Month: May 2016

HuskyCT Test Taking Tips

Students using laptopTaking an exam in HuskyCT?  The following guidelines will provide tips to assist in successful test taking while in HuskyCT.

BEFORE a Test

  • Establish a strong internet connection.
  • If in a computer lab, be sure to be logged in with your personal NetID and password on HuskyCT.
  • Use a standard Windows or Mac operating system with a HuskyCT compatible browser. DO NOT use a tablet or phone to take a test.
  • Be sure to allow permission to display mixed content if prompted by a warning message at the bottom of your screen.
  • Turn off third-party browser extensions such as Google or Yahoo toolbars.
  • Allow pop-ups in your browser and clear browser history. Make sure to turn off the pop-up blocker feature within your browser.
  • Limit the number of tabs and programs open while taking a test.
  • Make adjustments to your browser screen size prior to beginning a test.
  • Utilize practice exams posted by your instructor to rule out issues before starting a test.
  • Read any exam instructions your professor has posted to familiarize yourself with the layout of the assessment.

DURING a Test

  • Click Begin, Save, Next, and Submit buttons ONLY ONCE.
  • DO NOT open HuskyCT in another tab, window or browser.  As of June 2017, this may terminate your user session (in the background) and prevent you from submitting the test.
  • Wait for test questions to fully load before making selections or moving on.
  • When copying text from another program, first paste the text into a simple text editor, then copy/paste in the browser.
  • DO NOT use Back, Forward, Enter or Tab keys to navigate while taking a test.
  • DO NOT resize the window, refresh the page, or close the window while taking a test.
  • DO NOT use the scroll wheel on a mouse to scroll within the test
  • Refrain from clicking within the window aside from buttons, arrows and answer choices.
  • Take note or screenshot any issues or errors encountered during a test to help facilitate diagnosis.

For assistance, contact the UITS Help Center at (860) 486-4357 or helpcenter@uconn.edu

Bb Student 2.3 – An Updated Mobile App for HuskyCT

Students looking for an improved mobile experience with HuskyCT are encouraged to try Bb Student!  The new mobile app from Blackboard boasts a sleek, modern interface and was designed specifically for students.  Since its arrival in June 2015, the app has matured and now offers many of the features included in the original Mobile Learn app (currently bundled with myUConn).  Best of all, it's compatible with more devices, including iOS, Android and Windows smartphones. 

Here are just a few of the many features (taken from blackboard.com):

  • Activity stream, due date list and push notifications
  • Take tests/quizzes
  • Complete, submit and review assignments
  • View course grades, including individual test and assignment grades
  • Participate in discussions
  • Seamless integration with Collaborate Ultra (video conferencing)
  • Attach assignment files from Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive

UConn students are encouraged to download and install the latest version of Bb Student (2.3) from the App Store, iTunes or Windows Store.  [more details]

  • Bb Student Mobile Application