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Tests and Surveys

Blackboard Tests and Surveys are on-line evaluation tools that can be used to measure student understanding of course material. Tests can be graded automatically, with the results appearing in the student's MyGrades area. Surveys are not graded, though you can assign credit for taking the Survey. Surveys can also be anonymous.

Tests and Surveys provide another way for students to engage with the course materials and are flexible enough to be used for a variety of purposes. They can be used as pre- or post-lecture review, for reading response, or for general assessment. You may also provide Feedback for students to view during the Test, as well as comments for them to read after you grade the Test.

Things to consider

Blackboard provides several options related to how students will interact with the test. Tests can be taken one or more times, with or without time limits, and with completion mandatory. However, as Tests and Surveys are designed to be taken online, you should consider that some students may have less reliable network connections, and plan accordingly.

How to set up a Test or Survey

  1. Begin by choosing to create a Survey, a Test or a Question Pool, i.e., a group of questions from which to draw to create Tests.
  2. You will find the Pool Manager, Test Manager, or Survey Manager in the Control Panel. Make your selection provide a name, then begin building the questions. If you create a Pool of questions you will then need to create a Test drawing from those questions.
  3. Once your Test or Survey is created you must deploy it in your course, that is, you must decide where students will find it. Go to the area where the Test or Survey will appear, then choose Edit View and click the Add Test icon.
  4. Choose the Test, Submit, OK, then choose Modify the Test Options to make decisions about when and how you will release the test, and the options students will have for taking the Test.

Test questions, with the exception of Essay questions, will be graded automatically, with results appearing in the Grade Center. You can override grades, provide comments to students, or view Test statistics and information through the Grade Center.

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