Overview

A Blackboard assessment may be a quiz, survey, or exam.

After taking an assessment, you will either see an automatic grade in your Grade book, or you will see an exclamation point, which indicates there is something in the exam that needs to be graded by your instructor, such as an essay question.

Question types may include ‘multiple choice,’ ‘true or false,’ ‘fill in the blank,’ ‘multiple answer,’ ‘matching,’ ‘ordering,‘ or essay.’ It is important to understand the distinction between 'multiple choice' and 'multiple answer.' Multiple choice questions, which are indicated by round (radio) buttons, allow you to select only one correct answer. For multiple answer questions, you’ll see answers listed with square checkboxes in front of them, which allow for selecting more than one correct answer.

  • To start your quiz or exam, click on the exam link. Make sure that you are really ready to take your assessment, and try to avoid all interruptions. This could mean unplugging your telephone or waiting to take the test until after your kids have gone to bed.
  • Many assessments are timed, so be sure to watch your elapsed time displayed in your browser. If a test is timed, you'll also get a one minute warning before the exam ends.

There are two ways in which your professor may display your exam.  We will take a look at each in the videos below. In the second video, there is also a quick overview of how assessments are posted in the grade book.

Watch(4min): Exam Presented all Questions at Once
Watch(2min): Exam Presented One Question at a Time
Read: Completing Tests in Blackboard

Please remember, OEL cannot at any time reset an assessment with consent from your instructor.  You MUST contact your instructor immediately if you have any issues with your exam.

Exam Best Practices

  • Check your internet connection. Make sure you have a reliable, steady connection before starting your exams. Mobile hotspots are NOT recommended if you have other options.
  • Ensure you're in a location where you won't be interrupted.
  • Before starting the test, know how much time is available for it, and also that you've allotted sufficient time to complete it.
  • Never wait until the last possible moment to attempt an exam, if you can.
  • Before you attempt an exam, restart your computer to make sure there are no past programs running which may interfere with the exam. The only program you should open is your web browser.
  • While in the exam, do not use the Back button in the web browser or double click the mouse.
  • SAVE your work as you complete the exam, every 10-15 minutes should be fine. Click the ‘Save All Answers’ button at the top or bottom of the page.
  • Double check your answer selection before moving on to the next question.
  • Do not let the computer go to sleep. If you are working on a long question, wiggle your mouse every five minutes. Most computers will go to sleep after 10-30 minutes.
  • When you click to submit your exam, be patient. A long exam may take a few moments to submit. Only click the submit button one time.

Secured Exams

You may find that your instructor will ask you to complete a secured exam. The University of Michigan - Flint uses Respondus Lockdown Browser to do this. The Respondus LockDown Browser is an alternative browser designed for use with Blackboard exam testing. This browser will limit the student’s ability to copy, paste, or print during their exam and will also prevent students from using the web for other uses during testing. You will be using this browser instead of your normal browser (Chrome, Firefox, etc.) for your examinations.


Chromebooks do not allow installation of the Respondus LockDown Browser.


Download: Respondus Lockdown Browser
Watch(2min): Introduction to Respondus Lockdown Browser
Guide: Using Respondus Lockdown Browser
Guide: Respondus Lockdown Browser on iPad


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