Blackboard - Change Test Options for Specific Students (Test Availability Exceptions)

Below are instructions instructors can use to grant test availability exceptions.

These 4 settings can be changed in the Test Availability Exceptions for selected students:

  • Allow additional time to complete timed tests for students needing test accommodations requested through Disability Services
  • Remove the timed or Auto-Submit requirements for students needing test accommodations requested through Disability Services
  • Allow multiple attempts when only single attempts are permitted (example: allow a student to retake a test)
  • Allow access to tests before or after they are available to the rest of the class

Allow Additional Time

  1. Make sure Edit Mode: is ON in the top-right corner

    Edit Mode On/Off

  2. Open the area where the test is located > click the down arrow icon to the right of the test title > Edit the Test Options
    Edit the Test Options

  3. Scroll down to the Test Availability Exceptions section > Add User or Group
    Add User or Group
  4. Check the box to the left of the student’s name > Submit

    Select User(s)


  5. Check the box below the Timer option > add the extended time amount > uncheck Auto Submit, if necessary > Submit
    Change Time

Allow Multiple Attempts

  • Follow steps 1 – 4 above
  • Select Multiple Attempts > enter the number of attempts allowed in the box to the right of Multiple Attempts > Submit

Change Availability Dates/Times

  • Follow steps 1 – 4 above
  • Click the calendar icon below Availability > choose After: and/or Before: dates/times as needed > Save > Submit