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Academic Technology Launchpad: Tests and Quizzes in Blackboard

Quick Guide to computer and academic technology resources for students.

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Note: The Blackboard Learning System may be offline for Maintenance every week day from 6:00 to 7:00 AM CST, so don't plan to take a test during that time.

General Suggestions for taking tests or quizzes in Blackboard

Most tests and quizzes allow only 1 attempt, so you will want to avoid any problems. Read and follow any instructions from your instructor and these general suggestions carefully.

Before you start a test or quiz:

  • Make sure you have a reliable internet connection.
    • If you are on-campus using a laptop, be sure and use MC-Secure wireless; DO NOT use MC-Guest wireless.
    • If you are off-campus, be sure your internet connection is stable and reliable.
  • Check your computer settings and browser for Blackboard compatibility
  • Allow pop-ups.
  • Most tests and quizzes are not mobile-friendly, so DO NOT take a test or quiz using a mobile device, Chromebook, or iPad. Use a Blackboard-compatible computer and browser.
  • Check for and remove any spyware or malware on your computer. Spyware or malware can interfere with online tests, as well as causing other problems.
  • If you are going to start a timed test or a test that expires at a particular time, be aware of that limit and plan accordingly. DO NOT wait till the last minute to start a test or quiz.
  • Avoid the Blackboard maintenance window - weekdays 6-7 AM CST.

During the test or quiz:

  • DO NOT multi-task. DO NOT take a break in the middle of a test or quiz. Close all other programs or browsers on your computer before beginning a test or quiz. Complete the test or quiz in one sitting.
  • DO NOT minimize, maximize or resize your browser window, or open another browser window during the test or quiz.You may get locked out.
  • DO NOT refresh or reload your browser during a quiz or test. You may get locked out.
  • DO NOT use the Enter key for Submit. Use only single left-clicks of your mouse.
  • DO NOT use the browser navigation links or icons at the top of your browser such as back or forward. Use the Blackboard test navigation only.
  • DO NOT double-click on any Blackboard buttons or links during a quiz. i.e. Forward, Backward, Next, First question, Last question, Save, or Submit. Click buttons only once and wait. Click only once / one time on the Save or Submit buttons. Be patient and wait a second and you'll be able to progress. If you click more than once, you may get locked out.
  • DO NOT use a scroll wheel on a mouse to scroll down through a set of test questions. Scroll wheels can inadvertently change other answers. Use the window scroll bar, not the scroll wheel on a mouse.
  • Periodically click Save. Allow any AutoSave or Saving process to complete before clicking Save and Submit or any other button.

As you finish up:

  • Before clicking Save and Submit to finish an exam, you may check the question completion status indicator at the top of the page to make sure all questions were saved.
  • Remember to click on the Submit button when you are finished with an exam or test. 
  • Allow the Submit process to completely finish before closing your browser, moving to another page, or clicking any other button.

After the test or quiz:

FAQs: Tests and Quizzes

How do I get a test or quiz reset?

If your progress during a quiz or test was interrupted and you need to start over, contact your instructor for the course. Explain the situation and, if appropriate, they will be able to reset the quiz or test for you. The Help Desk cannot reset quizzes and tests for students.

Before taking a test or quiz again: Be sure to use the browser check to be sure your computer is compatible with Blackboard. Review and follow all the suggestions above for taking tests and quizzes in Blackboard.

What if I get an error message when taking a quiz or test? 

If this happens, you should contact your instructor. Explain the situation and, if appropriate, they will be able to reset the quiz or test for you. Our Help Desks cannot reset quizzes and tests for students.

Before taking a test or quiz again: Be sure to use the browser check to be sure your computer is compatible with Blackboard. Review and follow all the suggestions above for taking tests and quizzes in Blackboard.

FAQ: Status Bar

Jan 2016: For all users, when taking a test or quiz, the status bar is appearing in the middle of the screen. The status bar cannot be moved and some students have found it annoying.

Workaround: You can scroll up and down the page to read the material under the bar. The bar will move along with the page, but stay in that sort of middle position, not at the top of the page where it used to be.

This is probably related to the update recently and the change was reported so the Blackboard team is checking further into the situation and any options.

Let us know if you have further questions.