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

The Create a Test in Blackboard video tutorial will walk you through creating a test in Blackboard.




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

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

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

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

image of test canvas with highlight to different question types: calculated formula, calculated numeric, either/or, essay, file response, fill in multiple blanks, fill in the blank, hot spot, jumbled sentence, matching, multiple answer, multiple choice, opinion scale/likert, ordering, quiz bowl, short answer, true/false


Add your questions to the test and enter the number of points per question.


For more information on creating a test question, view the Create a Test Question video.



For more information on each of the available test question types, see:


Once you have finished adding questions to your test, 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.

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You will now be prompted to enter the options for your test. 


In the Test Information section, you may add a name for the link to your test. By default, this is the same as the name of your test. 


You may also add a description for your link (this may be the same as your test instructions).

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The Test Availability section allows you to add the availability options for your students. This includes when they can see the test and how many times they can take it.


Select make available to students to allow students to view the test. If you do not click this button, students will not be able to take your test.


Select whether or not you wish to create a new announcement for this test. This will automatically create an announcement to let students know that the test is available.


You may decide how many times you wish to allow students to take the test. By default, students can only take the test once. If you select multiple or unlimited attempts, you may decide which of the attempts will be calculated in the Grade Center: last graded attempt, highest grade, lowest grade, first graded attempt, average of graded attempts.


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.


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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 and randomize the questions so that they can appear in any order, not necessarily the order in which they were created.




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



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.



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.




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



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.


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