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Importing Quiz & Exam Questions With Respondus

Importing Quiz & Exam Questions With Respondus


With a properly formatted text file (.doc, .docx, .rtf, .csv, or .txt), you can import questions into Respondus, a quiz generating tool available for download from the ConnectWright web site ( and then publish them to your Pilot course. Using Respondus can save a considerable amount of time compared to entering questions individually in the Pilot Quiz tool.


When you download Respondus from the Connect Wright site, there is a Registration Code file also available that contains the registration information and password.


Once you have downloaded Respondus, you will import your test questions and then “publish” them to your Pilot course. Here are the steps:


  1. Open Respondus and make sure that the Current Personality you are displaying is D2L Brightspace. Then click on the Import Questions tab.


  1. Next, you will select the type of file you are importing. Respondus can import a variety of file types, including .doc, .docx, .txt, and .rtf. After selecting the file type, click on the Browse button to select the file you want to upload from your computer.


  1. You will now need to select a name for the file in Respondus and choose whether to create an exam or survey (the primary difference between the exam and survey is exams have correct answers indicated in the uploaded file and surveys do not).

  1. Once this is done, click on Preview to see if you have any errors. If an error is encountered, read the error display box carefully as it will indicate the error type and the specific question it appeared in. If no errors are returned, click on Finish and the questions will be brought into Respondus.


If there are errors, double check your formatting using the following instructions:

To upload questions into Respondus, they must first be properly formatted. Respondus assumes that every question to be imported is a multiple-choice type question unless it is indicated otherwise (True or False questions are also recognized as multiple choice questions by Respondus). So to upload multiple choice questions into Respondus, you only need to indicate the correct answer for each question (this can be done in the question by placing an asterisk in front of the correct answer, or at the end of the document by entering Answers: and then listing the question numbers and correct responses – e.g.,



  1. a
  2. b
  3. d


For all other types of questions, you will need to indicate what type of question you are importing. To do this, you enter Type: followed by the appropriate indicator for that type of question. For instance, a short answer question would be indicated by entering Type: S. After a space break, you would then enter the question and, again, you can either enter the answer after the question or at the end of the document.



  1. Once the questions are in Respondus, the next step is to publish them to Pilot. Click on the Preview and Publish tab across the top. On the Preview and Publish screen, click on Publish on the left side of the screen and then on Publish Wizard.
  2. On the Publish Wizard screen, choose to “Publish to single course” in step1 and in step 2 select the D2L server. You will be prompted to sign in using your Pilot username and password.

If you have not already setup a server: choose “add new server” from the pull-down menu and then select “Yes, check for pre-configured settings.” You will then be prompted to name the server (call it whatever you like) and to enter your username and password. Once the information is entered, click “Next” and then “Next” again on the following screen. You will be prompted for your username and password one more time and once that is entered you will be able to choose the course in Pilot that you want to upload the material to.


  1. The final option that you will need to make is whether to publish the quiz to the course or to publish the questions to the Question Library (unfortunately it does not do both). If you publish the questions to the Question Library, you will need to add them later to a quiz in Pilot.


  1. After you click “Next,” the quiz or exam will publish to the course you selected. You will see a message that indicates the import was successful and then you can click “Finish.”