Richard G Baldwin (512) 223-4758, NRG Room 4238,,

ITSE-1302 Computer Programming: Scientific Python 1

This material applies to Distance Learning sections taught by Professor Baldwin.

Instructions for Accessing and Taking Blackboard Tests

Fall 2018

Revised: 04/26/18

The official web page for this course is located here.

Three competency tests

You must complete three competency tests -- one for each of the three competencies -- by selecting Test01, Test02, and Test03 in the left-side menu in Blackboard.

(See detailed instructions below for taking the test in an ACC Testing Center using the Respondus Lockdown Browser.)

Each test will disappear from Blackboard when the scheduled submission deadline expires.

You may take each test up to two times before it expires. Your highest score among the two scores for each test will be used to compute your final grade.

Study for the tests

A set of review questions is provided for each competency to help you study for the competency tests. The questions are similar to the questions that you will find on the test for that competency. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that you study the material until you thoroughly understand the material covered by those questions.

Feedback on the tests

Students will receive all the feedback that Blackboard has to offer as soon as they submit the test but they are not allowed to take notes on that information. (Unfortunately students who take a test via remote proctoring do not receive any feedback when they submit the test.)

You should consider your first attempt on a test to be a learning experience and make that attempt well before the deadline for the test. Although you will receive feedback when you complete the test, you will not be allowed to copy that feedback and take it with you when you leave the testing facility. Therefore, you should allow plenty of time to study that feedback before shutting down the session and leaving the testing facility.

Taking the tests

Distance Learning students

Distance Learning (DIL) students are required to take their tests in an ACC Academic Testing Center (except for remote proctoring as described below).

If you are required to take your tests in an ACC Academic Testing Center, it is your responsibility to make all necessary arrangements with the testing center to complete the tests, including accessibility, hours of operation, etc. It is also your responsibility to comply with the Testing Center Guidelines. (In the event that you find the above link broken, you can search for and access testing center requirements from the main ACC web site.)

Instructions for accessing/taking a Blackboard test in an ACC Testing Center

Click here to view a set of instructions compiled by Dr. R.L.Martinez, who has been using this mode of testing with his Distance Learning students for several semesters.

Remote proctoring of Blackboard tests

If you are not located in or near Austin, TX, you will need to make arrangements for remote proctoring. See the Distance Testing page at  In the event that the link is broken, search the main ACC website for Distance Testing and notify your instructor of the situation.

Prof. Baldwin has no way of knowing where Distance Learning students are physically located. If this requirement applies to you, it is your responsibility to make the necessary arrangements without input or assistance from Prof. Baldwin. However, you will need to notify Prof. Baldwin that you are making such arrangements so that he can provide the necessary passwords to responsible personnel.

As mentioned above, one of the downsides of remote proctoring is that students who take a test remotely using an ordinary browser will receive no feedback when they complete the test, except that you can log into Blackboard later and see their grade. There is nothing that I can do about that issue. That is simply the way that Respondus is designed to work.


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