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Blackboard Exams

Quizzes, Tests, and Surveys

Your instructor may have you take a quiz, test or survey in your online/blended course in Blackboard. These assessments are easy to take and usually give you results immediately.

How to take an exam in Blackboard:

  1. Click on the “Exams” button on your Course Content Menu (your instructor may have labeled the button differently)
  2. Before taking the quiz, read the instructions. Your quiz might have a time limit and/or might only be available during certain dates. Unless you are informed differently, your quiz will only be able to be taken once.

    How to start an exam on Blackboard example with the directions of specific example exam

  3. Questions can be in multiple choices, multiple answer, true-false, matching, ordering, fill-in-the-blank, short answer, or essay format, much like any physical exam.
  4. Click on the title of your test or quiz to enter.
    1. On the next page, select Begin. Your instructor might require that you type a password to begin. If necessary, type the password and select Submit. The system continues to prompt for a valid password until you provide the correct one.

  5. When you have finished answering the questions on the quiz, click on the “Submit” button. “Save All Answers ” button can be clicked only when multiple attempts are allowed for that particular test.
  6. Your responses may be graded automatically and displayed or sent to your Instructor for grading (In case of essay answers).
  7. If you lose your Internet connection while taking a quiz or your quiz is locked. Contact your instructor immediately to report the problem.

Test Overview in Blackboard(opens in new window)

Tips for taking a test

Start your test as soon as you can. If your instructor makes a test available for three days, plan to take the test early on the first day. If you have an issue, you will have time to contact technical support and your instructor.

Read all of the instructions. If you have any trouble with your test or understanding test questions, contact your instructor immediately.

Double check your Internet connection:

  • A wired connection is usually more reliable than a wireless connection.
  • Check with your instructor and institution before you take a test with a cellular data connection. Most institutions will advise you to avoid a cellular data connection. Exceptions: Your institution is a Blackboard mobile-enabled site with the Blackboard app available and your instructor has created a mobile-compatible test.

Do NOT refresh the page, close the window, or use the browser's back button while you take a test. If you have problems during a test, contact your instructor immediately.