Creating a Test from a Content Area

This lesson will demonstrate how to create a basic test (without any question sets) in Blackboard.  

Creating a Test, Part 1

Image of a Blackboard content area with the assessments button highlighted with instructions to click on assessments.  In the menu under Assessments, the option Test is outlined in a red circle with instru

Log into your Blackboard course, and go to the content area that you would like to add the test to.  At the top of the page, click on Assessments and select Test.

Creating a Test, Part 2

On the next page, labeled Create Test, under Section 1: Add Test, click on the Create button next to Create a New Test

Creating a Test, Part 3

You will now see a screen labeled Test information:

  1. Name: Enter the name for the test here.
  2. Description: Enter a description of the test for students here
  3. Instructions: Enter instructions for the students here
  4. When finished, click the Submit button at the bottom of the page.

Adding a Question

The next screen is the Test Canvas, which shows all the questions in the test, and allows instructors to add questions to the test.  To add a question, click on Create Question at the top of the screen and select the type of question to create.  The step below outlines the creation of a multiple choice question, so select Multiple Choice from the list.

Creating a Multiple Choice Question, Part 1

You will now see a screen similar to the one above titled Create/Edit Multiple Choice Question:

Under the section labeled Question, please provide the following information:

  1. Question Title: Enter a title for the question (optional)
  2. Question Text: Enter the question text

Under the section labeled Options allows users to change the question properties:

  1. Answer Numbering: Choose the format for the numbering of the answer choices
  2. Answer Orientation: Chose either a horizontal or vertical option for answer choices
  3. Allow Partial Credit: Check this box to enable partial credit
  4. Show Answers in Random Order: Check this box to randomize the order of the answer choices

Creating a Multiple Choice Question, Part 2

Image of the Answers section with the following annotations: 1.Number of Answers: Select the number of answer choices to show to students.2.Answer N: Enter the text of each answer choice into each textbox.3.Correct: Select the radio button next to the correct answer choice.4.Click Remove to remove an answer choice.

In Answers, you can set up the individual answer choices for the students to select.

  1. Number of Answers: Select the number of answer choices to show to students.
  2. Answer N: Enter the text of each answer choice into each textbox.
  3. Correct: Select the radio button next to the correct answer choice.
  4. Click Remove to remove an answer choice.

Creating a Multiple Choice Question, Part 3

Image of the Feedback section with the following annotations: 1.Correct Response Feedback: Enter feedback for a correct response here2.Incorrect Response Feedback: Enter feedback for incorrect responses here

Feedback allows you to provide feedback to students for selecting a correct or incorrect response that appears hen students view their test results.

  1. Correct Response Feedback: Enter feedback for a correct response here
  2. Incorrect Response Feedback: Enter feedback for incorrect responses here

Creating a Multiple Choice Question, Part 4

Categories and Keywords allows instructors to provide additional metadata tags to the question to allow questions to be easily searchable.

  1. Categories: Click Add to enter category tags for the question.
  2. Topics: Click Add to enter tags based on topics that are covered in the course for the question.
  3. Levels of Difficulty: Click Add to enter tags based of the level of difficulty of the question.
  4. Keywords: Click Add to enter keywords for the question.
  5. Instructor Notes allows instructors to enter notes regarding the question.  These notes are not visible to students.
  6. When finished, click the Submit and Create Another button to create another question of the same question type, or click the Submit button to return to the Test Canvas.

Test Canvas Overview

After clicking the Submit button, you will be returned to the Test Canvas.  The Test Canvas will allow you to create a new question, rearrange, edit, and delete questions, as well as allowing individuals to change the point value of each question.