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Topic Overview

This document describes the steps in order to create a test in Blackboard.

Steps

There are two methods of creating tests in Blackboard: Creating a Test from a Content Area and Creating a Test from the 'Tests, Surveys, and Pools' Tool.

There are three date ranges that are necessary to the successful creation and deployment of an Assessment: Display After/Until, Submission Start/End and Evaluation Start/End. They are described in the following table.

Date rangeDescription

Display After/Until

The date range which the Assessment is available to Students.

Submission Start/End

The date range which Students can submit answers to an Assessment.

Evaluation Start/End

The date range which Students can submit evaluations of their peers' work on the Assessment as well as their own (if Self Evaluations are enabled).

 

Creating a Test from a Content Area

  1. Click on the content area button where you want to place the test.
  2. From the Assessments drop-down, choose Test.


  3. Click the Create button under Add Test.
  4. Fill in the Test Information and Submit. At this point, a new column in the Grade Center is created with the same name.
  5. If you want to be able to add images to the test, modify the Question Settings by clicking on the Question Settings button located on the right side of the screen. Under #2, select the box(es) of your choice. Add images, files, and external links to questions. Add images, files, and external links to answers.
  6. Submit
  7. Click on Create Questions and make your choice from the drop-down menu.

     

    On the Create/Edit screen, numbers 1 and 4 contain fields for inserting/adding an image.

     

    1. Browse to the image file and insert
    2. Choose 'Display image within the page' from the Action drop-down menu.
    3. You can edit the number of points a question is worth on the right side of the Test Canvas page. Click on the number to change the value of the question, and then Submit


  8. When finished creating all questions, click OK (bottom right corner).
  9. Highlight the test to add and Submit.
  10. Scroll down and select your options -- #2 contains Test Availability and Set Timer (among other options). If you want students to be able to access the test, the link must be made Available.
  11. Submit.

 

Creating a Test from the 'Tests, Surveys, and Pools' Tool

  1. In the Control Panel, go to Course Tools > Tests, Surveys, and Pools
  2. Click Tests
  3. Click Build Test
  4. Fill in the Test Information and Submit. At this point, a new column in the Grade Center is created with the same name.
  5. If you want to be able to add images to the test, modify the Question Settings by clicking on the Question Settings button located on the right side of the screen. Under #2, select the box(es) of your choice. Add images, files, and external links to questions. Add images, files, and external links to answers.
  6. Submit

On the Create/Edit screen, numbers 1 and 4 contain fields for inserting/adding an image.

  1. Click on Create Questions and make your choice from the drop-down menu.
    1. Browse to the image file and insert
    2. Choose 'Display image within the page' from the Action drop-down menu.
    3. You can edit the number of points a question is worth on the right side of the Test Canvas page. Click on the number to change the value of the question, and then Submit
  2. When finished creating all questions, click OK (bottom right corner)
  3. You will be brought to a Tests page where all of the tests you have created are listed. From here you can see which tests have or have not been deployed yet. Visit the Deploying Tests page for information on how to deploy the test you have created into a specific content area.

Creating a Test With Questions From a Pool

  1. Under the Control Panel, access Course Tools and click Tests, Surveys and Pools
  2. Click Tests
  3. Click Build Test, and Enter Name and information
  4. Click Submit
  5. Under Reuse Question, click Find Questions
  6. Select the pool questions you want. Make sure the question you select says Pool under Source Type
  7. Click Submit
  8. Click OK
  9. Enter area to upload assessment. Click Assessments, then select Test
  10. Select assessment from Add Test. Click Submit
  11. Edit details and information. Click Submit

Sources and Relevant Links

Deploying Tests
Video- Creating Tests

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