Test Access Control - Test Availability Exceptions


  • Applicable to Test (and Survey) only
  • For existing test availability settings, you can make exceptions for individual students or groups
  • If the settings exist for a test or survey, you can create these exceptions:
    • Number of attempts
    • Timer
    • Availability: Date and time the test is available to the student or group
    • Force completion
    • Restrict location
  • For details: Blackboard Help: Test availability exceptions


  1. Access a Test's menu and select “Edit the Test Options”.
  2. On the Test Options page, scroll down and click “Add User or Group” under Test Availability Exceptions. You will then see a pop-up window.
  3. In the pop-up window, select “Not blank” then click “Go”. Select the user(s) then click “Submit”.
  4. Set the test availability exception for the student(s). Click “Submit”.
    Note: Please check if the exceptions would contradict with the existing settings (e.g. Availability in Test Exceptions VS “Due Date - Do not allow students to start the Test if the due date has passed”)