myLesley supports a large number of test formats including multiple choice, essay, short answer, calculated numeric, and more, all which may be taken online. You may also wish to collect anonymous student feedback using the Survey feature. See Tests, Pools, and Surveys for an overview of these tools.


Topics in this article include:

Creating a Test

Editing Tests and Questions

Question Types

Question Pools

Reuse Questions

Question Settings

Test and Survey Options

Test and Survey Results

Grading Tests

Import or Export Tests, Surveys, and Pools




Creating a Test

To begin, go into a content area and click on the Assessments tab at the top of the page. This will open a menu. Select Test.


This will bring you to the Create Test area. Click Create to create a new test.


Enter your test information. Give your test a name and enter a description (optional) and any instructions for your students. Click Submit to continue.



You will now be brought into the Test Canvas. Click Create Question to choose a question type and begin creating your test. 


More information on question types, including how to create different types of questions, see Question Types.


Add your questions to the test and enter the number of points per question. Once you have finished OK at the bottom of the page.


You will be brought back to the Create Test page. Select the test you just created and click Submit.


Enter your Test Options. In the Test Availability section, select Make the link available to allow students to view the test. You have the option of automatically adding an announcement when the test is live, allowing multiple attempts, setting a timer, and displaying the test only during a certain time period.


In the Show Test Results and Feedback to Students section choose how you wish your students to view their test results (after submission, on a specific date, etc.).


In the Test Presentation section you may choose whether the students see the test all at once, in one scrolling list, or one question at a time. You may also prohibit backtracking to prevent students from looking at previous questions.



Click Submit to save your changes. More information on Test Options may be found here: Test and Survey Options.



For additional information on tests, question types, etc., see Create Tests and Surveys or view the tutorials below.


How to Create a Test in Blackboard Learn


How to Create a Test Question



Editing Tests and Questions

Once you have created your test you may add, edit, and delete questions, add question sets, reorder a questions, or edit a test's information, See Edit Tests and Questions for more information.



Question Types

Blackboard supports a number of question types, including calculated formula questions, essay questions, multiple choice questions, and more. See Question Types for a list of question types and to find more information on setting up each type of question.



Question Pools

The Question Pool serves as an inventory of questions that you can that you can include in tests and surveys. You may also export and import pools for use in tests in other courses.. See Question Pools for more information or watch the tutorial video below.  



Reuse Questions

Blackboard allows you to reuse questions from all existing tests, surveys, and pools in your course. 


When building your test, click Reuse Question at the top of the page.


You will have the option to create a Question Set, a Random Block, or find existing questions. For more information see:


Find Questions

On the Find Questions page you can browse, preview, filter, and select test questions created or imported into your course. See Find Questions for more information.


Question Sets

A Question Set is a collection of questions drawn from selected tests and pools. Choose how many questions you want in each set and the questions will be randomly chosen each time a student takes a test. See Question Sets for more information.


Random Block

A random block  is a set of random questions that is presented each time a student takes a test. See Random Block for more information or watch the tutorial video below.




Question Settings

The Question Settings page allows you to adjust question settings, including scoring, feedback, images, extra credit, etc. See Question Settings for more information.



Test and Survey Options

When you deploy a test or survey you may set the options for feedback, due date, timer, force completion, password, exemptions, multiple attempts, presentation, and more. For more information see Test and Survey Options or view the tutorial video below.



Test and Survey Results

You may view your test and survey results in the Grade Center. See Test and Survey Results for more information. For more information on grading, please view Grading and the Grade Center.



Grading Tests

For more information on grading, please view Grading and the Grade Center.



Import or Export Tests, Surveys, and Pools

You may export a test, survey or question pool from one course and import it into another course. See Import or Export Tests, Surveys, and Pools for more information or watch the tutorial video below.



Looking to upload test questions from Microsoft Excel? Watch the Uploading Test Questions from Microsoft Excel tutorial.