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Ultra Workflow 3: Blackboard Test

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Setting up a Blackboard Test

On the Course Content page, select the plus sign wherever you want to add a test. In the menu, select Create to open the Create Item panel and scroll down to select Test in the Assessment area.


Give the Test a Title, then open the Test Settings by clicking on the cog icon over on the right.


Filling in the Test Settings


You can add the questions to the test before filling in the Test Settings.

Add the questions by clicking on the plus icon under where you added the title of the test then select the questions types you want from the pop-up panel.


Select the type of question you want to create. You can add any of the question types to a single test. 

Select from, Calculated Formula, Essay, Fill in the Blank, Matching, Multiple Choice, and True/False.

You can add an existing Question Pool, as well as Reuse Question. There is also an opportunity to add images and other media to the questions.


For Multiple Choice Questions Fill in a question then add several answers marking one as correct, this type can also be used for Multiple Answers by selecting multiple answers as correct. Instructors will see the correct answers in Preview mode.


To add another question, press on the Plus icon below the previous question.


For Fill in the Blanks Question write out a sentence inserting square brackets with numbers in them in numerical order [1] [2] [3] in the spaces. Then fill in the answers in the following page. Instructors will see the correct answers in Preview mode.

"Fill in the Blank question, instructor view with the correct answers filled in"

The Essay Question with attached Rubric

The Essay Question is not marked by the computer but has to be manually marked, however you can upload a file to help with consistent marking.


Once you have written a question and want to save it, go to the bottom and you will find a Cancel button and a Submit button.

After you have finished creating the questions return to the Test Settings and finish filling in the relevant information.

Further information

Further information on Tests can be found on Blackboard's own Guides here:

More on Question Types can be found here:


Question Banks, Pools and Reusing questions

You can Import a 'Pool' from Blackboard Original courses. Now called a Bank (imported via a ZIP file) and any of the old formats not in Ultra disappear, once they are moved over,  they are locked! So to use any of the questions you have to copy them into an assessment. You can reuse questions as Pools which are a block of questions which you can add to and subtract from, only after copying into an assessment, Essentially you have to copy questions into assessments before you can do anything with them.

More on Reuse Questions:

More on Question Banks:

More on Question Pools:

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