Making a Quiz/Test/Exam in Blackboard


Blackboard allows instructors to create quizzes, tests, and exams directly from the course site. These are ideal for creating assessments with multiple choice, short answer, matching, and other question types. Blackboard offers a variety of settings for instructors to customize quizzes and exams, including allowing multiple attempts, providing automated feedback to students, and automatically grading certain question types. 

Creating Quizzes and Exams 

Step 1: Create the Quiz 

  1. Navigate to your Blackboard course site.
  2. From the left-hand navigation select the content area where you want to add a quiz. 
  3. Select Test from the Assignments drop-down menu at the top of the content page. 
  4. Click Create.  
  5. Note: If you have already created tests or quizzes, those will be available to reuse from the Add an Existing Test menu
  6. Give your quiz a name (required) and provide a description and instructions if desired. 
  7. Click Submit. You will be taken to the quiz page for further editing. 

Step 2: Add Questions 

  1. In the Create Question dropdown menu, select the question type you would like to add. 
    Note: If you have previously created questions, you can reuse those by selecting from the Reuse Question dropdown menu. You may also use the Upload Questions option if you have prepared questions in a spreadsheet in the proper format. 
  2. An editor will open in which you can tailor your questions along several dimensions depending on the question type selected, including entering the question text, adding possible answers, and adding feedback that students will see after completing the quiz. 
  3. When you are finished editing the question, click Submit. 

Step 3: Completing Quiz Setup 

  1. After creating your questions, scroll to the bottom of the quiz editor page and click the OK button. You must do this, or your quiz will not be saved. 
  2. You will be returned to the create quiz page.
  3. Select the quiz you just created from the Add an Existing Test box.
  4. Click Submit. 
  5. You will be taken to a Test Options menu where you can edit the test settings, including availability and due dates. Ensure that the Make Available to Students option is toggled to yes.  

Strategies for Creating Effective Quizzes and Exams 

  • If you are teaching a course with teaching assistants, consider using the Instructor Notes box within the question editor to add grading directions for your TAs. 
  • Consider adding automatic feedback to quiz questions so that students understand why an answer is correct or incorrect after they have completed the quiz. 
  • Enabling multiple attempts on quizzes can allow students to absorb any feedback you provide and try again. This is a great option for low-stakes quizzes meant as formative assessment rather than as high-stakes exams. 
  • After you have created your quiz, enter Student View and take the quiz yourself to ensure all questions and settings are displaying as you intended for student. 


Article ID: 115074
Sun 8/30/20 6:15 PM
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