Viewing and Grading Tests

You can view and grade tests from the Grade Center, where a column is created automatically for every assessment. You can also access submissions on the Needs Grading page. The Needs Grading page is discussed later in this workshop.

Some types of questions, such as true/false and multiple choice, are graded automatically, while others, such as short answer and essay questions, must be graded manually. You also have the option of adjusting a grade for an automatically graded question. For example, if a student successfully defends an answer selection, you can edit the grade for the question.

No purely online assessment system can prevent all forms of cheating. Unless you are giving the test as a proctored computer lab test, you should consider Blackboard assessments tantamount to a take-home exam. If you are not comfortable with take-home exams, you should not be using Blackboard for assessments.

  1. On the Control Panel, click Full Grade Center under Evaluation.
  2. In Grade Center, locate the cell for the student’s test containing an exclamation mark. The exclamation mark appears when a test requires grading.
  3. Move the mouse pointer over the cell to see the Action Link and click the Action Link to access the contextual menu.
  4. Select View Grade Details.
  5. On the Grade Details page, the attempts the student has made on the test are show. There will only be multiple attempts shown if that was an option you selected when deploying the test.
  6. On the Grade Test/Attempt page, review the student’s answers, grade any questions that require manual grading, and enter Feedback, if desired.
  7. Click Save and Exit. You are returned to the Grade Center.

Overriding Grades

  1. In Grade Center, locate the cell containing the student’s graded test to override.
  2. Move the mouse pointer over the cell to see the Action Link.
  3. Click the Action Link to access the contextual menu then select View Grade Details.
  4. On the Grade Details page, click the Manual Override tab.
  5. In the Override Grade cell, enter the changed grade.
  6. Optionally, enter Feedback to User which explains the grade change.
  7. Optionally, enter Grading Notes for yourself.
  8. Click Save. The updated Grade Details page appears.
  9. You are returned to the Grade Details page and the new grade is now the Current Grade.

Clearing Attempts

  1. In Grade Center, locate the cell containing the student’s test grade to clear.
  2. Move the mouse pointer over the cell to see the Action Link.
  3. Click the Action Link to access the contextual menu and select View Grade Details.
  4. On the Grade Details page,  locate the Clear Attempt button adjacent to the attempt of interest. (NOTE: There may be more than one Clear Attempt button if you enabled Multiple Attempts on a Test or Survey.) Select Clear Attempt. A warning message appears.

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  5. Click OK
  6. To return to the Grade Center, click Return to Grade Center at the bottom of the page, or use the breadcrumbs.