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Test Settings (Ultra)

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When you edit or add a test in your Blackboard Ultra course, there are a number of settings you can use to ensure the activity works the way you want it to.

Note: If students have already submitted to your test, any changes you make to the settings may affect their grades.

From the test page, click the gear on the right side. You can also click any of the links in the Test Settings area to open the same settings menu. Since Blackboard Ultra uses the same interface for the assignment and test, there are multiple items in the settings that only apply to tests.

Test Settings area with gear icon highlighted

Details & Information

Details & Information test settings

In the Details & Information area, choose a due date for your test.

If students submit after the due date you set, their submissions will be flagged as late. Allow class conversations lets you create an ungraded threaded discussion associated with this test. This feature is covered in more detail in another article.

Checking the Randomize checkboxes will make the questions and/or answers in your test appear in a different order for each student. These options may be unavailable to change, depending on the number of questions and types of questions in the test.

Grading & Submissions

Grading & Submission test settings

The Grading & Submissions area allows you to determine how the test is organized within the gradebook.

Blackboard Ultra puts every test in a predefined category called Test, but you can move it if you wish. You may allow students to submit anywhere from once to unlimited times to the test. If you choose more than one submission, a new dropdown will appear allowing you to decide how the grade is calculated based on multiple submissions, like the average of all grades or the highest graded submission.

You may choose how you grade the assignment, using points, a letter grade, or percentage. Maximum points are determined by the number of questions in your test and how many points you assign to each one. More details on the question types, the structure of the grade book, and its organization are covered in other articles.

Assessment Results

Assessment Results test settings

Assessment results is where you determine what students see while after they have submitted their test. Clicking any links in this section will open a new menu with more options.

Assessment results timing menu

If you check Show correct answers, students will see the correct answers when they return to the test after they submit. Checking this box will automatically check the Show question scores box, as you are required to show each question score if you display the answer. You can choose to show the score without the correct answer, though. Checking the automated feedback box will display feedback you have built into your test questions. Again, these features are discussed in our question types article. When you are happy with the settings on this menu, click Save.

Assessment Security

Assessment security test settings

If you wish to add a layer of security to your test, you can click the Add access code link. A new menu will appear, with a the sliding off button to turn it on and off. A code will be presented to you to save and give to your students, if you so choose. Click Continue to return to the test settings. Click Save.

Additional Tools

Additional tools test settings

If you click the Add time limit link, you can provide a specific number of minutes students have to complete the test on a new menu.

Test time limit settings

The time you choose starts for each student individually when they begin the test. Under Submission rules, you can either force the active submissions to automatically submit when that time limit expires or provides extra time to those who didn’t finish within the given time limit. Click the X to return to the test Settings.

To make this a group test, click the Assign to groups link. Working with groups is covered in a separate article. Note that tests with time limits or multiple attempts cannot be assigned to groups.

Provide a brief description of the test if you wish.

Click Save when you are finished.

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