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Assessment: Tests

Frequently tests and quizzes are the instruments used to assess student's learning.  Most questions types are automatically graded with grades added to the Blackboard grade center.  Essay and short answer questions are two question types that must be manually graded.  There is a wide range of question types available in Blackboard, but before you look at question types, you must create your test. (Click here to go back to the transitioning to Blackboard tests webpage.)  Information about testing labs for you to share with your students.

First, you will need to:

  1. Create the test
  2. Set up the structure
  3. Add your questions (question types appear below)
  4. Choose the question settings

After you add the questions, you will need to deploy your test:

  1. Make the test available
  2. Add an announcement (optional)
  3. Set test availability
  4. Test feedback
  5. Choose Test presentation

Open and/or print out this information in PDF format about Creating Tests in Blackboard.

Learn more about creating tests and quizzes by viewing the following video tutorials. Each video will open in a new window or tab.

 Below is the wide range of question types available in Blackboard.  The link on each question type will open a video tutorial.  (The video will open in a new window or tab.)

  • Calculated Formula: Contains a formula with a number of variables. The correct answer can be a specific value or a range of values.
  • Calculated Numeric Response: Resembles a fill-in-the-blank question except a number is entered to complete the statement. The correct answer can be a specific number or within a range of numbers.  
  • Essay: A question where the answer must be typed in a text box.
  • Fill in Multiple Blanks: Multiple responses are inserted into a sentence or paragraph.
  • Fill in the Blank: A statement that requires an answer to complete it. Answers are evaluated based on an exact text match.
  • Hot Spot: A specific point on an image is used to indicate the answer. For example, selecting all the countries in South America by clicking on each one on a map.
  • Jumbled Sentence: A sentence with a number of variables within it.
  • Matching: Two columns of items where each item in the first column must be matched to an item in the second column.
  • Matching: A question that allows users to pair items in one column to items in another column and grants partial credit for correct matches.
  • Multiple Answer: A number of choices with one or more correct answers.
  • Multiple Choice: Allows a number of choices with one correct answer. Indicate the correct answer by selecting the correct answer.
  • Opinion Scale / Likert: A rating scale used to measure attitudes or reactions.
  • Ordering: A question that requires users to provide an answer by selecting the correct order of a series of items.
  • Quiz Bowl: An answer appears; the users responds with a who, what, or where question to respond.
  • Short Answer: Similar to Essay questions; answer length is limited.
  • True / False: A statement with the option to choose either true or false. True/False answer options are limited to the words True and False.

Retention Center:

The retention center is a new tool and replaces the early warning system tool. Retention uses pre-defined and instructor-defined rules to help identify students who are at risk and provides a means to communicate with these students.Learn more about the retention center by viewing the following tutorials:

Item Analysis:

Item analysis provides statistics on overall test performance and individual test questions.

Learn more about item analysis by viewing the following tutorials: