Deploy a Test

After you create a test or survey, the next step is to deploy it—make it available—to users in your course/organization.

This is a two-step process:

1. Deploy the test or survey to a course/organization content area.
2. Make it available.
About Unavailable Tests

The difference between unavailable and deleted assessments:

  • Deleted assessments have been deleted from a course/organization. Deleting an assessment is irreversible.
  • Unavailable assessments are deployed to a content area, but a link does not appear to students.

You can access the Tests, Surveys, and Pools page on the Control Panel within the Course/Organization Tools section.

1. Turn Edit Mode to ON.

 Edit Mode Blackboard

2. Go to the content area (i.e. Course Information, Course Documents, etc.) where the item is to be uploaded.

3. Hover over the Assessments button.

4. Click Test.

5. In the "Add an Existing Test" box, highlight/select the test you are deploying.

6. Click Submit.

7. Select the test options desired.

The following table provides descriptions of the test and survey availability and feedback options.

Make the Link Available You can set this to available, and then use the Display After and Display Until fields to limit the amount of time the link to the assessment appears.
Add a New Announcement for this Test/Survey You can create an announcement for the test or survey. The announcement will include the date and state, "An assessment has been made available in [Course area that includes the link to the Assessment]."

If an announcement was previously posted using this feature, the date and time of the most recent announcement is displayed.

Multiple Attempts You can allow students to take an assessment multiple times. The status of multiple attempts appears to students at the top of the assessment. Select Allow Unlimited Attempts to allow students to take the assessment as many times as they want. Select Number of Attempts and provide the number of attempts.

When you allow multiple attempts for a test, you can also select which attempt to use in the Grade Center from the Score attempts using the drop-down list.

Force Completion If selected, students must complete the test when they launch it. Students may only access the test ONE TIME. The Save function is available for students to save the questions as they work through them, but they may not exit and reenter the test. At the top of the test, Force Completion is noted and explained to students. If you do not enable Force Completion, students may save their progress and complete the test at another time.

If students accidentally close their browsers, leave the test page, or lose power or their internet connections, they cannot continue with the test. They have to contact you to allow them to start over with a new attempt.

You may want to reserve the Force Completion option for when students are on campus taking a proctored test and connected to an Ethernet cable instead of Wi-Fi. If issues occur, an instructor can be available to reset proctored tests.

Alternatively, use the Set Timer options to reduce receiving emails from panicked students who accidentally left a test with Force Completion enabled.

Set Timer Set a time limit for finishing a test. Type the amount of time in the hours and minutes boxes. During a timed test, the time elapsed is displayed to students. As students approach the time limit, a one-minute warning also appears.

When the attempt is complete, student completion time is available in the Test Information section.

If a student saves and exits the test, the timer continues. For example, if he begins the test on Tuesday, saves and exits it, then completes it on Thursday, his completion time will be 48 hours.

If you set the timer, turning on Auto-Submit automatically saves and submits a test when time expires. Without enabling auto-submit, students have the option to continue after time expires. Tests are flagged as submitted after the time has expired. You have the option to adjust the grade based on the time.

You may find it advantageous to use the Set Timer options and not the Force Completion option. For example, if a student loses his internet connection for 10 minutes on a timed test, at least he can access the test again and continue. If you enabled the Forced Completion option, he cannot access the test again and must contact you to reset the test.

Display After Optionally, select the date and time when the test or survey will become available to students. You can control availability through the Make the Link Available option without setting specific dates.
Display Until Optionally, select the date and time the test or survey will be made unavailable to students.
Password You can require and type a password for students to use to access the assessment. Passwords cannot be longer than 15 characters and are case sensitive.
Restrict Location You can require students to take the test in a specific location. Students outside of this location will not be able to take the test.

This is based on a range of IP addresses created by your institution. If your institution has not created this range, this option does not appear.

To learn more, see Restrict Tests by Location.

Test Availability Exceptions Select one or more groups of students and make a number of exceptions to the already established availability settings. You can use exceptions to provide an accommodation to a disabled student, or for technology and language differences.

You can create exceptions for:

  • Number of attempts
  • Timer
  • Availability
  • Force completion
  • Restrict Location

To learn more, see Test Availability Exceptions.

Due Date If you use grading periods in the Grade Center, select a due date to easily include that test in a grading period and on the calendar in the My Blackboard menu.

Due Date and Late Submissions

Decide whether to allow a student to take a test after the due date has passed. If you select the checkbox and the due date has passed, students receive a message telling them the test cannot be completed because the due date has passed.

When you allow late submissions, they are clearly marked on the Needs Grading page, the View All Attempts page, the Review Test Submission page, and the Grade Details page.

Show Test Results and Feedback to Students Results and feedback are available to students after they complete a test. Set up to two rules to show results and feedback. If conflicts in rules occur, the most permissive settings for that user or group of users is granted. For example, students would receive the greatest number of attempts and longest availability time.
  • When: Set when appropriate test results and feedback are shown to students:
    • After Submission
    • One-time View: After students submit a test, the selected feedback options are in effect for students to view ONCE. Immediately after a student navigates away from the test, all feedback is restricted unless the instructor changes the setting.
    • On Specific Date: After the selected date and time.
    • After Due Date
    • After Availability and End Date
    • After Attempts are Graded
  • Score: Show the score a student achieved out of points possible.
  • All Answers: Show all answer options.
  • Correct: Show the correct answers.
  • Submitted: Show all of a student’s submitted answers.
  • Feedback: Show instructor-generated feedback messages for each question.
  • Show Incorrect Questions: Show the questions a student answered incorrectly or partially incorrectly.

You select After Submissions, Score, All Answers, Correct, Submitted, Feedback, and Show Incorrect Questions. Students see their scores along with all answer options. They also see their submitted answers marked as correct or incorrect, and any feedback you have provided.

If students are taking the test at different times, you can choose to make a limited amount of feedback available until all students have completed the test.

When you first deploy the test, you can choose to present only the Score. After all students have taken the test, edit the test options to show more. You can create an announcement to notify students that additional feedback is available. Students can return to the test to view the additional feedback.

8. Click Submit.

This article was updated: 12/14/2017