How to Use Negative Points for Incorrect Answers in Blackboard

You can penalize students’ incorrect answers with negative points. Use this feature for tests questions to discourage guessing. You can enable the negative-points option when you create or edit a question.  You can use negative points for incorrect answers for these question types, Matching, Multiple Answer, or Multiple-Choice.

Example: A Multiple-Choice question awards 10 points for a correct answer and 0 points for skipping it. You can set -10% (equals -1 point) for each of the incorrect answers. Valid negative point percentage values for a question are 100 to 0.

Part I.  Enabling Negative-Point Option

  1. Click Course Tools, and select Tests, Surveys, and Pools.
  2. Select Tests.
  3. Find a test and click the action link. Then, select Edit.
  4. On the “Test Canvas” page, click the Question Settings
  5. On the “Test Question Settings” page, scroll to the “SCORING” Section, and select the checkbox of Specify negative points for answers.
    Note:
    The negative-points option appears only if you enabled the Specify partial credit options for answers
  6. When done, scroll down and click Submit.

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Part II.  Applying Negative points to Exam Questions

Note:  You can use negative points for incorrect answers for these question types, Matching, Multiple Answer, or Multiple-Choice.

  1. On the “Test Canvas” page, find a question you want to use the negative points. Click the action link and select Edit.
  2. In the “OPTIONS” section, select the checkbox of Allow Partial Credit and Allow Negative Scores for Incorrect Answers.
  3. For each wrong answer, enter a “negative figure” in the Partial Credit % box.
  4. Select Submit.

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