Blackboard (Faculty) - Tests, Surveys, and Pools: Create a Test or Survey

This document provides an overview of creating a test or survey.

The following instructions will apply to both Tests and Surveys.

Create the Test Shell

  1. From the Control Panel, click on Course Tools.
  2. Click on Test, Surveys, and Pools.
  3. Click on Tests (or Survey).
  4. Click on the Build Test button.

Name: Name the test. The name of the test should not only reflect the topic of the test, (Respiratory, as opposed to Chapter 1) but should be kept short (Ch1: Respiratory). The title of the test will appear as the column title in the Grade Center. The columns in the Grade Center do not expand to fit the length of the title, so longer titles will be cut off.

Description: The description is option. This description will appear under the test link when it is deployed in a content area. This is editable both from the Test area and the deployed link by clicking Edit Test Options. Any information that the students need to see before they click on the test link should be placed in this area.

Add description to test shell

Instructions: The instructions are also optional. These will appear to students once they click on the test link, but before they begin the test.

Descriptions and Instructions for test

Click Submit at the bottom of the page.

Add Questions

Once the test or survey shell is created, the next step is to add the questions.

Question Settings

First review the Question Settings. Click on Question Settings in the upper right corner of the screen.

Checking or unchecking boxes will determine what is seen or hidden with each question type.
The most notable option is the Default Points under scoring. All questions will default to 10 points and must be changed manually unless this setting is changed.

Add a Question

Hover your mouse over the Create Question button. A drop down menu will appear. Select the type of question you wish to add. Multiple Choice questions are the most popular, so that is the question described below.

Question Title: Optional.

Question Text: Type in the question text or copy from a Word document and paste the text in the text box. Some browsers, like Firefox, will not allow you to use the paste tool. You will need to use the keyboard short cut of Control (Ctrl) and V.

Options: Select the option.

  • Answer Numbering: Select None, Arabic numerals, Roman numerals, upper case letters, or lower case letter.
  • Answer Orientation: Vertical or Horizonal
  • Allow partial credit
  • Show Answers in Random Order (this option is strong recommended as it is one of the options that deters cheating)

Answers: The template defaults to 4 answers. If you wish more, click on the "Number of Answers" drop down box and select the number of answers.
If you wish less answers, click the Remove button next to the extra answer.

Type or paste (Ctrl + V) your answers into each box.
Click the radio button next to the correct answer. Note, if you randomize the answers in the Options step, it does not matter what order you put the answers in the boxes, but you MUST select the correct answer by clicking on the radio button.

Feedback: Enter Correct Response Feedback and/or Incorrect Response Feedback. This is optional but recommended if you are using quizzes as an educational tool as well as an assessment tool.

Submit: Click Submit or Submit and Create Another at the bottom of the page.

Questions Points

The question will default to 10 points unless you change the default points in the settings. You may also change the points by clicking on the Points box to the right of the question and typing in a new number. Click Submit to change the points.

Deploy Test in Content Area

  • Click on the + to expand the instructions.
    • Deploy Test in Content Area

      Once a test or survey is created, it must be deployed or linked within a content area or folder.

      1. Select the content area or folder you wish to deploy the test or survey.
      2. From the menu bar, click on Assessments, then click on Tests (or Survey).
      3. Select the test. The most recently created tests are at the bottom of the list. The tests are not in alphabetical order.
      4. Click Submit.

      You will be sent to the "Test Options" page. The test is not available until you make it available with settings.

      Test Options

      Test Information

      Name: The name originally given to the test is displayed. You may change that name here if you wish.

      Content Link Description: The description has also carried offer from when you created the test. This may also be changed here.

      Open test in a new window: This option is defaulted to no. Opening the test in a new window will allow student the option to search the course for materials or open other browser windows while the test is still open. If you do not want this, leave the option No.

      Test Availability

      Make link available: Set to Yes. This must be set to Yes even if you have adaptive release rules set (see below).

      Add a new announcement: Yes will send an announcement when the test opened.

      Multiple Attempts: Check this box if you wish to allow your student to take a test more than once. Once the box is check, determine if you want to allow

      • Unlimited attempts - useful if the quiz is for assessing if a chapter is read or if you want to use this test for student to self check their understanding.
      • Number of attempts - useful if students get kicked out of a test.

      Each attempt will be saved and you will be able to see the results of each attempt.

      Score attempts using: Select which attempt will be calculated into the Grade Center.

      Forced Completion: Once started, the test will have to be completed. It can not be saved and returned. If this option is selected, students will not be able to review the test questions, save the test, look up answers and return to the test. However, if students do get kicked out of a test with forced competition, you will have to go back and reset the test for them to retake it.

      Set Timer: This option is recommend to limit the time students spend on the test. Estimate how long it should take students to answer each question and give a little extra time. For example, if the test has 25 multiple choice questions, allow 30 minutes to take the test. This will help ensure that the students do not have time to look up answers online or from a text book.

      Auto-submit: When the auto submit is on, the test will save and automatically submit when the time has expired. With auto submit off, the user will be given the option to continue after the time expires.

      Display After and Display Until: This sets that adaptive release of the link to the test for a specific date and time. This does not determine how long a student can take the test (Set Time). For example, if the link to a test is set to display until 10pm and the students have 1 hour to take the test, the students can click on the test link as late as 9:59pm and have until 10:59pm (1 hour) to finish the test.

      Password: this is optional. A password typed in here must be given to the students or they will not be able to access the test. When using Respondus Lockdown Browser, do not put a password in this box.

      Test Availability Exception

      This area is used to override the above settings for individual students or groups. This is where you identify students who need extra time to take a test due to DSS polices, or for student that have to retake a test.

      Due Date

      The Due Date will trigger notifications in the Planner area and will mark submissions as "Late" in the Grade Center. This has nothing to do with the adaptive release dates and times in the "Test Availability" section. However, checking the box "Do not allow student to start Test..." will make the test unavailable no matter what settings are set in the "Test Availability" or "Test Availability Exception" sections.

      Self-Assessment Options

      Accept the defaults in this section.

      Show Test Results and Feedback to Students

      Set these setting for students to see the feedback after taking the test. To see what the students see as a result of the selected settings, see Test Setting from Student View knowledge base article.

      Test Presentation

      Choose between "All at Once" or "One at a Time." If you select "One at a Time" you have to option to select "Prohibit Backtracking." Note: if you are using Respondus Lockdown Browser, do not select "Prohibit Backtracking." There is a known issue with this combination.

      Randomize Questions: This option is suggested as a way to help discourage cheating.

      Click Submit when finished.

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Keywords:blackboard, black board, bb, test, testing, survey, poll, surveys, assessment, review   Doc ID:56888
Owner:Laura M.Group:Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Created:2015-09-29 08:35 CSTUpdated:2017-08-28 12:26 CST
Sites:Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
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