Oberlin Center for Technologically Enhanced Teaching


Add image (s) to a test or exam question

Question settings include options to change default point values for a test, add images, files, or external links to questions and answers, and designate questions as extra credit.

Before you can begin adding images to questions, you will need to change the test or survey’s question settings.  See Changing Question Settings for more information.


Faculty questions about quiz features

Quiz FAQs for Faculty

Is there a way for the detailed results and answers for the quizzes to be shown without having the quizzes still available for taking (esp. for students who did not take the quiz)?

When you change the settings to show the feedback, you can add a password to the quiz. This should make the results available, but the quiz unavailable (unless you have the password). This will prevent other students from going back to take it with the correct answers. Go to the quiz, and select Modify>Modify test options>Password.  Just remember to set the password when you change the settings to show the results.

With the password set….If the test was already completed, the student will be able to review their results by clicking on the quiz or by clicking the link under “My Grades.” If the test was not completed, they will be prompted to enter the password.

The Blackboard quiz password prevents students who have not taken a quiz from accessing it after the feedback is given.

Do you know if when you give multiple choice quizzes on Blackboard, you can give negative points for incorrect answers?

There is not currently a way to do this in Blackboard. The problem is that the gradebook standardizes on a scale from 0 to 100 and does not allow negative points to be given. You could standardize on a different value other than 0, such as 10 so that “10″ would be your new “0″, and anything below 10 would be theoretically negative. But I think that this would only complicate not only the gradebook, but also the grading scale–which would confuse the heck out of the students.

The system does allow for partial grading, but students would still get points for answering. The correct answer could be worth 10, while the incorrect answer would be worth 2–this is not enough points to make a difference in the grade, but a “0″ would be more effective in this case because they wouldn’t get any points for answering wrong–so the partial grading would not be useful either.

A request has been placed with Blackboard to have them look into this as a possible product enhancement. I suspect that this may never be an option. Let me provide an example to help explain why. Say that a student guessed wrong on all 10 questions on a quiz. If each question was worth 5 pts, and wrong answers were worth -1 pt, instead of receiving a “0,” he/she would receive -10 pts on the quiz. I imagine that the system would view this as counter intuitive because you shouldn’t be able to loose more points than what the quiz was originally worth. And, regardless of whether you use negative points or not, if the student answered all of the questions wrong, he/she would still fail the quiz.

To make a short story long, we do not see a way to use negative points to discourage guessing at the present time. We’ll have to wait and see if Blackboard is able to develop something to solve this problem.

Blackboard quiz does not allow negative points.


Tips for a good experience with Blackboard quizzes and tests

Tips for Successful Quiz-Taking

  1. Do NOT wait until the last minute to take the test.
  2. Take the test on a computer through a reliable network connection. (A dial-up connection is a really bad idea–AVOID AOL!!) Also avoid using a wireless connection.
  3. Avoid multi-tasking while taking the test.  Close all unnecessary windows and programs so that your computer is dedicated only to quiz taking.
  4. Do NOT save your answers as you go. Blackboard appears to have a glitch which sometimes results in answers being lost and the test locking up whenever one of the “Save” buttons is clicked. Instead, it is recommended that you complete the test and click “Submit.” Stay away from all “Save” buttons.
  5. Avoid hitting the Back, Forward, Home, or Refresh/Reload buttons in their browser.
  6. Avoid entering new URLs in the Address or Location fields of the browser.
  7. Avoid selecting any pages from Favorites/Bookmarks in the assessment’s browser window.
  8. Avoid using a scroll wheel on a mouse to scroll down through a set of test questions. Scroll wheels can inadvertently change answers. Use the window scroll bar not the scroll wheel.
  9. Be sure to use a supported browser.


If you are using a Mac to take this test, you will need to turn off your Visual Text Box Editor (VTBE) in order to avoid problems. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO ACCESS THE TEST BEFORE following these instructions as it will result in an error.

Please follow these steps to turn off the VTBE:

  1. Click on the Home Tab.
  2. From the menu on the left, click “View Personal Settings”.
  3. From this list, click “Set Visual Text Box Editor Options”.
  4. Change the availability to “unavailable” and click submit.
  5. Go back to your course and take the test.


Problems that may occur during quizzes or surveys:

  • User receives a message indicating that “the assessment has not been completed”
  • User receives a message indicating that the “assessment was already submitted”
  • User loses internet connection
  • User accidentally logs out
  • Submitting quiz caused browser to freeze
  • Attempt in Progress icon:  A Student is currently using the Assessment or Assignment.  If you have taken an assessment and you now have this icon as a grade, this indicates that the test was not submitted correctly and Blackboard believes that the student is still taking the test.   A common reason for this is that the student selected SAVE, not SUBMIT at the end of the assessment or the Internet connection was lost during the test.  Immediately log back into Blackboard, access the assessment, complete it and SUBMIT it.  If you are unable to access the assessment, the instructor should be contacted immediately.

*In all these above cases, the instructor will need to “clear attempt” if they want to allow the student to retake the quiz.  The student will not be able to take the assessment again until the attempt is cleared. The student should contact the Instructor, explain in detail what occurred, and ask the Instructor to clear the assessment attempt. It is up to the Instructor to decide whether to allow the student access to the assessment a second time.

What if my Pop-up blocker in IE is preventing me from taking the quiz or forcing me to right-click?

This is a security feature for Internet Explorer.  You can change the settings by following these instructions:

  1. Open your IE browser
  2. Click on the Tools menu.
  3. From the Tools menu select “Internet Options”
  4. From Internet Options select the “Privacy” tab
  5. At the bottom of the tab is the Pop-up blocker section.  Make sure the “Block pop-ups” is checked.
  6. Click the “Settings” button
  7. Here we will need to add Bb to the acceptable list (unless you’ve already done this).  Type the url ( https://blackboard.oberlin.edu ) and then click the “ADD” button.  The address should appear in the “allowed sites” list.
  8. Then (right below the list) you will find the Filter Level—I suspect that yours is set to “HIGH”—which forces a ctrl-click to access pop-ups.  Change this setting to “MEDIUM” which will remove the ctrl-click (however, be sure that the pop-up blocker is checked because otherwise you may receive pop-ups you don’t want–you want to block everything accept the ones on the list).
  9. Click “Close” to accept changes.
  10. Click “OK” to accept Changes.