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Blackboard 9.1 Quiz Results and Feedback to Students

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In order to increase test security, faculty can use Blackboard’s enhanced test results and feedback options under Test Options to:

  • restrict when test results and feedback are shown to students
  • select which results (scores, correct responses, and submitted answers) students can view

By default, students see the test results for any course in the My Grades tool (always available in the My Blackboard menu of the global navigation panel) unless you disable the test results in Test Options or hide the grade column from students.

Possible scenarios for showing test results and feedback:

  • After Submission: Students can see their test results immediately.
  • One-time View: Students can view test results only once, and only after clicking the Save and Submit. If the instructor has turned off all the results, the students will not see any questions.
  • On Specific Date: Students can view test results only after the specified date and time fields.
  • After Due Date: Students can view the test results only after that date.
  • After Availability End Date: Students can view their results after the specified test availability end date.
  • After Attempts Are Graded: If tests include essay questions that must be manually graded by the instructor, students will see the specified results after all the attempts have been graded.

Below are 4 scenarios for setting the test and feedback options for test and exams. Each example will show the Test Results and feedback to students setting and be followed by a view of what the student actually sees once they have submitted the exam.

After Submission with Score per Question Selected

After Submiission and Score Per Question

After Submiission and Score Per Question

One-Time View with No Selections and After Due Date With All Selected

One time view no selections and after due date everything

One time view no selections and after due date everything

After Submission with All Options Selected

after submissiona all

after submissiona all

One-Time View with Score per Question and After Due Date With All Options Selected

One time view score per question and after due date all

One time view score per question and after due date all


Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

July 27, 2015 at 9:00 am

4 Responses

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  1. Hi Sherri,
    On the first example that you gave–“what student observes” with just the score per question. Is the answer that the see the correct answer to the question or it that their answer.
    Thanks for your help!


    September 3, 2015 at 2:58 pm

  2. I am having a lot of problems with my students, since they want to see the answers while taking the exam. Many of them take the exam on their PC from their own setting and pass the answers which are identified as correct. Im so frustrated with this situation.


    February 27, 2016 at 9:34 am

    • Eileen, you have several different options with exams. You can allow the students to see the questions and answers one time only. Or you can only give them access to that information after all exams are taken and graded. You should play around with the release options to see what best fits your needs. If you use Respondus Lock Down browser, you can release the questions to students and they will not be able to copy and paste the answers. That will not stop them from taking a picture with their phones. I do not know of a fool proof way to keep them from cheating. Anytime you allow students to see the questions and answers there is always dangers of the test leaking out to other test takers. Sorry I could not help you any further, I don’t know how the students are using their settings to pass on the answers. I would try Lock Down Browser to keep them from copy pasting the answers. You may also consider proctored exams. We do proctored exams and give the students 3 options for proctoring, proctor here at the student success center, use Proctor U (Which costs students money), or find their own private proctor (Which must be verified by the instructor). It protects the integrity of the program, but is a hassle for faculty and students. I don’t know what else to tell you on this matter. Thanks Sherri

      Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

      February 29, 2016 at 4:52 pm

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