Blackboard Test-Taking Tips Updated 2/3/2012
Some students have encountered technical problems when taking online tests. The best way to avoid these issues is to use Firefox 3.6 or later to take online tests in Blackboard. It is also advisable that students clear their cache prior to testing. ( click here for instructions) Please review the following carefully before taking
- Close all programs (browsers, Word etc.).
- Launch Firefox and log onto your Blackboard course site.
- Access the test page.
- Click the test you want to take. Single click on the link only. Double clicking the link will open the link twice, which may cause the system to act like you have already taken the test.
- Read the instructions carefully.
- Click the Begin button.
- Select a correct answer (single click) or enter your answer for short answer and essay questions. You do NOT need to click “Save answer” for each question.
- Please verify that you have answered all questions prior to submitting your test.
- Click the Save and Submit button at the bottom of the page when finished.
- Please use a wired Ethernet connection when taking tests if possible. Avoid public WiFi connections that may not be available for extended times.
- Blackboard maintenance is performed each morning from 4:00 am to 5:00 am. Please plan your Blackboard activities accordingly and avoid starting exams close to this time period.
Notes about test settings:
- Force Completion:
When force completion is enabled, you will not be able to exit and return to your test. If you encounter problems or you get kicked off, your instructor will need to clear your test attempt-in which case you will need to retake the entire test. If force completion is not enabled, you can exit and reenter the test if you encounter technical problems.
The Blackboard timer will run continuously from the time you start the test, and will run until the time you click Submit. The timer will run even if you exit the test or log out of Blackboard
- Auto Submit:
After time expires, the test will automatically submit regardless of whether you are on the test page or not.
- Prohibit Backtracking:
You will not be able to review or make changes once you move to the next question. Be sure you have chosen your answer prior to advancing. Do not double click on the next question button, as this may cause you to skip questions.
During the test:
- Do NOT try to navigate away from the test area of Blackboard or close the test window.
- Do NOT click any button on the Browser navigation menu (such as back, next, refresh etc.).
- Do NOT click the “Save answer” button for each question; you only need to click the “Save and Submit” button when you finish the test.
- Do NOT “double click” on anything in the exam.
- Click outside of the answer selection radio buttons before scrolling with the mouse wheel or arrow buttons. Otherwise, this will change the selected answer.
- It will take 5-30 seconds for the system to update the “Save answer” button into “Saved” after selecting an answer. Do NOT panic.
If problems occur…
- Don’t touch your keyboard or click on anything, wait for a few minutes to see if the problem resolves by itself.
- If your test freezes, or you seem to no longer be able to advance or select answers, you will need to clear your cache and browsing history.
- Call Learning Ventures Help Desk at 419-530-8835 or 1-866-886-5336 and let us know the problem you encountered. Be prepared to let us know both
the operating system (Windows or Mac OS) and the browser (Firefox, IE, Safari, Chrome) you were using at the time the problem occurred. The
more information you can provide, the easier it will be for us to help troubleshoot the problem.
- Contact your instructor about the problem you encountered.
- Capture a screenshot (if possible) and send it to UTLV@utoledo.edu or complete this form if you encounter a problem after our support hours. Make sure you include the
course number and section number, name of the test, the platform you use (Mac or Windows), and the time you experienced the problem in the