Reviewed: 07/06/2022

This document briefly explains each question type and highlights any issues to be taken into consideration when choosing them.

This document is merely a guide and not exhaustive in its detail; therefore, members of staff who have never used a Blackboard assessment system before may wish to contact the eLearning team for further assistance.

Information for assessments and their settings

A candidate’s responses are automatically saved as they progress through the test, provided the internet connection is not interrupted and the Blackboard session has not timed out (students should be advised to manually save questions as they go along, to avoid issues).

It is possible to automatically submit a student’s responses when a time limit is reached. This can be achieved by setting the timer and turning auto-submit on.

It is recommended that timed assessments are used with caution as Blackboard does not indicate in the Grade Centre if a student was late submitting an assessment until they have gone more than 1 minute over the allotted time. It would be necessary to look at the access log for each student to determine if they were up to 1 minute over time.

The ‘Force completion’ setting should NOT be used, unless you allow multiple attempts. By activating this option, you are forcing the students to complete the assessment within the same sitting – if they leave the page, close the browser, or allow Blackboard to time out, the assessment is automatically submitted, even if they haven’t answered anything. This requires very clear instructions to the students to avoid them opening the assessment when they are not ready, or do not have time to complete it. Force completion and single/multiple attempt interact with the following outcomes:

Force completionHow the student exitsSingle attemptMultiple attempts
OnExit without submittingAnswers lost.
Cannot re-enter.
Answers lost.
Can re-enter (new attempt) and re-submit.
OnSave and SubmitAnswers submitted.
Cannot re-enter.
Answers submitted.
Can re-enter (new attempt) and re-submit.
OffExit without submittingAnswers saved for later use.
Can re-enter (same attempt) to continue.
Can submit only once.
Answers saved for later use.
Can re-enter (same attempt) to continue.
Can re-enter (new attempt) and re-submit.
OffSave and SubmitAnswers submitted.
Cannot re-enter.
Answers submitted.
Can re-enter (new attempt) and re-submit.

It is possible make alterations to assessments once they have been attempted (with the exception of deleting questions) and all attempts will be automatically regraded. However, this does require some consideration. If you change a question so that the options are now marked differently (i.e. an option previously marked as correct is now marked as incorrect, and vice versa), and the assessment has 2 attempts, students may have answered the question incorrectly in their second attempt based on the incorrect grading they received as feedback from attempt 1. In such cases, it may be more beneficial to zero any potential scores for this question, so as not to disadvantage any students. If you would like further advice/guidance for this, please contact the eLearning team.

By default, the Grade Book is set to accept the student’s latest score on assessments; therefore, this needs to be changed (if appropriate) to highest score for all assessment columns in the Grade Centre ‘Edit column information’ option, or within the test options.

If you test an assessment when the edit mode is off or via the Student Preview option (and you have opted to keep the data), it will be recorded as a student attempt (but does not appear in the Grade Centre). This could then prevent you from altering parts of your assessment. If you want to make alterations after testing, you need to locate the assessment column in the Grade Centre and select ‘Clear Attempts for All Users’. This can only be done before any actual students have accessed the test.

Further help

Advice for using individual question types

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Blackboard Assessment Question Types