Creating a Mobile Compatible Test

    With Blackboard Mobile Learn, students are able to take certain tests and exams delivered through Blackboard Learn on their Android and iOS devices. In order to ensure compatibility with the latest mobile app, Blackboard has introduced a new test creation tool. The Mobile Compatible Test tool compliments the current test tool in Blackboard, and can be accessed via your computer’s browser (not in the app). This tool creates tests that ensure mobile compatibility but students can also complete these tests via any computer browser. 

    Before you begin, turn on the tool in your course:

    1. In your course's Control Panel choose Customization > Tool Availability. Check off any boxes next to Mobile Compatible Test. Submit.

      Course Menu Screenshot Mobile Compatible Test Options

    2. In any Content area in your course, hover over Assessments and select Mobile Compatible Test.

      Screenshot of Assessment options

    3. Fill out the necessary information in the Test Settings and select Save Settings.

      mobile test setting

    4. Click on the Add Question pull-down to create questions.

      Screenshot of Mobile Test - Add Question dropdown

    5. Select Save and Close when all questions have been added.

    Best Practices and Suggested Uses for Mobile Tests

    Best practices still recommend students complete tests in the most stable environment possible. Therefore the mobile testing option is being recommended for the use of informal evaluations.


    Suggested uses include informal assessments, quick surveys, pre-assessments, or in-class polling. Our team of instructional designers can help faculty determine if this technology can meet your needs and goals.


    Creating Tests


    Faculty can ensure tests are compatible with mobile devices in two ways:

    1. When creating a standard test in Blackboard, use only compatible question types
      • Calculated Numeric
      • File Response
      • Fill in Multiple Blanks
      • Hot Spot
      • Multiple Choice
      • Short Answer
      • True/False
    2. Use the Mobile Compatible Test tool



    • Responses to short essay questions taken on mobile devices are limited to 300 characters.
    • After the first student has begun taking a test, faculty cannot change anything about a test created using the new Mobile Compatible Test tool