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User guide to Blackboard tests / quizzes

Tests can be useful to check your comprehension, reinforce learning or as a revision aid.

Blackboard tests and quizzes can be found in various locations on courses; within resource learning units, assessment folders and in weekly course content folders etc.

This guide will explain how to

  • access a test
  • answer test questions and submit answers
  • view scores / corrected answers

Access a test

  1. Navigate to the relevant Blackboard course and click on the link to the relevant test
  2. Click begin in the bottom right-hand corner of the test page view

  • Read any instructions / test description carefully as test settings vary. For example, some tests are only visible at certain times, have a deadline or may require you to complete in one sitting.
  • If you cannot find the relevant link, the test may have been set up to become visible at only certain times or to certain groups of students. Please contact the test or course administrator if you cannot find a test link you were expecting to see.

Answer test questions and submit answers

Question types may vary. The following image details where to insert answers for multiple choice questions (MCQ) (1) and extended matching questions (EMQ) (2).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To confirm your answers, click on save and submit in the bottom right-hand corner of the page.

Ensure you are happy that you have answered all questions and to the best of your ability before selecting save and submit as depending on the test settings, you may not have another chance to modify your answers.

Please see the Blackboard help site for detailed explanations of question types.

Individual answers auto-save whilst you stay on the open test page. However, you can also click on save answer / saved to be sure.  Note the number of points awarded may also be indicated (depending on the set up of the test).

Once you have submitted your answers, you will see a confirmation of submission.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Do not navigate away from the test or save your answers to complete later. Do not refresh the page, close the window, or click the browser’s back button. There is a risk  of loss of work or the test submitting your answers as final anyway (this can occur if the test has been set up to only allow you to access it once).
  • Before finishing, double check that you have correctly entered your answers.
  • Be careful when using the arrow keys on your keyboard as it is also possible to input answers with these (for accessibility purposes).
  • Complete any tests well in advance of any deadlines in case you encounter any unforeseen issues or need to contact a member of staff
  • Complete any tests  from a HYMS machine. In all cases, please ensure you have a good internet connection. If you encounter any issues and cannot access a HYMS computer, please try HYMS remote desktop or remote portal.

View scores / corrected answers

Depending on the set up of the test, you may see an option to see corrections immediately. After submitting your answers, click on OK in the bottom right-hand corner of the confirmation of submission page.

You will see corrections alongside your answers, back in the test view.

How you are scored and how much feedback you receive can vary between tests and will be explained in the instructions and descriptions of tests.

You can navigate back to a test via MyGrades or the original test link to access results / scores again, or for the first time if the set up of the test means they will be released at a later date. Please refer to user guide to MyGrades.

Access to answers for MBBS formative / end of block quizzes is only possible if the quiz was accessed and completed before the deadline. As above, navigate back to a test via MyGrades or the original test link to access results / scores again. Please also refer to user guide to MyGrades.

PDF copies of test questions are also made available on Blackboard by the assessments team. These PDF copies do not include answers.

Updated on 07/08/2020

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