Respondus 4 - Importing word document questions into Respondus
This article lists the steps to importing questions in a word document into Respondus 4. Once imported, Respondus can upload questions into D2L or Canvas.
Step 1: Format quiz questions for import
Respondus can upload the following question formats.
- Multiple Choice
- True or False
- Fill in the Blank (short answer)
- Multiple Response Questions
Multiple Choice Formatting
- Each question must begin with a question number, followed by either a period “.” or parentheses “(“ and a space.
- One space should be between the question number and the question wording.
- Each answer must begin with a letter (A-Z) followed by a period “.” or parentheses “(“ and a space before the answer wording.
Example: 3) What color is the sky?
Example: 3. What color is the sky?
- Correct answers can be indicated in two ways in Respondus.
- First, you can place an asterisk (*) directly in front of the answer choice with no space.
3) What color is the sky?
- Second, you can place a list of correct answers at the end of the file. The list must begin with the word “Answers” with the question answers beginning on the following line.
Essay Question Formatting
- The steps are very similar to
multiple choice formatting. The primary difference is that the first
line of formatting for an essay question must begin with “Type: E”.
is followed by the question number, a space, and the question wording.
4) How do contemporary blockbusters differ from
the films of New Hollywood in the 1970s?
- You can supply an answer to an
essay question in two different ways.
1) Provide an answer immediately
after the questing wording, beginning the answer with “a.” or “a)” and a
followed by the answer wording.
How do contemporary blockbusters differ from the films of New Hollywood in the
blockbusters often serve as advertisements for a wide variety of products that
2) Include the correct answer it
in the list of correct answers at the end of the file like in the multiple
4. Contemporary blockbusters often serve as advertisements for a wide variety of products that are
Fill in the Blank Formatting
- The first line of formatting for a fill in the blank question must begin with “Type: F”.
- Respondus will only allow one correct answer per question, but it does allow you to enter multiple forms of the same answer such as:
2) Who is known as the father of modern optics?
b. Ernst Abbe
c. Ernst Karl Abbe
- Answers can also be placed at
the end of the file like previous formats.
- The only exception to this is
that you must list the same question number for each answer
2) Ernst Abbe
2) Ernst Karl Abbe
Multiple Response Formatting
- In D2L this is called
“Multi-Select” and in Canvas this is called “Multiple Answers”, they are
the same type of question for formatting purposes.
- The first line for formatting
must begin with “Type: MR” or “Type: MA”. This is followed by the title
and the question number and wording like previous formats.
6) Which of these
companies were officially licensed to distribute Zeiss lenses before
World War I?
- Multiple Response formatting is
nearly identical to multiple choice formatting. The only difference is
that multiple answers will be correct. Place an asterisk (*) in front of
the answers to your question with no space between the asterisk and the
corresponding answer letters.
MR 5) Which of these companies were officially
licensed to distribute Zeiss lenses before World War I? a. Trinity Optics
*b Bausch & Lomb
*c E. Krauss
- Place the answers at the end of
the file like all previous formats.
- List the answers as follows:
- B C with just a space
between the answers
- B, C with a comma
separating the answers
- B , C with a space, a
comma, and a space between the answers
True or False Formatting
- True or False formatting is
very similar to other question formatting.
6) Did Willem Dafoe act
in The Lighthouse (2019)?
- True or False questions must be
formatted so that the "True" or "T" answer is always
listed before "False" or "F" in order for Respondus 4
to recognize that it is a True or False question.
Example: *a) True b) False
- Place an asterisk (*) in front
of the correct choice. (e.g. *a. True or *b) F)
- Like the other question types,
you can place the answers at the end of the file.
- List the answers as either 1)
The complete word (“True”), 2) the letter (“T”), or 3) the alphabetical
letter (“A”). Note that for True false questions, A is always True and B
is always False in this format.
6. T or
Step 2: Start the import
- From the Start menu in Respondus, select Import Questions. A new window will appear.
- Under Select the file to import: go to the Type of file drop down and select the type of file you already have.
Next to File Name: click the Browse button. Locate and select the file being imported.
- Select from Plain Text (.txt), Rich Text (.rtf), and Microsoft Word (.doc and .docx).
- Rich Text (.rtf) and Microsoft Word (.doc and .docx) will retain most of the question formatting such as bold, italic, underline, etc…
- Embedded graphics can only be imported from Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx).
Under Choose where to add the new Questions: select either Append the questions to the current document, or select Create a new document, named. Enter a name for the document.
Each question can have a title provided in the Word document, or it can be generated by Respondus.
Next, click the Preview button to check for questions. If there are any error messages displayed on the bottom of the screen, review the Word document for errors.
If the results of the import look satisfactory from the preview, select Finish to complete the import.
Continue to the Edit menu to further modify the file.
- If there is no designated title, Respondus will use the first 20 characters from the question for the question title.
- If Use Stem “string of text” is checked, the titles will be based on a consecutive numbering system starting with 001.
For more information on importing question types not listed here refer to Respondus' guides: