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Blackboard Test Feedback Options

Test feedback options determine the type of results users receive after a test is submitted. The options are set on the Test Options screen in the section titled Show Test Results and Feedback to Students.

You may set up to two rules to show results and feedback. If conflicts in rules occur, the most permissive settings for that user or groups of users is granted. For example, students will receive the greatest number of attempts, longest availability time, and so on.

The following image shows the two default options applied to tests: After Submission and Score per Question. If you make no changes in this section, students see their overall test scores, and the scores earned for each individual question after they submit their tests. Select more options to determine what else they see, such as the correct answers or your feedback.

Section 6 of the Test Options screen

Important! Students can always see their overall test scores. You cannot change that option from this page. If you do not want them to see their scores yet, choose the column option Hide from Students in the Grade Center. However, when you hide a test column from students, they see nothing about the test in My Grades. When they access the test in the content area, they receive a message stating when they submitted the test. No scores appear.

Setting Feedback Options

Each rule has two parts: when the feedback will be displayed, and what feedback will be displayed.

Rules for showing when feedback will be displayed.
Options are:

What Options are:

For the first rule, an instructor will typically choose only Score per question, and After Submission. OR an instructor will un-check all boxes so nothing displays After Submission.

For the second rule, an instructor may choose to allow students to see what answers he/she missed. Choosing Score per question, Submitted Answers, and Show Incorrect Questions might be what you want to display After Availability End Date.


To select Result and Feedback options, go to a content area and locate a deployed test.

Chevron next to a test link.

Click the chevron next to the test name and select Edit the Test Options.

In the section titled Show Test Results and Feedback to Students on the Test Options screen, you will see the available options. To select an option, click the check box associated with the option.


The information presented below shows and describes what students will see for various options and combinations of options.

This assumes all questions are objective and will be automatically scored upon submission.

No checkboxes selected

Clear the check box if you do not want to show scores for individual questions. Only the score displays in the heading. NOTE: this section always displays.

Only the heading section and score displays if no checkboxes are selected.

Score per Question

When the Score per Question option is selected, the questions are displayed, but no answer choices. Earned points per question are also displayed. 

Score per question

Score per Question & All Answers

When the All Answers option is chosen all of the questions are displayed, but there is no indication of what answer the student selected.  The Score also displays.

Score and All Answers displayed

Score per Question & Correct Answers

The question and the correct answers are displayed when the Correct Answers option is chosen.  The student’s selected answer is not displayed. The Score will also display.

Test feedback with score and correct answers displayed.

Score per Question & Submitted Answers

The question and the student's selected answers are displayed when Submitted Answers is chosen.  The other answer possiblities are not displayed. The Score also displays.

Instructor feedback displayed

Score per Question & Feedback

When Feedback is checked, the question along with the appropriate feedback is displayed: If the question was answered correctly, the "Correct" feedback will display. If the question was answered incorrectly, the "Incorrect" feedback is displayed. The Score also displays.

Questions with the instructor's feedback.

Score & Show Incorrect Questions

When Incorrect is selected, answers selected by students are displayed, along with an indication of whether the answer is correct or incorrect. The Score also displays.

Incorrect Answers only display

Score, Submitted Answers & Show Incorrect Questions

When the Score, Submitted Answers and the Show Incorrect Questions options are selected, the question and the selected answer are displayed.  An indicator shows whether the answer was correct or incorrect. The other answer choices are not displayed. The Score will also display.

Submitted and correct answers displayed as feedback to student.


Score, All Answers, Correct, Submitted, Feedback, & Show Incorrect Questions (all options)

All feedback and result options applied to the test.

You can also check how students will view the Feedback Options by using Student Preview.

NOTE: Test options may be changed before, during, and after a test has been taken. Changing the option affects all students -- not just ones who have taken the test.