How to Provide Extended Time for Exams on Blackboard 9.1

How to Provide Extended Time for Exams on Blackboard 9.1

The other day, we received a call requesting assistance. A student was completing an exam, but the exam timed out and she still had more to do. After contacting the instructor, she was allotted additional time. The question was how to provide extended time for exams without requiring the student to retake the exam.

It is tricky to give additional time for a student without removing their first original attempt and their original answers. Traditionally, you would “Clear Attempt” but this would require the student to retake the entire test again without keeping their original answers.

Extended Time for Exams

Here are the steps for extending exam time without removing the attempt:

  1. Navigate to the exam and select the options menu next to the exam name.
  2. Select Edit the Test Options.Select Edit the Test Options
  3. Scroll down the page and select the Add User or Group button under the Test Availability Exceptions section.Add a User or Group for test exceptions
  4. Select the student you want to add additional minutes for and submit.
  5. Change Attempts to Multiple Attempts.
  6. Enter the number 2 in the field provided to give the student another testing opportunity.Select Multiple Attempts and enter the number 2 in the field provided.
  7. Next, click on the button under Availability to change the time.Adjust the availability time.
  8. Once done, click the Submit button.

If you have questions about this process, please contact a member of the TEI team.

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Stan Skrabut, Ed.D.

Stan is Director of Technology-Enhanced Instruction. He has over 20 years experience working as an instructional technologist and trainer. He has a master’s degree in computing technology in education and a doctorate in education specializing in instructional technology.

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