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  • Blackboard  9.1  Creating  a  Test    

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    Creating  a  Test  

    The  primary  purpose  of  the  Test  Tool  is  to  evaluate  student  understanding  of   concepts  and/or  to  provide  drills  or  other  practice  exercises.  Blackboard  offers  17   question  types,  and  questions  can  be  reused  in  other  tests  and  surveys  in  your   courses.  New  in  Blackboard  9.1  is  the  ability  to  easily  find  questions  you  have   created,  to  link  to  questions  (and  have  changes  reflected  to  all  quizzes  using  the   link),  to  reorder  questions  via  drag-­‐and-­‐drop,  to  build  reusable  question  sets,  and  on   the  grading  side,  to  quickly  grade  individual  questions  across  your  class  (e.g.  grade   only  the  essay  questions  submitted  by  your  students).  You  can  no  longer  attach  files   to  test  questions,  but  using  the  Add  Mashup  tool,  you  can  add  online  media  from   YouTube,  Flickr  and  Slideshare.  [See  the  “Using  Media  in  Tests  and  Surveys”  tutorial   for  more  information.]  

    To  create  a  test:  

    1. In  the  Course  Management  menu,  click  to  expand  the  Course  Tools,  then  click   on  Tests,  Surveys,  and  Pools.  

    2. On  the  Tests,  Surveys,  and  Pools  page,  click  the  Tests  link.   3. Click  on  the  [Build  Test]  button.   4. The  Test  Information  page  will  appear:  


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    Give  the  test  a  Name  (1),  and  (optionally)  a  Description  (2).  Then,  complete  the   Instructions  box  (3)  with  information  for  your  students.    

    5. Click  the  [Submit]  button.   6. You  will  now  see  the  Test  Canvas  page.  From  the  Create  Question  tab  (1),  select  

    the  type  of  question  you  want  to  create,  for  example,  a  Multiple  Choice  (2)   question.  

      7. Enter  the  Question  Text  in  the  box  provided.  [Question  Title  is  optional]   8. In  the  Options  section:  

    a. Answer  Numbering  –  allows  you  to  change  between  numbers,   Roman  numerals,  or  uppercase  or  lowercase  letters.  

    b. Answer  Orientation  –  allows  you  to  display  questions  vertically   down  the  page  or  horizontally  across  the  page.  

    c. Allow  Partial  Credit  -­‐  If  partial  credit  is  allowed,  each  incorrect   answer  can  specify  what  percentage  of  the  total  points  should  be   given  for  that  answer.  

    d. Show  Answers  in  Random  Order  –  if  checked,  this  will  display  the   answers  in  a  random  order  each  time  the  question  is  presented  

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    9. In  the  Answers  section:  

      Choose  the  Number  of  Answers  (1)  you  want  to  offer.  If  there  are  too  many   choices,  click  the  [Remove]  button  (2)  from  one  of  the  existing  choices.  Next,   enter  the  text  for  each  Answer  choice  (3).  By  default,  the  first  answer  will  be  the   correct  one.  If  in  Section  2  you  check  Show  Answers  in  Random  Order,  you  can   leave  the  Correct  Answer  (4)  as  1  since  all  of  the  answer  choices  will  be   randomly  displayed  to  the  students.  

    10. In  the  Feedback  section,  you  can  enter  optional  feedback  for  correct  and   incorrect  student  responses.  This  can  often  be  helpful,  for  example,  in  pointing   students  back  to  text  from  class  materials  when  they  make  mistakes.  

    11. In  the  Categories  and  Keywords  section,  you  can  optionally  describe  the  test   questions  with  metadata  in  order  to  assist  with  locating  questions  that  meet   certain  requirements  when  creating  future  tests.  

      12. The  Instructor  Notes  section  is  also  optional.   13. Click  the  [Submit]  button  to  continue  and  return  to  the  Test  Canvas  page.  Next  to  

    the  question  you  just  created,  on  the  right  side  of  the  screen,  you  can  now  assign   a  point  value  by  clicking  in  the  Points:  box  and  entering  a  number.  

    14. Repeat  the  Create  Question  process  until  you  have  sufficiently  built-­‐out  your   test.  

    15. If  you  need  to  edit  your  test  questions,  you  can  do  so  at  any  time  on  the  Test   Canvas  page  by  clicking  the  double  down  arrows  next  to  the  question.  

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    16. When  you  are  finished  adding  questions,  click  the  [OK]  button  at  the  bottom  of   the  page.  This  completes  creating  the  test,  but  the  test  is  not  yet  available  to   students.  See  the  “Making  a  Test  Available”  tutorial  to  continue.