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EDU Support Blackboard Instructor Assignments, Assessments & Exams Step 2: Construction of your exam Closed question settings

Closed question settings

When setting up a Blackboard test you are presented with a wide array of options to choose from. Some can be helpful, some should never be used. This guide will show you which options there are and what you can use them for.


How to enter the “test options”

There are two ways to enter the test options in order to edit them:

  1. When you add a test to the exam folder

  2. When the test has been added to your exam folder and you want to adjust the settings

Once you are in the test options there are several types of settings available to you. 


Test information

  • ‘Name: Fill in the name of your test.

  • ‘Choose color of name’: Choose the default “Black” option.

  • ‘Example description’:  In the description you can add information that students will see before they enter the test. This can include text, files, video’s and images.

  • ‘Open test in new window’: Determine if the students will enter their test in the current browser tab or if they will open up a new tab for this test automatically.


Test availability

  • Make available to students: Always set this to Yes. Time restrictions that your facilitator will put in place prohibit students from starting the test before the specified date and time.

  • Add a new announcement for this test: Send a standard announcement to the users in a course. Not relevant for exams as you are not able to adjust the contents of the announcement. We advise to use the Announcement tool in the exam folder.

  • Multiple attempts: If you want to give students the option for multiple attempts at the test you can select this option. There are two options that you can apply

    • Allow Unlimited attempts

    • Number of attempts

  • Score attempts using: If you have selected Multiple Attempts you can determine which attempt is going to be graded. Especially useful for a test that can be automatically graded, such as a multiple choice test.

  • Force completion: For online exams never turn this option on! If students lose their internet connection they will be unable to continue with their exam.

  • Set timer: If you want students to have a limited amount of time to complete the exam you can enable this option. Do note that is someone loses his/her connection the timer will continue running.

  • Auto submit: Will automatically submit the attempt of a student once the timer runs out. It is not advised to enable this option, as you will not be able to allow the student to continue the test at a later moment if needed!

  • Display after & until: Determine when the test will be displayed to students. With online exams this options should not be enabled, as time settings are generally applied elsewhere.

  • Password: If you want students to use a password to enter the test.


Test availability exceptions

The options that you have entered in the previous section(Test availability) might require exceptions for certain students. You are now in the section where you can enable these exceptions. To allow for exceptions you must first add a user or group. You can do this by

  1. clicking Add User and Group

  2. Select the appropriate group(s) and/or user(s) and then submit

The exceptions you can enable are for the attempts, timer and availability(display after & until)

  • Attempts:

Select the amount of attempts available to the selected group(s) and/or user(s). This could for example be useful if a student submitted their test by accident. This way you can give the student another chance.

  • Timer:

If you have set a timer on your test you need to take into account whether there are students that are entitled to extra time. The time you fill in here will override the timer settings applied earlier.

  • Availability:

Click on the small box below the word “Availability” and apply the time settings

  • Delete exceptions:

Delete an exception by clicking the X to the right that becomes red when you hover over it with your mouse.


Due date

If you want students to only work on a test until a certain time you can enable the due date. The options that you have are:

  • Due Date: Determine which from which date and time the due date option is enabled. Submissions after the entered date and time will be marked at Late

  • Do not allow students to start the Test if the due date has passed: When you enable this option students who are in the test can continue working on it, but it is not possible to enter the test.

Note: For online exams Team Assessment Support will enable time restrictions through other means. The Due Date is therefore not required for accessibility during the exam. However it is relevant when you organize a review of the test.


Self-assessment options

Make sure the first box is always checked. NEVER check the second box!


Show test results and feedback to students


It is possible to provide students with feedback right after they submit their test, or at a given date. You can also determine what information is provided to them. Each of the options mentioned below can be individually enabled and thus provide numerous possibilities.

  • When: Determine when students will be able to see their results. Most commonly the After Submission or After Due Date are used.

  • Score per question: Show the points earned per question. This is displayed to the right of each question. 

  • Answers

  • All answers: Display all possible answer options

  • Correct: Displays and adds a green check mark to correct answer option

  • Submitted: Display the answer given by the student, noted as Selected Answer

The screenshot below displays all three answer options enabled.

  • Feedback: For most question types you can enter feedback options, such as feedback when a student has filled in the correct answer. You can enter the automated feedback per question when editing the questions themselves.

  • Show incorrect questions: In front of each question either a red cross or green check mark is added.


Test presentation 

  • All at once: Present all the questions on a single page.

  • One at a Time: Present one question at a time. Students have to navigate to the next or previous question.

    • Prohibit backtracking: If you do not want students to go back to previously displayed questions you should enable this options. This is only part when One at a Time is also enabled.

  • Randomize Questions: Present the questions in random order, to make sure that all students get their questions in a different order. This can be applied to both the All at Once and One at a Time setting.


Whom to contact?

For further information about exams and the help we can provide, please email our team at digitaaltoetsen@rug.nl.

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Last modified: 19 November 02:39 pm
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