Creating Online Tests & MCQs

How To Create a Test in Blackboard Learn

How To Create a Test in Blackboard Learn

Learn how to create a test, add questions to a test, and make your test available to students. Find out how to search and reuse questions from other tests in your course.

How to Set Test Options

How to Set Test Options

Setting test options enables you to control information about the test, including instructions, availability, timer settings, feedback, and presentation. This tutorial will show you how to add a test within a Content Area and set test options.

How to Create a Test Question

How to Create a Test Question

Blackboard Learn provides a variety of different types of questions to choose from when creating tests. This tutorial explains the basic workflow for creating test questions, as well as adding meta data and tags to the question so that it can be found and reused at a later date.

Blackboard: Tests, Surveys & Pools in more detail...

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Blackboard: Tests, Surveys & Pools

You can find detailed information here about: Setting up Test Surveys & Pools in Blackboard.

How to Create a Random Block of Test Questions

How to Create a Random Block of Test Questions

Create a unique test for each student by adding a random block of questions. Random blocks pull a set of questions from one or more question pools into your test. Each student's test will pull a selection of questions from the pool at random as the test is presented. Using random blocks is one way to prevent cheating because students will not take the same test.

Blackboard: Importing Questions into Pools from templates

When you have created a Pool, you can add questions to it manually or import them from an Excel file. The Excel file needs to be saved as a TAB delimited .txt file and be formatted according to the method described below:

Before you begin

  • The questions and the file you want to upload must meet the guidelines detailed in this topic.
  • Questions that contain an error will fail to upload. Questions without errors will upload successfully.
  • The system doesn't check for duplicate questions.
  • Uploaded questions automatically default to the point value that they're assigned when uploaded. If you didn't set a default value, questions will automatically have a point value of zero. You'll have to add a point value for each question.

Create a question file to upload

File format guidelines

Each file that contains questions to be uploaded must conform to these guidelines:

  • Each file must be a tab-delimited TXT file. You can edit this file in Microsoft® Excel® or in a text editor.
  • Blackboard recommends that each batch file not exceed 500 records because of time-out restrictions associated with most browsers.
  • Don't include a header row in the file.
  • Don't include blank lines between records. The blank line will be processed and return an error.
  • Include only one question per row.
  • The first field in each row defines the type of question.
  • Separate each field in a row with a TAB.
  • correctincorrecttruefalse, and other words that identify answers must be in English.

Question format guidelines

To upload successfully, the questions in the text file must conform to the guidelines in this table.

When uploaded to a survey, the correct|incorrect answer designation is ignored, but the file must follow the same format as described for tests and pools.

Questions that contain an error will fail to upload. Questions without errors will upload successfully.

Question Type Structure
Multiple Choice MC TAB question text (TAB answer text TAB correct|incorrect)

Text within ( ) may be repeated for each of the answers that are part of the Multiple Choice question. The maximum number of answers is 100.

Multiple Answer MA TAB question text (TAB answer text TAB correct|incorrect)

Text within ( ) may be repeated for each of the answers that are part of the Multiple Answer question. The maximum number of answers is 100.

True/False TF TAB question text TAB true|false
Essay ESS TAB question text TAB [example]

Text within [ ] is optional. You may choose to add a sample or leave this blank.

Ordering ORD TAB question text (TAB answer text)

Text within ( ) may be repeated for each of the answers that are part of the Ordering question. The maximum number of answers is 100. The order typed in the file is the correct order. The system will randomly order the answers.

Matching MAT TAB question text (TAB answer text TAB matching text)

Text within ( ) may be repeated for each of the answers that are part of the Matching question. The maximum number of answers is 100. The system will randomly order the answers and their question. When uploading a matching question, you must have a one-to-one relationship between questions and answers. If not, correct answers may be marked incorrect if more than one answer has the same value.

Fill in the Blank FIB TAB question text (TAB answer text)

Text within ( ) may be repeated for each of the answers that are part of the Fill in the Blank question. The maximum number of answers is 100.

Fill in Multiple Blanks FIB_PLUS TAB question text TAB variable1 TAB answer1 TAB answer2 TAB TAB variable2 TABanswer3

The format consists of a list of variable-answers where each variable-answer is composed of the variable name and a list of correct answers for that variable. Variable-answers are delimited by an empty field.

The maximum number of variables is 10.

File Response FIL TAB question text
Numeric Response NUM TAB question text TAB answer TAB [optional]tolerance
Short Answer SR TAB question text TAB sample answer
Opinion/Likert Scale OP TAB question text

The maximum number of answers is 100.

Jumbled Sentence JUMBLED_SENTENCE TAB question text TAB choice1 TAB variable1 TAB choice2 TAB TAB choice3TAB variable2

The format consists of a list of choices-answers. Each choice-answer consists of the choice followed by the list of variables for which that choice is the correct answer. An empty field indicates the end of a choice answer. A choice immediately followed by an empty field indicates that choice is not the correct answer for any variable.

The maximum number of answers is 100.

Quiz Bowl QUIZ_BOWL TAB question text TAB question_word1 TAB question_word2 TAB phrase1 TAB phrase2

The format consists of a list of valid question words followed by an empty field and a list of valid answer phrases.

The maximum number of interrogatives is 103.

The maximum number of answer phrases is 100.

Sample question file

 

Upload a question file

  1. Click on Tests, Surveys and Pools.
  2. Click on the Pool to which you wish to add questions.
  3. Select Upload Questions.
  4. Select Browse to locate the file.
  5. Optionally, type a number in the Points per question box to set a default value for all questions. If left blank, all questions will be set to a value of zero. Later, you can edit the individual question values.
  6. Select Submit and OK. The questions appear in the test, survey, or pool. You can edit and reorder the questions.

Blackboard Tests: Item Analysis

Item analysis provides statistics on overall test performance and individual questions. This data helps you recognise questions that might be poor discriminators of student performance. Based on what you discover, you can improve the test question so it truly assesses what students know or don't know.

Uses for item analysis:

  • Improve questions for future test administrations or to adjust credit on current attempts
  • Discuss test results with your class
  • Provide a basis for remedial work
  • Improve classroom instruction

Run an item analysis on a test

You can run an item analysis on a deployed test with submitted attempts, but not on a survey. The test can include single or multiple attempts, question sets, random blocks, auto-graded question types, and questions that need manual grading. For tests with manually graded questions that you haven't assigned scores for, statistics are generated only for the scored questions. After you manually grade questions, run the analysis again. Statistics for the manually graded questions are generated and the test summary statistics are updated.

For best results, run an analysis on a test after students have submitted all attempts, and you've graded all manually graded questions. Be aware that the statistics are influenced by the number of test attempts, the type of students who took the test, and chance errors.

  1. Roles with grading privileges—instructors, graders, and teaching assistants—access item analysis in three locations within the test workflow.
    • A test deployed in a content area
    • A deployed test listed on the Tests page
    • A test's Grade Center column
  2. Access the test's menu and select Item Analysis.
  3. In the Select Test menu, select a test. Only deployed tests are listed.
  4. Select Run.
  5. Select the new report's link in the Available Analysis section or select View Analysis in the status receipt at the top of the page.