Quiz guide for Blackboard

This article will cover the basic elements of quizzes in Blackboard and how to navigate them.


Locating a Quiz

You can access quizzes from multiple areas, including both in and outside your courses. For example, you can access quizzes in the Activity Stream or the Calendar if your instructor added due dates.


If the due date has passed for a quiz, you’re alerted in the Important section of the activity stream.


You can also find quizzes on the Course Content page. Your instructor may also organize quizzes in folders and learning modules.

Taking a Quiz

After you select a quiz, the Details & Information panel will appear. View the due date and time, the number of attempts allowed, and the time limit if imposed. Check if the due date has passed and if any submissions are or will be late. Click on Start attempt to take the quiz.


You can choose to hide the timer on timed quizzes to help you focus during assessments. Whenever you need to know how much time you have left, select the View icon next to the timer.

In the right panel, view all the information you need to complete a quiz—the due date, maximum points, and time limit. See how many questions you have remaining at the top of the quiz.

Use the Questions Filter menu at the bottom of the page to help you with common quiz-taking strategies. You can use it to:

  • Complete the questions you know first and skip harder ones.
  • Navigate easily between answered and unanswered questions.
  • Quickly view essay questions.
  • View any extra credit questions, if present.

Any answer selected will be autosaved after two seconds. Essay question responses are saved every 10 seconds while you’re typing and also again 2 seconds after you’ve stopped typing. Every time an answer has been autosaved, you will see a Last saved notification at the bottom of the assessment.


If you lose your connection to the internet, you’ll receive a Connection lost warning. Do not refresh the page or use your browser back button, and check that you are connected to the internet.


The warning disappears after 20 seconds. If your connection has not been restored by that time, another warning will let you know that your most recent work wasn’t saved.

Your work will autosave once the connection is restored and you will be notified.


Submitting the Quiz

Select Submit when you’re ready for your instructor to grade your work.


If you try to submit a quiz with unanswered questions, an alert will appear showing the number of unanswered questions. You can decide whether to submit the test or keep working.


A notification will come up when your submission has been completed.

When you submit, a panel appears with the date and time you submitted. You can see your score immediately after submitting your work if all questions are auto-graded.

Your submission is labeled Not graded if it requires instructor grading. Select anywhere in the Grading section of the Details & Information panel to review your submission.

For further assistance, you can refer to articles available on Blackboard Ultra.