Step 1: Click  “Grade Center” under the “Course Management” panel.

Step 2: Click  “Full Grade Center”.

Step 3: Locate the column of the test to grade.

Step 4: Locate  the exclamation mark. 

Step 5: Click the action link item to the right of the exclamation mark. 

Step 6:  Click the student’s “Attempt”. 

Step 7:  Locate the essay that needs attention.

Step 8: Grade the essay.

Step 9: Give feedback.

Step 10: Click “Save and Next”

To Manually Override a Grade

Step 1: Click the exclamation mark or double dashed line. 

Step 2: Enter points.

Step 3: Click enter.

Note: The triangle indicates the grade has been overridden.






Step 1: Click “Grade Center” under the “Course Management” panel. grade center

Step 2: Select “Full Grade Center”.

Step 3: Click “Manage”. manage.jpg

Step 4: Select “Row Visibility”. row visibility

Step 5: Checkmark checkmarkall students who are not enrolled in the course.

Step 6: Click “Hide Rows”. hide rows

Step 7: Click “Submit”.  submit

Creating a Weighted Column using Categories to Select
  1. Click on “Grade Center” under the “Course Management” panel.

  2. Click on “Full Grade Center”.

  3. Select “Weighted Column”.

  4. Name the column.

  5. Click on the drop down menu for “Primary Display”. Select “Score”.

  6. Click on the title for the Categories that needs included in the weighted total in “Section 3. Select Columns”.

  7. Click on the right arrow next to the “Selected Columns” box. The category title should then move from the “Categories to Select” box to the “Selected Columns” box.

  8. Insert the correct percentage in the % box.

  9. Select to weigh columns as “Equally” or “Proportionally”.

    1. Equally applies equal value to all Columns within a Category.

    2. Proportionally applies the appropriate value to a Grade Item based on its points compared to other columns in the category.

  1. Repeat steps 5 – 9 until all the necessary Categories have moved.

  2. Click on the  “Submit” button.

Creates a Calculated Column that displays the calculated result of quantities and their respective percentages.

Step 1: Click on “Grade Center” under the “Course Management” panel. Image of Grade Center

Step 2: Click on “Full Grade Center”.

Step 3: Select “Weighted Column”.
Image of Create Calculated Column

Step 4: Name the column.

Step 5: Click on the drop down menu for “Primary Display”. Select “Score”.
Primary Display

Step 6: Click on the title for the Total Column that needs to be included in the weighted total in “Section 3. Select Columns”.

Step 7: Click on the right arrow next to the “Selected Columns” box. The column title should then move from the “Columns to Select” box to the “Selected Columns” box. right arrow

Step 8: Insert the correct percentage in the % box.
Selected column

Step 9: Repeat steps 5 – 7 until all the necessary Total Columns have moved.

Step 10: Click on the  “Submit” button.

Creates a total points column in the grade center.

Step 1: Click on “Grade Center” under the “Course Management” panel.

Step 2: Click on “Full Grade Center”.

Step 3: Click on the “Create Calculated Column” button.

Step 4: Select “Total Column”.

Step 5: Name the column (i.e. Total Homework).

Step 6: Click on the drop down menu for “Primary Display”. Select “Score”.

Step 7: Choose “Selected Columns and Categories” in “Section 3. Select Columns”.

Step 8: Click on the title for a column that needs to be included in this specific category.  

Step 9: Click on the right arrow next to the “Selected Columns” box. The column title should then move from the “Columns to Select” box to the “Selected Columns” box.

Step 10: Repeat steps 8 and 9 until all the necessary columns are moved.

Step 11: Click on the  “Submit” button

Repeat steps 1 – 11 for each “category”.

Part I: Creating a Test

Step 1: Click on Test, Surveys, and Pools under Course Tools on the Course Management Navigation Menu

Step 2: Select Tests and click on the Build Test button.
Build Test Button

Step 3: Provide a name, description and instructions for the test.

Step 4: Click on the Submit button.
Submit Button
Step 5: Click on Create Question button and select the type of question to create.
Create Question Button

Step 6: Provide a question title and text and look at all of the options provided for this type of question such as Feedback, Categories, etc. Click on the Submit button. The question will appear in the test.
True or False Question

Step 7: You can also reuse questions from other tests or from a pool if you had imported one from a publisher or migrated from a previous course or have previously created one by clicking on the Reuse Question button and selecting Find Questions.
Reuse Question Button

You can choose any question from a pool and link to it or copy it to your test.

Step 8: Setting up point value: By default, the system assigns 10 point value for each question but you can change the individual value for each of the questions by clicking on the Points and adjusting the value for each individual question or for all at the same time by selecting all questions, entering the point value and click on the Update button.

After all questions are created or reused from the pool, click on the OK button. You will see the test in the Test Canvas page but it is not yet visible to students. It now needs to be deployed in a content area such as a Learning Module, Assessments, Tests, etc.

Part II: Deploying a Test

Step 1: To deploy the test in a Content Area, click on any Content Area you wish to place the test in such as a Learning Module or Assessments.

Step 2: Click on the Assessments button and select Test.
Assessments Button

Step 3: Select the test you created from the menu next to Add an Existing Test.
Add Test Button


Click on the Submit button. The test will be deployed in the Content Area selected.

Part III: Set up the Test Options

Step 1: Carefully look through all the options provided such as Test Information, Test Availability, Test Availability Exceptions, etc.

Option 1 Test Information: Decide if the test should be opened in a same or a new browser window

Option 2 Test Availability:

  • Make the Link Available – Select Yes to allow students access to the Test. The default setting is No. To set a specific range of time when the Test is available, select Yes and then enter the dates and times of the range using the drop-down menus below.
  • Add a New Announcement for this Test: Select Yes to add a new Announcement for the Test.
  • Multiple attempts: How many times are students allowed to take this this test. Left unchecked, students are allowed a single attempt to take the Test.
  • Force Completion: Students must complete the Test the first time it is launched in one sitting. Students may not exit the Test and continue working on it at a later date. The Save button is available for Students to save Test answers as they work, but they may not exit and re-enter the Test.

Note: If a student has a technical problem and Force Submission option is selected, Blackboard system will not allow the students to go back and continue the test. A good option instead is to select Set Timer and turn the Auto Submit On.

  • Set Timer – A timer displays to the Students during the Test.
  • Auto-Submit – If a timer is set, turning Auto-Submit on will save and submit the assessment automatically when time expires. Leaving it off will give students the option to continue after time expires.
    Set Timer Option
  • Display After and Display Until date control when and for how long the test will be visible to students in the content area.
    availability Dates Option
  • Password – Set a password if required to access the Test. Passwords are limited to 15 characters and are case sensitive.

Option 3 Test Availability Exceptions: Exceptions can apply to individual students or groups of students. If the test is no longer available to students but you would like to release it to a student who missed it or provide them with an additional attempt this is the option.
Test Availability Exceptions Options

For detailed instructions, please see our tutorial on Exceptions for Tests.

Option 4 Due Date: Set the date the test is due. Setting up the Due date will enter a notification inside the calendar. Optionally, do not allow students to take a test once the due date has passed.

Option 5 Self-assessment Options: If this test is a self-assessment, choose to include or hide the scores in the Grade Center.

Note: If you decide to include the test in the Grade Center after it was hidden, all prior attempts will be deleted.

  • Include the test in Grade Center score calculations: Test results can be used in Grade Center calculations by selecting this option. Test scores do not need to be revealed to Students to be used in Grade Center calculation. Self-Assessment Tests are generally not included in Grade Center calculations
  • Hide the score of this test from the Grade Center: Test scores are hidden in the Grade Center. Hiding the score does not hide the Test Column in the Grade Center. The Test Column will display to Instructors as Complete or Incomplete. This setting is most commonly used for Student Self-Assessments. Students can take Tests to reinforce learning without having the scores used in Grade Calculations.

Option 6 Show Test Results and Feedback to Students: Test results and feedback are available to students after they complete a test. Students can view the selected options when they click on My Grades and click on the Calculated Score.

For instance: You can set up yout test so After Submissions, students can see the score and After the Availability or Due Date they can see the correct answers.

Option 7 Test Presentation: This option controls the way the Test questions are presented to Students using the following settings:

  • All at once – The entire test is displayed on one screen. Students may have to scroll down to answer questions.
  • One at a time – Each question is displayed alone on the screen. Students control going to the next question.We recommend you select this option.
  • Prohibit Backtracking – The setting is only used when questions are displayed one at a time. Students are not allowed to go back and change the answer to a question that has already been answered.
  • Randomize Questions – Tests with multiple questions will display them in a random order to Students. Different Students see the questions in a different order. The same Student will see questions in a different order when multiple attempts are permitted.

Step 2: Click on the Submit button.

You are ready with creating, deploying and setting up the test.

Part IV: Grading the Test Submissions

Step 1: To grade the test, go to Full Grade Center or if you have set up a Smart View you may click on Tests from Grade Center menu.

Note: You can use Needs Grading but we strongly recommend using the actual Full Grade Center itself for grading the tests.

Step 2: Locate the column associated with the test. If all questions were set up to be graded by automatically by the computer, you will see the students’ score. If you have used short answer or any other question type that requires your input, you will see the Needs Grading icon.

Step 3: Click on just to the right of the score or the Needs Grading icon on the Action Link item and click on the attempt.

This will give you a preview of the student’s test submission. You can view their answer, grade and provide feedback

An important feature is the Test Information option.

Step 4: Click on the Access Log button to see all the details about this particular student’s submission such as the exact time the test was started and how much time was spent on each question

Step 5: Click on Save and Next button to grade the next student’s submission.

Print Instructions: Test Setup Overview PDF

Note: A course link for a test can only be created after the test has been deployed. See the Deploy a Test tutorial.

Step 1: Go to the content area in which the test course link needs to appear

Step 2: Click on the “Build Content” Bouild content button

Step 3: Select “Course Link”

Step 4: Click on the “Browse…” button to choose an item to link to Choose item option

Step 5: Select the appropriate item

Step 6: Name the link

Step 7: Create brief link description if needed

Step 8: Select “Standard Options” as necessary

Step 9: Click on the “Submit” button

Note: This process will encounter problems if there is a question set within a test.

Part 1: Export the Test

Step 1: In the course where the course is located, click on “Course Tools” underneath the Course Management Panel.

Step 2: Select “Tests, Surveys, and Pools”.

Step 3: Click on “Tests”.

Clicking on the "Tests" option

Step 4: Hover over the title of test and click on the Action Link Item (circle) that appears to the right.

Step 5: Select “Export to Local Computer”.

Select the Export to Local Computer button from the action link item menu

Step 6: The file will download as a zip folder. If using a Mac, it is recommended to use Chrome so that the zip folder does not automatically uncompress or unzip.


Part 2: Import the Test

Step 1: Go to the course in which the test should be imported into and click on “Course Tools” underneath the Course Management Panel.

Step 2: Click on “Tests, Surveys, and Pools” and select “Tests”.

Step 3: Click on the “Import Test” button.

Clicking on the Import Test button

Step 4: Click on the “Browse My Computer” button and navigate to the zipped file downloaded in Part 1.

Step 5: Select the folder and click on the “Open” button.

Step 6: Click on the “Submit” button. It may take a few minutes to process.

Step 7: Click on the “OK” button when the “Test Import Complete” screen shows.

Test Import Complete screen with log and date

Note: The test will still need to be deployed. Instructions for deploying a test can be found in the Deploy a Test tutorial.

Note: A test can only be deployed once. If students need to have many points of access for the test, create a Course Link for each additional access point.

Step 1: Go to a content area in which the test needs deployed

Step 2: Click on the “Assessments” button and select “Test”

"Test" option selected underneath the "Assessments" button


Option 1: Create a Test

Step A: Click on the “Create” button

Step B: Give the test canvas a name, as well as a description and instructions as necessary

Step C: Click on the “Submit” button

Step D: Click on the “Create Question” or “Reuse Question” button

Note: Questions sets can not be exported or imported

Step E: Click on the “OK” button after adding questions to the test canvas

Ok button

Step F: Click on the “Submit” button

Option 2: Add an Existing Test

Step A: Select the name of the test in the “Add an Existing Test” box

Add test screen with "Testing" test highlighted underneath "Add an Existing Test" box

Step B: Click on the “Submit” button

Step 3: Apply the appropriate Test Options including availability, timer, attempts, exceptions, presentation, etc.

Step 4: Click on the “Submit” button.