Negative Marking

Negative marking is not enabled by default when creating a Blackboard quiz. To use negative marking follow this guide.

1. Start creating your quiz as normal. General guidance on this is at


2. Click on Creation Settings.

3. Scroll down to section 4 and tick the following options:

Specify partial-credit options for answers.
Specify negative points options for answers.

This will enable negative marking.

Now continue creating your quiz…

4. When using a question type that could reasonably use negative marking, such as Multiple Answer, tick the following options:

Allow Partial Credit
Allow Negative Scores for Incorrect Answers

If you wish you may also set:

Allow Negative Overall Score for the Question
This option means that the student could potentially receive a score below zero.

5. Set the negative mark in terms of a percentage (which will be up to 100% of the total mark) in the Partial Credit box. The correct answers will also need to be a positive percentage up to 100%.

6. Finish creating the question in the usual way.