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Blackboard Feature Spotlight: Test Availability Exceptions

If you’ve ever wanted to extend the timer or change the availability dates for a specific student, then Blackboard’s Test Availability Exceptions feature is an easy way to complete this task. This feature is also a good workaround to reopen exams for students who were absent.

With Test Availability Exceptions, you can adjust the following settings:

  • Number of Attempts
  • Timer and Auto Submit
  • Availability
  • Force Completion

These settings can be assigned by selecting specific students or by using a group in Blackboard.


Below is an instruction sheet I created for the Online Learning department at my university.

  1. From the content area, right-click on the chevron icon next to the quiz you want to edit.

  2. Click on Edit the Test Options.

  3. Scroll down to the Test Availability Exceptions section.

  4. Click Add User or Group.

  5. Locate the student and select the checkbox next to the student’s name, click Submit.

  6. Adjust the settings for the student.

  7. Click Submit.

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Eric Silva

Eric is a Systems Analyst and Blackboard Administrator at The University of Texas at San Antonio, and a graduate from Boise State University. Learn more about me.


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