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Using the Blackboard Tests, Surveys and Pools


Instructors can use Tests and Surveys to measure student knowledge, gauge progress, and gather information from students.  Tests and Surveys are created the same way with the biggest differences being that Surveys have no points, are anonymous, and are not graded.

Pools are collections and groups of questions that you can use and re-use in many different tests and surveys at the same time.  Pools are necessary for randomizing questions in a Test.

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Four Steps to Create and Give a Test or Survey

Step 1: Create a Test

Create your Test Canvas. The Test Canvas is the empty test shell. In the shell, questions are added and modified and Test options like question ordering, question insertion, question deletion and question randomization can be performed as well.

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Step 2: Question Settings

Choose your test-wide Question Settings. While it is important to have the settings you need turned on, it is just as important to turn off settings you do not need to save you time when creating your Test.

Default Settings that are turned on:

  • Question Metadata
  • Scoring
    • Default point value is 10 points
    • Use the currently assigned points when finding and adding questions.
    • Specify partial credit options for answers
    • Provide option to assign questions as extra credit
  • Display
    • Specify random ordering of answers
    • Specify vertical or horizontal answer display of answers
    • Specify numbering options for answers

More on Question Settings

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Step 3: Add Questions to Your Test

There are seventeen different types of questions. Fourteen of these types are graded automatically by Blackboard. The other three types must be graded by the instructor. Below are the most commonly used question types:

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  • More Information about Test Questions

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  • Advanced Question Options:  Randomize and Reuse Questions

The following topics will explain how to create randomized groups of questions or reuse questions from a Pool or existing Test.

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*Has a Blackboard Help video.

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Step 4: Make the Test Available and Set the Availability Options

After you have completed building your Test, you will need to make it available to your students. This is called "deploying" the Test. You put a link to the Test on a Content Area, like your Home Page or in a Content Folder, then you set the Test Options which include availability, duration, number of attempts allowed, and how the Test is presented to students.

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Grade the Test

Grading a Test takes place in the Needs Grading page or in the Full Grade Center. If you make the grade available to the students, they will see it in their My Grades page in your course, in My Blackboard and the Tools and Links Module on the Home tab.

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View Test Results Statistics

Result statistics will show you the percentage of students who chose each answer for a question.  It will also give the Average Score for that question if it is in a Test.  These statistics will change until all of the students complete the Test.

Result statistics are available by clicking on the Action Link on the Test column in the Grade Center.  The Contextual Menu  will appear, then click on Attempts Statistics.

Contextual Menu

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Delete a Test

Tests can be deleted from the page they are deployed on, with or without attempts, and from the Test tool itself.

To delete a test on the page it is deployed on, click the chevron (downward arrow) next to the test name and select 'delete' from the dropdown menu. To delete from the Course Tools menu, navigate to Control Panel/Course Tools/Tests, Surveys and Pools, select Tests and find the test you want to remove. Click the chevron next to the test name and choose 'Delete' from the drop down menu.

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Analyze Individual Questions and Overall Performance on Tests

Item Analysis provides statistics on overall test performance and individual test questions. This data helps you recognize questions that might be poor discriminators of student performance. You can use this information to improve questions for future test administrations or to adjust credit on current attempts.

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Copy a Test from One Blackboard Course to Another.

Tests can be copied from one course to another using the Export Test and Import Test features. Tests can also be copied to another course using the Course Copy feature.

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Respondus

Respondus is a tool that works with Blackboard to easily and quickly create Tests, Surveys, and Question Pools for use in Blackboard or printed to paper. With Respondus you can:

  • Create a Test, Survey or Pool from scratch. Much faster than creating a test in Blackboard.
  • Import a Microsoft Word or text version of a Test into Respondus and then publish it to Blackboard.
  • Print paper copies of a Test, Survey or Pool from Respondus.
  • Retrieve Tests, Surveys and Pools from Blackboard for editing or printing.
  • Batch publish Tests, Surveys and Pools to multiple Blackboard courses at once.

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Disclaimer: The links above are to Blackboard Corporation Help webpages or videos, unless otherwise noted. Not all features included on the Blackboard Corporation help pages are available in the Saint Louis University Blackboard Learn license.

Updated:  2/10/2017 TCR

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