Blackboard Tip: Build Tests from Pools

You can reuse questions from previous tests and pools to create new Blackboard Learn tests. Here’s how.

Go to Control Panel > Tests, Surveys and Pools > Tests and click Build Test to start from scratch or edit an existing test if you just want to add questions from elsewhere.

Once you’re on the “Test Canvas,” click “Reuse Question” at the top. You’ll have the option to create a question set, create a random block or just “find questions.” I recommend using the find questions options, unless you have a specific idea for your test in mind — question sets can make things tricky and random blocks are specifically for “pulling” 20 questions, say, out of a pool of 100.


Once you’ve clicked to find questions, you’ll see a pop-up window with options to narrow your search results for questions you’d like to use. You can search by a particular test or pool, by question type (multiple choice, essay, etc.), by level of difficulty (if you have questions with that data attached) or a whole range of combinations of those attributes.

Once you’ve narrowed down where you’d like to search for questions, you can preview them by clicking on the window button next to the question text.  (Click the graphic below to enlarge.)

find-questionsFinally, you’ll want to decide if you want to make a copy of your existing question or link to the original.

Once you’ve made all your selections, click submit and marvel at your brand new test with recycled questions.

For more on tests, check out our Blackboard Learn tests, surveys and pools roundup.


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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  1. […] Reuse existing questions from pools or other tests […]

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