Viewing and Grading a Student's Test Attempt

This lesson will demonstrate how to access a student's test attempt in Blackboard in order to view and grade the attempt.  It is recommended to use Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome when working in the Grade Center.  Internet Explorer is not recommended

Accessing the Grade Center

Image of the Blackboard Control Panel open at the Grade Center heading with the following annotations: 1.Click on Grade Center.2.Select Full Grade Center.

Log into your Blackboard course and go the Control Panel:

  1. Click on Grade Center.
  2. Select Full Grade Center.

Accessing a Student's Test Attempt

Image of the Full Grade Center with an arrow pointing to the chevron in a selected student's cell.  Instructions indicate for users to locate the student's attempt and click the chevron that appears in the student's cell. A menu is shown on screen with the Attempt option outlined in a red circle with instructions to select the attempt you wish to grade.

Within the grade center, locate the student and the column for the test.  Hover in the cell that contains the student's attempt, and click on the chevron that appears.  Select the attempt you wish to view from the menu that pops up. A yellow exclamation (!) point indicates that the student's attempt needs grading.  A Needs Grading icon will appear for a student's test attempt under the following conditions:

  1. The test contains Essay or other question types that require manual grading.
  2. The student went over the allotted time limit, or the test was auto-submitted when the student ran out of time.
  3. The test was submitted past the due date.

Viewing the Student's Attempt Information

Image of the Test Information window witn instructions to click on Test Information to view details on the student's test attempt.

You will now see the student's attempt. At the top of the page, click on Test Information to view details regarding the student's attempt, such as the score, elapsed time, test access log, and the time the test was started and submitted.

Viewing and Grading the student's attempt

Image of the student's response to test questions with the students given and correct answers, as well as the number of points awarded for each question.  An arrow points to the point value with instructions to enter the point value here.

You will now see the student's responses to the test questions.  Questions such as multiple choice, true/false, and fill in the blank will be graded automatically by Blackboard.  Essay questions must be manually graded by the instructor or grader.  To enter or change the earned points for the student's attempt, type in the point value in the points box to the right of the question.  Essay questions also provide a space for feedback to the student

Entering Feedback and Grading Notes

Image of the Feedback and Notes section with instructions in the Feedback section to enter feedback for the student here and instructions in the Grading Notes to enter grading notes here.  These notes are not released to the student.

The section labeled Feedback and Notes for Attempt provides a space for the instructor or grader to enter comments to the student, as well as notes for the instructor that are not released to the student.

To write a comment for the student, type the feedback in the text box labeled Feedback to User.

To write comments for the instructor's use only, type the comment in the text box labeled Grading Notes.

Submitting the Student's Attempt

Submitting the Student's Attempt

When finished grading, scroll down to the bottom of the page. To save the student's grade and return to the Grade Center, click the Save and Exit button.  To save the grade and move to the next student or the next attempt, click Save and Next. To exit without saving, click Exit.