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Test Question Generators

While it is possible to create every test question within Blackboard, there are some tools that simplify the process.

For several years, we've supported Respondus because that was the only alternative available, but setting it up is complicated and it's inconveniently a Windows-only application.

We now recommend a number of other free online tools that convert questions from a Word document (formatted according to specific rules) into a file that can generate questions that work in the Blackboard test tool.

There are a few variations of these test generators on the web which we've compared below, but for the sake of simplicity, we have chosen to promote one excellent version hosted by Algonquin College.

» See how to use the Algonquin tool

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Note:These generator sites are created, updated, and controlled by their respective organizations. As such, they may be removed or changed at any time. The contact information they supply is for use by their own organization.

Algonquin College (CTL how-to) New York Institute of Technology Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Direct to Blackboard Method
Available Question Types Multiple Choice
Multiple Answer
True/False
Essay
Fill-in-the-Blank
Multiple Choice
Multiple Answer
True/False
Essay
Matching
Multiple Choice
Multiple Answer
True/False
Essay
Matching
Ordering
You can create and format your Test/Pool questions in Word or Excel without using a Test Generator. This method allows for all question types.
File Type Creates either .zip (for Pool questions) or .txt (for Test questions). Text (.txt) Text (.txt) Save the .docx or .xlsx file as a tab-delimited text file (.txt).
Bb area used May be uploaded to Pools or Tests. To import as a Pool, choose Pools: Import Pool. To upload questions into a Test, create the Test, then use the “Upload Questions” button. May be uploaded to Pools or Tests. Create a Pool or Test, then use the “Upload Questions” button in that Pool or Test to import the questions. May be uploaded to Pools or Tests. Create a Pool or Test, then use the “Upload Questions” button in that Pool or Test to import the questions. How to Prepare Your Word Document Complete instructions for using this method by formatting a Word document Complete instructions for using this method by formatting an Excel spreadsheet


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