A prior source of frustration for students and instructors was the inability to confirm whether students began a test or ran into problems during a test. Teachers had no way to verify student activity or lack of activity during a test. Students had no way to prove that they did begin a test and when. If students reported problems occurring during a test, they were either given the benefit of the doubt and the test was reset, or they were penalized for circumstances beyond their control.

Blackboard Learn Service Pack 13 addresses this issue by providing information about student interactions with a test attempt. Instructors can view the Access Log for a test from the Attempts page of the test, available through the Grade Center.

To see the Access Log, from the Attempts page, click on the Test Information section and click on the Access Log button.


The access log shows a list of every interaction a students engaged in when taking a test. If a student claims to have started a test, the log will show the time the test was started. If a network or internet disruption occurred during the test for example, the log would show an unusual gap in the time.


Note: Test answers are saved when a student clicks on the Save Answer button during a test, or when the student moves on to the next question during a test that is delivered a question at a time.