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Blackboard Test Taking Guidelines

​Test Taking Best Practices

Here are some DO’s and DON’Ts to avoid test taking problems:


    • DO put yourself in a relaxed environment without distractions.

    • DO make sure you have a reliable computer and internet connection.

    • DO install the latest version of JAVA on your computer.

    • DO make sure your computer is configured properly

    • DO close all other programs running on your computer.

    • DO remove third-party toolbars like Google and Yahoo from your browser.

    • DO contact your professor and the Help Desk if you experience trouble

    • DO make sure your browser window is the size you want it before entering the Test. Most browsers refresh the window when you resize the screen. When the browser refreshes, it will want to reload the page -- which may prohibit you from taking the test.

    • DO turn off all pop up blockers! If you have a pop-up blocker, make sure it is turned off. See Browser Requirements for Blackboard Learn for more information on how to turn off pop-up blockers.

    • DO close down all other programs you may have running on your computer. Having multiple programs open may cause problems with your test, including loss of data.


    • DON’T use a wireless Internet connection when taking a test.

    • DON’T open other browser windows or applications while taking a test.

    • DON’T skip around in the test or close the test window by mistake.

    • DON’T use the browser “backward” & “forward” buttons or the “back space” key.

    • DON’T use the “enter” key to move to the next question or submit.

    • Do NOT click "Save and Submit" until you have completed the exam.

    • DON’T click the mouse multiple times to navigate or submit, only click ONCE.


If you are only able to answer one question at a time (questions present themselves on separate pages), make sure you only single-click the "Next" button to move forward.