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Blackboard Ultra: Faculty Resource: Test


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  • You can create tests alongside the other content students need.
  • You can expand or create a folder or learning module and add a test within a folder or learning module.
  • When you create a test, a grade book item is created automatically.  
  • After you post test grades, students can view their scores on their grades pages or in the activity stream. Also, students can access associated rubrics, submission, instructor feedback, and their grade from the test on the Course Content page.

Create a Test

1. On the Course Content page, select the "plus sign" where you want to add a test.

2. In the menu, select Create to open the Create Item panel

3. Select Test, and the New Test page opens.

New Test Page - Details Settings

Image of Test Settings

Details and Information

a. Provide a due date. Due dates appear on the calendar and the activity stream.

b. Prohibit late submissions.  In progress submissions will be submitted automatically. 

c. Prohibit new attempts after the due date. Students can not submit after the due date. 

d. Allow class conversations. If you allow, students can discuss the test with you and their classmates while the test is available.

e. Display one question at a time. Focus on one question at a time rather than seeing all questions.

f. Randomize questions and answers. You can use one or both settings, so tests appear differently for each student.

g. Collect submissions offline. You can add grades for oral presentations and projects delivered in person.

Grading and Submissions

h. Grade category. You can use the default or customer grade categories.

i. Attempts allowed. If you allow multiple attempts, you can choose how the final grade is calculated.

j. Grade Using.  Selecting a grading schema such as points, percentages, or letter grades.

k. Maximum Points. If you create a test that only consists of text blocks, you can manually set the maximum score.

l. Anonymous grading. You can enable anonymous grading, so student names are hidden while you grade. 

m. Evaluation Option. Suppose you want to use two graders per student.  The system randomly assigns graders to students.

n. Assessment grade. Click to choose to post a grade automatically. 

Assessment Results

o. Submission Review. Choose options when you want students to view their submission: after the due date, after all grades are posted, individual grades are posted, or on a specific date. 

p. Automated Question Feedback.

q. Question Scores

r. Correct answers check box to allow students to see the correct answers after submitting the test.

Assessment Security

s. Access Code. Add an access code to start the test. Codes are randomly generated, and you can not customize them at this time. 

Additional Tools

t. Add a time limit. The tests are submitted automatically when the time is up. Also, you can allow students to work past the time limit.

u. Use grading rubric. Add a rubric for tests without questions.

v. Add goals and standards

w. Assigned groups.  See separate section on group assignments.Assessment>Assignments.

x.  Originality Report. Enable SafeAssign Originality Report any time, even after students have started their submissions.

y. Add an optional description. The optional description appears with the test tile on the Course Content page. 


Add Questions to a Test

1. When you create a new test, select the "plus sign to open the menu and select the question type. You can also reuse questions and content from existing assessments. 

2. The "Test Content" area opens where you type the question and answer choices for multiple-choice questions. Questions have a default value of 10 points. Select the "Points" box to type a new value.


3. You can use the options in the editor to format the text.