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Instructors - Respondus

Download and Install Respondus

Respondus is a powerful tool for creating and managing exams that can be printed to paper or published to Blackboard. Exams can be created offline using a familiar Windows environment, or moved from one LMS to another. In addition to publishing tests and exams to Blackboard, Respondus also provides functinality to retrieve tests and exams from Blackboard. Whether you are a veteran of online testing or relatively new to it, Respondus will save you hours on each project.

At the moment, Respondus is only compatible with Windows based operating systems. To download and install, Respondus on your computer, follow the steps below:

  1. Click on the link below to download the Respondus software on your computer.
  2. Download Respondus

  3. Click on the software package you just downloaded to install the software on your computer
  4. Enter the serial key when prompted. The serial key is posted on Blackboard HUB at the following web link:

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Respondus Compatible M/C Test

Creating Respondus Compatible Multiple Choice Assessment.

  1. To format an assessment to be compatible with Respondus
    1. Take off any headings in the document. Titles will not be recognized by Respondus.
    2. Select all questions and Clear all formatting if you have not done so.
    3. Select all the questions again.
    4. Format the questions using the “Multilevel list” tool and select the 1st option.
    5. "Tab" over the answers such that they appear in the following format:
      1. What is your favourite colour?
        1. Orange
        2. Blue
        3. Pink
        4. Black
        5. None of the above
  2. To format the answer key
    1. At the end of the assessment, write "Answers:"
      NOTE: It is case sensitive and you must have the colon.
    2. Using the "numbered list", type in answers. Example:
      1. A
      2. B
      3. C
      4. D

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Publish Test/Exam from Respondus to Blackboard

There are two steps involved in publishing a test or exam to Blackboard from Respondus:

  • Step 1: Create a Respondus file by Importing Questions/Answers from a Word Document
  • Step 2: Import the Pool/Test File into a Blackboard Course

Step 1: Create a Respondus file by Importing Questions/Answers from a Word Document

  1. Run Respondus on your computer. Note: Respondus works on PC only.
  2. You can import a test/exam that you already have in Microsoft Word document or create a new test/exam within Respondus. In this tutorial, you will learn how to import an exam that’s already saved in a Microsoft Word document. Choose Import Question from a Text file button.
  3. On the Import Questions dialog box, choose Microsoft Word 2007 (DOCX) type of file or another type of file that your test/exam is saved in. Most instructors create and save their tests/exams in Microsoft Word 2007 or higher version.
  4. Browse to the test/exam file on your computer by clicking on the Browse button:
  5. After importing questions from Word document, give your Respondus file a name. It is recommended that you enable “stem” to create unique questions titles. Using stems in the question title will avoid potential warnings and errors. It also keeps questions database (pool) in Blackboard organized. Click on Preview button to check for any problems. If no warnings and errors appear, click on the Finish button to create a Respondus test file.
  6. Choose OK on the prompt:
  7. Click on Preview & Publish tab in Respondus and choose Publish to Blackboard in the left-side menu:
  8. Click on Publish Wizard button and on the Publish Wizard dialog box, choose "Save Pool to local file for manual uploading". Choose Next:
  9. Click on Save As to save the Pool file on your local computer. We recommend saving on Desktop for quick access:
  10. Choose "Test with Points" and click on Finish:
  11. The test/exam pool file will be created and saved in the location indicated in the previous step:

Step 2: Import the Pool/Test File into a Blackboard Course

Now that the test/exam file is saved on your computer’s desktop. It is time to import this test (file) of questions in to a Blackboard course. Follow the steps below:

  1. Log in to Blackboard at
  2. Choose a course where you wish to import the test file into
  3. In the Control Panel of your Blackboard course, expand Course Tools and choose Tests, Surveys, and Pools:
  4. Click on Tests:
  5. Click on Import Test button:
  6. On the next page, click on Browse My Computer button and browse to the exam file you created in Step 1. The file was saved on Desktop in this tutorial.
  7. Click on the Submit button:
  8. You should see a Test Import Complete message if everything goes well:
  9. The test/exam is imported in to the course. You can now choose to edit this exam or deploy it to a content area in your course such as Assessment.

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Retrieve Tests or Exams from Blackboard

Respondus allows the retrieval of tests, surveys, and question pools from a Blackboard course. You can retrieve tests/exams from a Blackboard course to create print-friendly test versions. Follow the steps below:

  1. Run Internet Explorer on your PC:
  2. Log in to Blackboard at in Internet Explorer
  3. After logging in to Blackboard through Internet Explorer, minimize the Internet Explorer window on to the taskbar to stay logged in:
  4. Run Respondus on your PC and go to the Retrieval and Reports menu:
  5. Make sure Retrieve Questions tab is selected in the left-side menu:
  6. Click on Retrieve Questions button:
  7. In the Retrieve Questions Wizard, choose Add New Server from the pull-down menu:
  8. Choose Yes, check for preconfigured server settings and click Next:
  9. Enter a name to describe the Blackboard server such as "My Bb Server", Skip connection test, and click Next:
  10. The new server settings will now be saved in Respondus. Click Finish:
  11. Now, click on the Next button:
  12. You will be prompted to log in to Blackboard again. Enter your Humber credentials to log in to Blackboard:
  13. After logging in to Blackboard on the prompt, click on "Close After Login" button at the top right:
  14. Respondus will now pull the list of all courses you have access to in Blackboard. Choose a course you would like to retrieve the test/exam from and click Next:
  15. Choose the test or exam you need to retrieve from your selected Blackboard course. Enter a name for the retrieved test/exam file, and choose Next:
  16. Respondus will now retrieve the test/exam from your Blackboard course. You can choose to save it as a Word document or print:
  17. To save the retrieved test/exam in Word compatible format, choose Preview & Publish menu in Respondus and click on Print Options tab in the left-side menu. Also, select how you would like to save the test/exam either questions only or questions with answer key:
  18. Click on Save to File button to save the retrieved exam on your PC in Word compatible format:

After saving the test/exam on your PC, you can log out of Internet Explorer from step 1.

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Using Respondus to Create Test Questions

  1. Open up Respondus and click on "Exam Wizard"
  2. Select the option "Create a new exam in which all the questions will be entered manually". Click Next
  3. Provide a name and description. Click next and we will be ready to create questions.
  4. Select the type of question to create from the left side tabs. For instructional purposes we will use the multiple choice question.
  5. Put the question in the "Question Wording" box.
  6. Put the respective answers in the "Answers" boxes.
  7. Select the correct answer with the dropdown besides "Select Correct Answer".
  8. Specify a point value for the question. The default is set to 1.00 point.
  9. To preview the question, click on the "Preview" button.
  10. When ready, click "add to end of list" to create the question.
  11. Continue creating your other questions. Created questions will appear at the bottom under the "Question List".

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