Blackboard Tests and Assignments


Tests and Quizzes


Create online tests and quizzes using Blackboard’s Test tool. These tests can be used for evaluating learning (with grades) or to allow students to master concepts using self-assessment.

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A question pool is a collection of questions that is stored for repeated use.

In the Original Course View, you can use pools to create tests and surveys. You can also export and import pools for use in tests in other courses.

  • Questions in a pool are almost identical to test questions. They can contain feedback, metadata, and all the other elements of a test question, but they don't contain point values.
  • Instructors typically use pools to create a database of questions they can reuse in multiple tests. For example, an instructor for a Sustainable Living course can create a question pool for each of the central topics taught: Diet, Housing, and Energy. The instructor can then use these pools in multiple tests and in other courses.

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Faculty members use Blackboard Assignments to manage the file upload of essays, papers or other documents submitted by students. Assignments allow students to type in a short answer or essay response and/or attach a document with their submission. Instructors can allow one or multiple attempts. Once student work is submitted, download the documents from the grade center one-by-one or as a “batch” per assignment. You can respond to each student separately with comments and attached files.

Like other assessment tools, you can provide instructions for your students and a point value for the assignment. Written assignments allow for the assessment of critical thinking, synthesis and other higher order skills.

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