Blackboard Tip: Change Quiz Point Values

A couple of instructors have reported that students have shown test grades that are too low — they see via the review settings that they got all the questions right but one, say, but their My Grades view shows an F.

If this happens, you may want to check that the grade-point value for the test in the grade center actually matches the point value on the actual test. For example, I saw one situation in which the syllabus stated that the quiz was worth 100 points, and  the Grade Center Column reflected this, but if you looked at the quiz itself, that value was only 10. So the students took the quiz, answered all questions correctly, but scored only 10 percent in the gradebook.

You can check if this a problem by looking at the grade column. Hover over the column title to get a preview of its point value.


Note: If it is incorrect, you can change the point value here by clicking on the edit chevron to the right of the column header and then on Edit Column Information.

To reconcile the gradebook and test values so students’ grade percentages are accurate, you need to change the point value per question in the test itself.

Go to Control Panel > Course Tools > Tests, Surveys and Pools > Tests, then find and edit the test in question. You’ll want to select the questions you want to change the value for, which, in this case is all of them. You can select All. Then type the correct value in the box by points. In the example above, the 100-point test really had 10 questions worth one point each. So this instructor needed to change the points per question to 10 to equal 100 points total.

After typing in the points, click Update. If students have taken the test, this button will say “Update and Regrade” and Blackboard will warn you that you’re about to affect grades. But that’s okay because, in this case, you want to.


This is happening, I think, because ANGEL would automatically correct the disparity between the gradebook and points-per-question in the test, but Blackboard will not. If you see it in one test/quiz, I recommend going through them all to check.

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Alex is online course support technician at IDS, working to support all online, hybrid and LMS-enhanced instructors and students in using Blackboard and several media servers. She's also the administrator for the MCC Blogs network. You can reach her at

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