Creating a Multiple Choice Question

This guide will demonstrate how to create a Multiple Choice question in Blackboard.

Selecting a Question Type

With the Test Canvas open, Click on Create Question and select Multiple Choice from the menu.

Entering the Question Text

To create a Multiple Choice question:

  1. Question Title: Enter a title for the question (optional)
  2. Question Text: Enter the question text here.
  3. Answer numbering: Choose from the following options for displaying answer numbering: None, Arabic Numerals (1, 2, 3...), Roman Numerals (I, II, III...) Lowercase letters (a, b, c...), Uppercase letters (A, B, C...)
  4. Answer Orientation: Choose whether to display answers horizontally or vertically.
  5. Allow Partial Credit: Check this option to allow partial credit for partially correct answers
  6. Show Answers in Random Order: Check this option to present answers in a random order between different attempts.

Entering the Answer Information

Multiple choice answer entry
  1. Number of Answers: Select the total number of answer choices you wish to display to students, up to a maximum of 100 answer choices
  2. Answer Text: Enter the answer text for each answer choice in the individual text boxes provided.
  3. Correct Answer: Check the checkboxes to the left of the answer boxes to mark which answers to count as correct.
  4. Partial Credit %: Enter the desired partial credit value for each answer choice: Partial credit values must add up to 100%
  5. To remove an answer choice, click the Remove button.

Setting Up Feedback and Category Information

  1. Correct Response Feedback: Enter feedback to be shown to students when students respond correctly.
  2. Incorrect Response Feedback: Enter feedback to be shown to students when students respond incorrectly.
  3. Categories and Keywords: Click the Add button to add tags for Categories, Topics, Levels of Difficulty, and Keywords.
  4. Instructor Notes: Enter any notes in this field here. Only instructors can view information entered here.
  5. Cancel: Click Cancel to discard the question
  6. Submit and Create Another: Click this button to save the question and create another question of the same type.
  7. Submit: Click this button to save the question and return to the test canvas


The question you created will now appear on the test canvas. Click the Points value to change the number of points.