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Blackboard – Importing Test Questions from a Word File

Test generators allow you to create test questions and answers in Word, then upload them into a Blackboard test all at once. This can save time because you do not need to go through Blackboard’s somewhat laborious process of creating one question at a time in the test tool.

To use a test generator, you create your test in Word, making sure that it is formatted precisely—no extra spaces, lines, or characters. You then copy and paste the result into the test generator and it produces a file to upload to Blackboard. Once uploaded, simply assign the point values for the questions in Blackboard.

Here are our two favorites test generators. Both can create the following question types:

Multiple Choice, Multiple Answer, True/False, Essay, Matching*

*Important Note: The test generators cannot create all question types, so if you need an equation, image, fill in the blank, or any other Blackboard Question Type (like fill-in-the-blank, hot spot, equation, etc.) you will have to create those questions directly in Blackboard.

Other ways to create tests

Respondus Test Editor is a similar program but is available only for Windows. Like the websites we recommend above, you format and upload a Word document of your questions. It is, however, more complex to use. Respondus Test Editor can be downloaded from the UVM software site, and instructions are here.

Use Excel or Word files saved as text. This method can be used to create any Blackboard question type. However, we recommend this last because it’s the most demanding process: the questions must be formatted with exacting precision—with each portion of the question and answers separated with one single tab—so attention to detail is crucial. If there are any errors Blackboard simply leaves out the question, so you have to check carefully for errors. However, if you prefer working in Excel to working in Word, or love Word and are a stickler for precision, this may be a good option for you. Read more about how to do this on the Blackboard website. Or download PDF instructions from California State University, Stanislaus.

Updated on September 21, 2020

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