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Exam Management

Test management refers to the activity of managing a testing process. Test management includes tools built in to in the learning management system (LMS) and other software applications.


Supported exam/test management tools available at NDSU: 

  • Blackboard Tests, Surveys and Pools - online LMS testing platform   
  • OMR – paper-based testing using Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) technology for collecting data,  
  • Respondus LockDown Browser - security application to help deter cheating 
  • Respondus 4.0 - converts tests created offline to Blackboard online exams  
  • YuJa Exam Proctoring – requires students to record the screen, audio and video while taking an online exam 
  • YuJa Video Quizzes – embed quiz questions in YuJa videos that can link to Blackboard Grade Center 
  • Others – departments/programs may use third-party applications, check for information with the department (examples: ExamSoft and ALEKS LockDown Browser). Third party applications are supported through the vendors. 

Help, consultation, training

IT Help Desk

Intended Audience

  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Students

Using this solution


24/7/365 [*Standard outages]


University-funded: no charge.


Must be a campus supported product. 

Getting Started

Getting started will vary by the product selected. Review specific products for starting point.  

Best Practices

               Exam instructions for students should be clear and complete

              Additional tips are available in Blackboard Tests - Tips for Instructors

              Conduct a low-stakes practice test to ensure all students are able to complete the work 


               Instructions should include which product, where it is located and how it is used 


                Follow instructions provided

                Use supported and updated browser

                Wired internet connection is recommended for all test-taking

                Additional tips are available in Blackboard Tests - Test-Taking Tips for Students

Learn More/How To's


Use Cases

Exams to assess student comprehension throughout the course 

Benefits of online assessments can include: 

  • Exam-takers are used to digital 
  • Reduced administrative burden 
  • Quicker to score 
  • Flexibility to take exams anywhere 
  • Students able to view results online 
  • Assessments can be made accessible to all

Universal Design/Accessibility

Ensure that any product used is accessible for all students. Offer alternatives to meet the needs of students following guidelines of Universal Design for Learning

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Created:2021-10-20 15:21 CSTUpdated:2022-08-23 14:09 CST
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