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Blackboard Learn Courses – Exams

Exams are used to assess student mastery of course learning outcomes. Instructors assign point values to questions on the exam. Answers are submitted for grading, and results are recorded in the Grade Center. Students can view their grades in My Grades when instructors make them available.

Tips for Taking an Exam

  • Start exams as soon as possible. If your instructor schedules three days for your exam, plan to take the exam early on the first day. This provides time to contact technical support or your instructor, should an issue occur.
  • Be prepared. Have all necessary materials available.
  • Read all instructions. If you have any problems taking your exam or understanding exam questions, contact your instructor immediately.
  • Check your Internet connection. Make sure that you have a strong internet connection. A wired connection is usually more reliable than a wireless connection.
  • Do not refresh the page, close the window or click the browser’s back button while taking an exam. If you experience problems during an exam, contact your instructor immediately.

Taking an Exam

  1. Navigate to the exam and click the associated link.
  2. Read the Instructions and click Begin to commence the exam.
  3. As you work, answers will be saved automatically, or you can click Save Answer next to each question or Save All Answers at the top or bottom of the page as you work.
  4. Click Save and Submit when you complete the exam.

Timed Exams

If your instructor chooses a timed exam, the scheduled time is included in the instructions before you begin. You are notified of the instructor’s choice of Timer Setting, which determines whether the exam saves and submits automatically when time expires, or if you have the option to continue beyond the time limit.

Feedback and Grades

The majority of questions in exams are auto-graded. Your instructor defines the correct answers and assigns a certain number of points to each question when the exam is created. The system validates your answers against the key and assigns the score. You may see your score immediately after completing the exam if all questions are auto-graded and your instructor releases this information.

Essay questions, file response, and short answer questions are not auto-graded. Your instructor must grade these questions manually. If an exam contains these types of questions, the grade for the exam is released after grading is complete.

Retaking an Exam

If an exam is allowed to be taken multiple times, it is noted at the top of the exam. If the instructor has placed a limit on the number of attempts, it is also noted at the top. A link to take the exam again appears when the exam is re-opened. Your instructor determines whether one or more of the exam attempt scores are recorded in the Grade Center.

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