disconnection from the internet) while taking your test, Force Completion does not allow them an opportunity to continue the test where they left off. See Set Timer for a better option.
    • Set Timer: This begins a countdown when students begin a test. The timer does not stop for any reason (i.e., students cannot look at the questions on a test, close the test, and the come back after looking up or working out the answers). However, if a student has a technical or computer problem and has to close the test, the test can be resumed. The student will have the remainder of the time (less any time spent re-opening the test) to complete and submit the test.

      Set Timer does not kick students out of a test in progress. If students submit the test after the timer expisers, the amount of time spent on the test is noted in the Grade Center, and the test will not be automatically graded.

    • Date Restrictions: Checking the Display After check box will make the test available after the date and time specified. Checking the Display Until check box will make the test unavailable after the date and time specified. You must answer Yes to Make the Link Available for these date restriction settings to apply.
    • Password: Requires students to type a password in order to access the test. This is useful for proctored exams.
    • Test Availability Exceptions: Allows you to change the number of attempts, the time limit, or the date ranges for particular Users or Groups.
  8. ET@MO recommends avoiding the Due Date field. See the above Date Restriction settings description for a better alternative.
  9. Under Test Presentation, choose All at Once to display all test questions on one page. Choose One at a Time to display each question one one page. If you choose One at a Time, check Prohibit Backtracking if you do not want students to return to a question after moving on to the next question.
  10. If you want questions to be presented in a random order, click Randomize Questions.
  11. Click Submit. A link to your test will now appear in the Content Area or folder.