In the Blackboard app for Windows, you can take tests and submit assignments on mobile devices. If a test isn't mobile compatible, you're directed to a browser view of the test.

Stay organized

The app helps you stay organized and know when tests and assignments are due.

  • Your activity stream lets you know when new course content, assignments, and tests are available and when work is due. Click an item in the stream to go right to your course.
  • Course Content for each course lists assignments and tests. Course work that is due soon is highlighted in red to show that it needs to be completed.
  • Push notifications appear on your device even if you don't have the Blackboard app open. Notifications give you an extra reminder about upcoming tests, past due tests, new grades, and new courses.
  • Due Dates in the main navigation panel shows upcoming assignments and tests for all of your courses so that you can quickly prioritize your work.

Submit assignments

Image of file attachment in assignments
  1. Slide to start an attempt.
  2. Tap Text or File.
    • Text: Type text that you want your instructor to receive with your assignment submission.
    • File: Attach one or more files. You can look for files on your phone or in your Google Drive, Dropbox, or OneDrive cloud storage. If you select a cloud service that you haven't linked to the Blackboard app yet, you're prompted to sign in to that service.
  3. Tap the plus sign to add more files or text.
  4. Tap Save for Later if you aren't done working or Submit to turn in your assignment now.

There is a file size limit of 250 MB for assignment submissions.

Take tests

  1. Slide to start an attempt.
  2. Select answers in the app.
  3. Tap Save for Later if you aren't finished working or Submit to turn in your assignment now.

If you see that Drafts are disabled and you can't save for later, your instructor selected a setting that requires you to complete the test in one session.

Why am I sent to my school's Blackboard website to take a test?

When an instructor creates a test, they might include test questions that aren't compatible with the app. If a test isn't mobile compatible, you're directed to a browser view of the test. It's best to take these types of tests on a web browser instead of the app.

You can take tests with these question types in the app: Multiple Choice, True/False, Either/Or, Short Answer, and Essay. If tests contain other question types, you're directed to a browser view of the test.

View grades

Main menu. Go to Grades in the main menu to see current overall grades for your courses. Tap a course grade to see a breakdown of the assignments, tests, quizzes, and graded discussions.

You may also see calculated grades, such as running totals if your instructor uses them. If a calculated total shows in a desktop browser but not in the app, your school hasn't updated Blackboard yet.

Within a course. Go to a course and tap the arrow in the top-right corner to view your grades for that course. You can also access a specific test or assignment and tap the arrow next to Details & Information. The arrow appears for submitted items only.

View feedback

Go to Grades in the main navigation, tap a course grade, and select a test, assignment, or graded discussion from the list. Alternatively, you can go to any course and select a test or assignment that you already submitted.

Next, you see Details & Information. Swipe left to see Grades & Submissions. If your instructor included comments, they show here.

What if I have a technical difficulty?

For long assignments and tests, periodically save drafts. If you lose your internet connection, drafts are stored locally on your device and are maintained until you submit the assignment or test. If you uninstall the app, your draft will be lost.  If you have frequent connection issues, please contact your instructor.