Texas Tech University

Blackboard Information

Blackboard 9.1 is the current version of the learning management system utilized by Texas Tech University. In addition to the general tutorials provided, a specific Blackboard tutorial has been developed by TTU eLearning to assist you in the creation of Blackboard tests.

Blackboard Instructor Support

General information, training tutorials, FAQs and information on Respondus Quiz Creator can also be found by following the above link.

Guide to Creating Blackboard Tests (PDF)

Required Test Options

In your list of tests, click the drop down arrow next to the applicable test. Click on Edit Test Options to set the following parameters. Parameters not specified here are completely up to you!

Test Information

  • Test Name: once you have set the exam name and enabled Respondus LockDown Broweser, do not change the name.
  • Test Instructions: recommended if there are certain instructions students need to follow for the test (calculator settings for example)
  • Open Test in New Window: set to ‘yes'. Enabling Respondus LockDown will also change this to ‘yes'

Test Availability

  • Make the link available: ‘yes' (otherwise your students will not be able to see it. Restrictions on when and where it can be clicked on follow in later settings)
  • Multiple Attempts: Do not select this option, students are only allowed one attempt in the Rawls Testing Center
  • Force Completion: Do not select this option, otherwise if there are any brief technical errors, for example, your students will not be able to get back into the test
  • Set Time: Input the length of the exam and turn ‘Auto-Submit' on
  • Display After/Until: set the dates and times for your exam window here. Exams must close promptly at the end of your test window (usually 5pm)
  • Password: Leave this box empty for now. Once you enable Respondus LockDown, it will input a randomized password that automatically populates in your exam when students are testing. Your students do not need this password to enter the exam. This password is only to set up the LockDown Browser protocol. Do not delete this password. If you accidentally delete it, go to the Respondus LockDown settings under Course Tools and click ‘Fix It' next to the error notice
  • Restrict Location: Set the location restriction to ‘Rawls Testing Center'. This is one of the most important settings!

Test Availability Exceptions

  • This is where you will add in students who have alternate exam times, dates, location. The Rawls Testing Center can accommodate extended time and make-up exams (alternate dates) only. If you have students testing elsewhere such as with Academic Testing Services in West Hall, you will also need to remove the location restriction for that student.

Due Date

  • Set the Due Date for the end of your exam window. Also select the option ‘'Do not allow students to start the Test if the due date has passed'. You must uncheck this box if you allow any exceptions after this due date. Any students that you allow to test after this date will need to have their exception put in as described above.

Self-assessment Options

  • Don't forget to 'Include the Test in Grade Center' score calculations

Show Test Results and Feedback to Students

  • When: ‘After attempts are graded' or ‘after due date'. You do not want students to be seeing results until everyone has taken the test! We recommend you only show them the score and not the answers, but this is up to you.

Test Presentation

  • Depending on your exam and how you want students to view it, you can select either "All at once" or "One at a Time":
      • All at Once - It is recommended that you present questions ‘All at Once' which gives students the feel of a ‘paper' exam and lets them go back and forth easily between questions or,
      • One at a Time - ‘One at a Time', which focuses students on one particular question. Unless you prohibit backtracking, students are able to navigate between questions by clicking forward and backwards or by using the questions/timer tracker.
      • Randomize Questions - This is a great option to use to give students each a slightly different test, deterring cheating. Another recommend option is creating ‘question pools' this can be further used to deter cheating in conjunction with randomized questions; use this option at your discretion.


  • Make sure to submit any changes you make.

Respondus LockDown Browser

After you have gone through the above test options, you will need to enable Respondus LockDown Browser in order for your test to be ready to take at the Rawls Testing Center.

  • Respondus LockDown Browser is found by clicking Respondus LockDown under Course Tools.
  • After clicking this, you will see a list of your exams.
  • Click on the dropdown menu next to the applicable test and select Require Respondus LockDown Browser for this exam.
  • Ignore all other settings and click Save and Close. Your test is now ready for students to take in the Rawls Testing Center!

Please note once you have enabled Respondus LockDown Browser you should not edit the following test options under Edit Test Options:

    • Test Name
    • Open Test in a New Window
    • Require a password
    • Password.

If you change any of these settings you will see an error message when you look under Respondus LockDown under Course Tools. If you have changed any of these settings, navigate back to here and click 'Fix It' next to the error message.

Additional Information

  • We suggest using a variety of assessment methods include mixing objective and subjective questions: multiple choice, short answer, essay, etc.
  • For exceptions/make-up exams: Please inform the Rawls Testing Center of any make-up exams, and enable the date exception in Blackboard for each specific student granted a make-up exam.

Instructor support for general Blackboard issues and questions is available by emailing blackboard@ttu.edu or by calling 806-742-7227.

Questions about the Rawls Testing Center, including guidelines for setting up Blackboard tests and other inquiries should be directed to rawls.testingcenter@ttu.edu.