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Blackboard Frequently Asked Questions - Tests/Survey/Pools

 

1.  Why can't my students see my Test?

2.  What should I do if a student gets locked out of a Test?

3.  What suggestions should I give my students about taking Tests on Blackboard?

4.  Can I change the Test after students have begun taking it?

5.  Can I print out a Test from Blackboard?

6.  Can I print out a student's Test?

7.  How can I tell if a student opened the Test?

8.  If I set the timer, will students' Tests be automatically submitted?

9.  What is Force Completion?

10.  How can I prevent or reduce cheating on a Blackboard Test?

11.  Where do I go to grade a Test?/Where can I see a student's Test submission?

 


 

1.  Why can't my students see my Test?

  1. You might have forgotten to make the Test available when you set up the Test Options*.
  2. There might have been a mistake in the Display After* and Display Until* dates and times in the Test Options*.
  3. The Display After** and Display Until** dates in Adaptive Release** and Test Options* conflict.

What you can do:

Click on the following links to open the Blackboard Help about these topics.

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2.  What should I do if a student gets locked out of a Test?

There are various reasons a student could get locked out of a Test:

  • You used the Force Completion* option and the student:
    • Clicked outside of the Test window
    • Thought they could go out of the Test and come back later.
  • You used the timer with Auto-Submit* turned on and the Test was submitted at time.
  • The student opened more than one instance of Blackboard in the same browser window.
  • Loss of internet connection.

What you can do:

  1. You can Clear the Test Attempt.** This will totally wipe out the student's first attempt and the student can take the Test again.
  2. You can give the student an additional attempt. This would preserve the student's work in the first attempt. To do this for just one or a few students you would need to:
    1. Go into the Test Options* and go to the Test Availability Exceptions* section.
    2. Add the student(s) that will be given an additional attempt.
    3. Change the option in the Attempts* box to "Multiple Attempts" and enter the number of additional attempts you are giving the student(s).
    4. Click the Submit button.

Click on the following links to open the Blackboard Help about these topics:

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3.  What suggestions should I give my students about taking Tests on Blackboard?

Go to the "Are there any tips for avoiding issues when taking online tests?" question on the Student Blackboard FAQ page.

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4.  Can I change the Test after students have started taking it?

Yes, this is possible. You can edit questions, delete questions, reorder questions or change the point value of questions. You cannot add questions. After making the changes to the Test and clicking the Submit/Delete and Regrade button, the Test will automatically re-grade any Tests that have already been completed and will use the updated Test for all future attempts of the Test.

Click on the following link to open Blackboard Help about this topic:

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5.  Can I print out a Test from Blackboard?

The only way to print out a Test directly from Blackboard is to use the Print Screen option on your computer. You can also retrieve the Test from Blackboard with Respondus and then print it.

Click the link below to go to a website with instructions on how to create a screenshot of your computer screen:

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6.  Can I print out a student's Test?

The only way to print out a student's Test is to use the Print Screen option on your computer.  See #5 for instructions.

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7.  How can I tell if a student opened my Test?

If the student opened the Test but did not submit it, there will be an Attempt In Progress icon in the Grade Center in the Test column for that student.

Attempt In Progress Icon

Click on the following link to open Blackboard Help about this topic:

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8.  If I set the timer, will the students' Tests be automatically submitted?

Only if you choose the Auto-Submit option as well.

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9.  What is Force Completion?

This is a setting for a test that forces the student to complete the test attempt in one sitting. Students clicking on any other part of the Blackboard course will be warned that they are exiting the test and the test will be submitted.  If students accidentally close their browsers, click another link in the Blackboard course, or lose power or their internet connections, they cannot continue with that test attempt. They must contact the instructor to allow them to start the test over with a new attempt.

You may find it advantageous to use the Set Timer option and not the Force Completion option. For example, if a student loses their internet connection for 10 minutes on a timed test, at least they can access the test again and continue. If you enabled the Forced Completion option, the student cannot access the test again and must contact you to reset the test.

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10.  How can I prevent or reduce cheating on a Blackboard Test?

Although it may be difficult to prevent cheating entirely, faculty can use these practical tips to minimize the opportunities for cheating during online tests in Blackboard.

  1. Create Question Pools to define multiple questions that can be randomly included in tests. *♣†
  2. Use Random Blocks of questions to be sure that each student receives a different version of the test. *
  3. Randomize the order in which answers appear for each question.
  4. Set a Timer to specify the number of hours and minutes that students will have to complete the test. This may discourage students from spending time during the test looking at outside materials. During a timed test, the time elapsed is displayed to students. If you set the timer, you can then turn on Auto-Submit to automatically save and submit a test when time expires. Without enabling auto-submit, students have the option to continue after time expires; the instructor can then review which students exceeded the time limit.

Unless students are completing the online test while located in proctored test center, there is no way to know who is taking the test or if they are taking it alone. For these reasons, online tests should be considered open book and a group project. However, online quizzes are very good for keeping students up with reading and self-checking their knowledge of a subject.

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11.  Where do I go to grade a Test?/Where can I see a student's Test submission?

Test submissions are located in the Grade Center in the Test column.

Click on the following link to open Blackboard Help about this topic:

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Updated:  2/17/2017 TCR

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