Blackboard Tip: Set Test Review Options

Want students to see how they did on a test? If so, you’ll need to review your review settings.The “show tests results and feedback to students” area at the bottom of test options allows instructors to edit what students see after they submit tests. By default, students see just the score per question after submission. Leave this and students can see that they got 1 out of 2 points on a question, say, but can’t see what the correct answer is.

option1The “all answers” checkbox shows the all the available answers, like the decoys in a multiple-choice question. Submitted, on the other hand, refers to the student’s work on the test. (If you have instructor feedback on your questions, be sure to check that option.)

You’ll also want to pay attention to the “when” drop-down menu. After submission is default, but I like to show everything “after due date” so students can fully review their work but only after everything’s turned in, to discourage cheating.

There are two rule slots here, so you can also opt to following both these options — using both would mean that students see just the score after submission but the full review after the due date. Just put the two rules right on top of each other.

option2For more possibilities, check out this detailed guide from College of DuPage.


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2 comments on “Blackboard Tip: Set Test Review Options
  1. […] So, if you want your students to only be able to see an exam the week its due, set that bad boy up to display after the start of the eligible week and the display until becomes the cutoff. Keep in mind: Display until isn’t the same as due date (see below) and totally hiding stuff — especially tests — can mess with your students’ ability to review. […]

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