Tests and surveys

After you build a test or survey, you create questions or add existing questions from tests, surveys, and pools. Then, you deploy the test or survey in a course area, such as a content area or folder. When you add a test or survey to a content area, it is “deployed.”

Survey questions are not graded, and student responses are anonymous.

 

About Question Settings

On the Test or Survey Canvas, click Question Settings on the action bar to change settings for different aspects of a test or survey. You can perform the following actions:

  • Enable additional feedback boxes for individual answers within a question. If you do not select this option, a single feedback box for the entire question is provided by default.

  • Add images, files, or web links to questions and answers.

  • Add metadata to questions.

  • Determine default point values for questions in tests.

  • Designate questions as extra credit, and enabling negative and partial credit scoring.

  • Specify display options, such as numbering options for answers.

 

Question types

The following article lists the types of questions available to use in a test, survey or pool, together with a description.

 

Calculated Formula Questions

Calculated Formula questions present students with a question that requires them to make a calculation and respond with a numeric answer. The numbers in the question change with each user and are pulled from a range set by the instructor. The correct answer is a specific value or a range of values. Instructors may grant partial credit for answers falling within a range. Calculated Formula questions are graded automatically.

 

Calculated Numeric Questions

With Calculated Numeric questions, students are presented with a question that requires a numeric answer. The question does not need to be a mathematical formula. Instructors can provide a text question that requires a numeric answer.

 

Either/Or Questions

In Either/Or questions, students are presented with a statement and asked to respond using a selection of predefined two-choice answers, such as:

  • Yes/No
  • Agree/Disagree
  • Right/Wrong
  • True/False

 

Essay Questions

Essay questions require students to type an answer in a text box. Instructors can type directly in the text box or paste a question from another application, such as a simple text editor like Notepad or TextEdit. Essay questions are graded manually in the Grade Centre.

 

File Response Questions

File Response questions require students to upload a file from their computers or from the Content Collection as the answer to the question. Instructors grade these questions manually. Students can work on something before a test and submit it with the test, particularly if it requires a large amount of text.

 

Fill in Multiple Blanks Questions

In Fill in Multiple Blanks questions, students are presented with text containing up to 10 blanks. Each blank can have a maximum of 100 answers. Students complete the sentence by typing the appropriate word or phrase for each blank. For questions with a single blank Fill in the Blank Questions are used.

 

Fill in the Blank Questions

Fill in the Blank questions consist of a phrase, sentence, or paragraph with a blank space indicating where the student should provide the missing word or words.

Answers are scored based on whether the student answer matches the correct answers the instructor provide. Instructors can require student answers to match exactly, contain part of the correct answer, or match a pattern. Instructors can choose whether or not the answer is case sensitive. The maximum number of answers is 100.

 

Hot Spot Questions

With Hot Spot questions, students are presented with an image and are asked to select a particular area. Examples of Hot Spot questions include the following:

  • Anatomy: Locate different parts of the body.
  • Geography: Locate areas on a map.
  • Foreign Language: Select different articles of clothing.

Hot Spot questions are graded automatically.

 

Jumbled Sentence Questions

Jumbled Sentence questions require students to complete a sentence by selecting words or phrases from a drop-down list. The same drop-down list appears for all blanks and can include both correct answers and distractors. Up to 100 different words or phrases can appear on the list.

Jumbled Sentence questions are graded automatically.

 

Matching Questions

Jumbled Sentence questions require students to complete a sentence by selecting words or phrases from a drop-down list. The same drop-down list appears for all blanks and can include both correct answers and distractors. Up to 100 different words or phrases can appear on the list.

Jumbled Sentence questions are graded automatically. Students are granted partial credit for matching questions if they answer part of the question correctly. For example, if the question is worth eight points and a student gives the correct answers for half of the matches, they will receive four points.

 

Multiple Answer Questions

Multiple answer questions allow students to choose more than one answer. Use this type of question when more than one answer is correct. For example, in the medical field, use this type of question to select symptoms associated with a medical condition.

 

Multiple Choice Questions

Multiple choice questions allow users several choices with only one correct answer. Users indicate the correct answer by selecting a radio button. The number of answer choices is limited to 20.

 

Opinion Scale / Likert Questions

Opinion Scale/Likert questions are designed to measure students’ attitudes or reactions using a comparable scale. By default, five answer choices appear, ranging from Strongly Agree to Strongly Disagree, and a sixth option that allows students to select Not Applicable. Instructors can change the text of the answer choices and adjust the number of answers from 2 to 100.

 

Ordering Questions

Ordering questions require students to provide an answer by selecting the correct order of a series of items. For example, the instructor can give students a list of historical events and ask them to place these events in chronological order.

Students are granted partial credit for ordering questions if they answer part of the question correctly. For example, if the question is worth eight points and the student gives the correct order for half of the items, they will receive four points.

 

Quiz Bowl Questions

With Quiz Bowl questions, students are presented with an answer and they must provide the question. Student responses must be in the form of a question that begins with an interrogative, such as who, what, or where. For example, the statement, "It is the only country that is a continent," requires the answer, "What is Australia?"

 

Short Answer Questions

Short Answer questions are similar to Essay questions. Student responses are not limited in length, but the number of rows set for the text box size can let students know the expectations of the answer. The maximum number of rows is six. Short Answer questions are graded manually.

 

True / False Questions

True/False questions allow students to choose either true or false in response to a statement question. True and false answer options are limited to the words True and False.

 

Question pools

Pools are groups of questions that can be included in tests and surveys. They are useful if you would like to reuse the same questions in multiple tests or surveys, and for creating randomised questions within tests or surveys.

Building a Pool

Select the relevant module from MY MODULES in Blackboard Learn

Click Module Tools to expand the menu

Select Tests, Surveys and Pools

Select Pools then Build Pool

Enter a name for the pool, add a description and instructions if appropriate

Click Submit

To add questions you can create questions, upload questions or find questions in other tests, surveys or pools

 

Create questions

Select the appropriate question type form the drop down menu and create questions as you would in a test

 

Upload questions

Use this option to upload a specially formatted text file (prepared offline). Once uploaded, questions can be edited and used like questions created directly within Blackboard

 

Find questions

Use this option to reuse existing questions

Questions are organised by the Criteria listed on the page. Use the Criteria drop-down lists to search for questions to add to the Pool.

Questions that match the selected criteria will appear in the Criteria Summary window.

Select the check box next to relevant questions to add to the Pool. To select all questions select the check box at the top of the table

Click Submit to finish

 

Editing a Pool

Select Tests, Surveys and Pools

Select Pools

Click the Action Link (down arrow) next to the Pool name

Select Edit from the contextual menu

Add, delete, modify and change the points value for questions as appropriate.

 

Take tests or surveys

Before You Take a Test or Survey

Close all other tabs/windows or programs

Save your answers as you proceed. This will prevent the loss of any of your answers in the event of a technical malfunction

Do not click on any photos that may be present in the test questions, they will not enlarge. Blackboard will interpret this as an attempt to navigate away from the test and you may lose unsaved work or accidentally submit your exam

When finished be sure to click on the link for Save and Submit and not Save all Answers since only Save and Submit both saves your answers and properly completes the exam

When you click Save and Submit, Blackboard may prompt you that some answers are be incomplete – if so, click Cancel and check the indicated questions to be certain you entered an answer. Click Save Answer beside them to be sure that your answer is saved

 

How to Take a Test or Survey

Select the relevant module from MY MODULES in Blackboard Learn

Navigate to the test or survey and click on the name

You may be asked to enter a password. Your instructor will provide this information

Any instructions regarding the test will be displayed

Click the Begin button to start the test (or survey)

Answer the questions.

There are a range of different question types that could form part of your test or survey, these are listed below.

If you save your answers as you proceed you will see the questions answered on the Question Completion Status

Click Save and Submit

You will be asked to confirm your assessment submission – click OK to submit the test (or survey)

You will receive a receipt screen confirming that you have completed the test (or survey)

Click OK to see your results

 

Types of Questions

Multiple choice: Select one answer by clicking the radio button to the left of the answer

Multiple answer: There will be one or more correct answers. Select answers by placing a tick in the boxes next to the answers

Either/Or: Statement has two pre-defined two-choice answers. Select radio button next to the correct answer

True /False: Answer is either true or false. Select radio button next to the correct answer

Ordering: Put several values in the correct order by using drop down menus

Fill in the blank: A variable is missing from a statement. Enter answer into a text box. The answers are not case sensitive but must be spelt correctly

Matching: Pair items in one column to items in another column using a drop down menu

Quiz bowl: The answer is presented. The question needs to be provided

Jumbled sentence: A sentence is presented with some parts of the sentence as variables. Select answer for each variable from a drop down list

Fill in multiple blanks: Numerous variables are missing from a statement. Answers are selected from drop down menus

Hot spot: Indicate an answer by marking a specific point on an image

Calculated formula: Question requires you to perform a calculation

Calculated numeric: Resembles a fill in the blank question, but answers are numeric

Opinion / Likert: Based on a rating scale. Indicate the answer that best represents your views

Essay: A statement or question is presented. A text box is provided for you to provide an answer

Short answer: A statement or question is presented. A text box is provided for you to provide an answer. The text box is limited to between 1 to 6 lines of text

File response: Attach a file to answer the question.

 

Download test results

How to download results from a test you have created in Blackboard when students have submitted their answers

Select the relevant module from MY MODULES in Blackboard Learn

Select Grade Centre from the Control Panel

Select Full Grade Centre

Locate the column associated with the test

Select the contextual menu (down arrow) at the top of the column

Select Download Results

Select the delimiter type for the download – accepting the default of Tab seems to work best.

Choose the format required.

Select the Click to download results button

Select to open the file or to save the file. If you receive a warning message from Excel when opening the file, click Yes

Test results can also be viewed by question with a breakdown of percentages for each answer. Select Attempts Statistics from the contextual menu

If you wish to download just the final mark, select the Work Offline button and then select Download. You can choose to download the results to the Content Collection or to your Computer.

 

Download survey results

Responses to surveys are anonymous, but a check mark in the survey column against a student's name will indicate that they have taken the survey

Select the relevant module from MY MODULES in Blackboard Learn

Select Grade Centre from the Control Panel

Select Full Grade Centre

Locate the column associated with the survey

Select the contextual menu (down arrow) at the top of the column

Select Download Results

Select the delimiter type for the download – accepting the default of Tab seems to work best

Choose the format required

Select the Click to download results button

Select to open the file or to save the file. If you receive a warning message from Excel when opening the file, click Yes

Survey results can also be viewed by question with a breakdown of percentages for each answer. Select Attempts Statistics from the contextual menu

If you wish to download just the final mark, select the Work Offline button and then select Download. You can choose to download the results to the Content Collection or to your computer.