Tests and Surveys

Tests and surveys are used to measure student knowledge, gauge progress, and gather information from students. You can create tests and surveys and then deploy them in a course area. The difference between tests and surveys is test questions have points assigned to them for grading evaluation, whereas surveys do not. Question pools are collections of questions. When you see the phrase “question pools,” think “test banks.”

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.

Tests And Quizzes
Learn to create and administer online practice examinations.

Learn to create and manage online surveys.

Question Pools
Question pools are actually test banks which are used to “Randomize” test questions within tests.

Item Analysis
Item analysis provides statistics on overall test performance and individual test questions. This data helps you recognize questions that might be poor discriminators of student performance.

Additional Assistance:

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