Test Options in Blackboard

Test options can be customized to meet the specific needs of the instructor, students, and the course.

Accessing Test Options

Test options can be set when the test is deployed in any Content Area in Blackboard. If a test is already in a Content Area, test options can be edited by clicking on the dropdown arrow next to the test name and selecting Edit the Test Options.

Test Availability

Blackboard tests must be available in order for students access and complete the test.

  • Multiple Attempts
    • If enabled, choose whether to give students an unlimited number or a specific number of attempts.
    • Use the drop-down menu to specify what you attempt you would like to be scored.
  • Force Completion
    • If selected, students must complete the test in one sitting. Blackboard will automatically submit the test once a student navigates away from the test regardless of the student having completed all of the questions. The Force Completion setting will auto-submit the test in the cases where a student accidentally closes their browser, clicks away from the test page, lose power or lose wi-fi Internet connections. Students will need to contact the instructor and it is up to the instructor's discretion to allow another attempt in these cases.
      We DO NOT recommend the use of the Force Completion setting. You may want to reserve the use of the Force Completion setting option and it is recommended that tests be taken on a connected wired Ethernet computer whenever possible.
  • Set Timer
    • If selected, choose the amount of time you would like to give students to complete the test. Setting the Auto-Submit option will submit the test once the timer expires. If you don't select Auto-Submit, students can continue to complete the test once the timer expires. Those submissions will be marked as Late and you have the option to adjust the grades accordingly. You may want to consider the use of a Timer without the Force Completion setting enabled.
      If you have students who need extended time on tests, you can allow for this accommodation within the Test Availability Exceptions section.


Test Availability Exceptions

Test options can be modified to reflect accommodations needed for specific students. These options can be used to:

  • Allow single, multiple, or unlimited attempts to specific students or groups of students
  • Allow extended time on tests
  • Provide different test availability dates

Learn more about how to modify test options to allow for student accommodations.


Due Date

Instructors can choose to set a due date for the test. If a due date is selected, instructors can choose whether or not to allow submissions after the due date.

test due date


Self-Assessment Options

  • Instructors can choose whether or not to include test results in the Grade Center. This is useful if the test grade does not count toward a student's grade.
  • Instructors may choose to hide the results from showing in Grade Center.


Show Test Results and Feedback to Students

Instructors can customize the type of feedback that students are able to see after a test has been completed.

  • When feedback is shown
    • After Submission
    • One-time View
    • On Specific Date
    • After Due Date
    • After Availability End Date
    • After Attempts are Graded
  • Score per Question - show the score for each question to students.
  • Answers
    • All Answers - shows all possible answers to students.
    • Correct - shows the correct answers for each question but does not indicate the answers chosen by the student.
    • Submitted - shows the answers that the student submitted but does not indicate which questions were answered incorrectly.
  • Feedback - shows any instructor feedback for each question. Instructors can add per-question feedback for incorrect and correct answers when editing the test canvas.
  • Show Incorrect Questions - shows student-answered questions that were marked as incorrect.


Test Presentation

Instructors can control how the test is presented to students.

  • All at Once - the entire test (all questions) is presented on one screen.
  • One at a Time - one question is presented at a time.

Instructors are able to further specify the display of the test.

  • Prohibit Backtracking - students cannot change their answer to a question that has already been submitted, and cannot go back to previously answered questions.
  • Randomize Questions - randomize the order that questions appear in for each unique test attempt.


Additional Resources


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