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An assessment might also be called a quiz, test, or exam. The assessment may contain questions that can be graded automatically by Blackboard (multiple choice, true/false, fill-in-the-blank, matching, ordering) and/or questions that will need to be graded by the instructor (essay, short answer). Your instructor may set up the assessment so that you see your grade as soon as you complete the assessment, when all questions have been graded, or so you do not see it until a later time. The type of review available at the end of the assessment is also determined by your instructor. Your instructor will provide you with test grade and review availability in your course.

Timed Assessments

If your instructor has set a time limit for your assessment, the following instructions must be followed to ensure you successfully submit your test.

1. You must not have any other windows open other than the testing window. This means, do not open a Word document, email, additional browser windows, etc. This may result in a disruption in your test and could result in a zero.

2. You may not begin an assessment and finish it at a later time (unless your instructor has allowed). Once the timer has started on an Blackboard test, it continues to countdown even if the student navigates away from the test. Most assessments may only be accessed once!

3. If you experience any technical difficulties at all, email your instructor at once with a DETAILED description of what occurred.

Failure to follow the above guidelines and/or additional guidelines set by your instructor may result in an assessment that cannot be graded.


Access the assessment.

The assessment directions will open.


Instructions and information about the assessment will be listed, including the number of questions, the number of attempts allowed, the time limit for the test, and the type of review.

Click the Begin button to start. If the button is not accessible, the assessment is not available for you to take it. Contact your instructor if you think your test should be available and it is not.


When you begin your test, the timer starts. You will select your answer, then save and submit when you are done. See the example below.

After choosing Submit, you will get the following message. If you are ready to submit, click OK.



Below is an example of a confirmation of submission.


If your instructor has allowed, you may go ahead and review your test. For security reasons, instructors have different windows of time in which a test may be reviewed. Below you can see a summary, including the score. Again, information can vary depending on instructor's preference.

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