Common Question Formatting for Respondus
This helpguide is intended to serve as a quick reference for formatting common question types for use with Respondus test generation software. When creating test questions within a text editor, such as Microsoft Word or Notepad, the format templates below will ensure that questions are imported successfully into Respondus.
For all types, the question must be preceded by a sequential number, a period or right parenthesis, and a space. For question types with predetermined answer choices, the answers must be preceded by a letter, period, and a space.
Designate the correct answer with an asterisk in front of the answer choice. Multiple choice questions can have up to 20 answer choices, but only one correct answer can be selected.
Presentation is similar to that of multiple choice questions, but selection of multiple answers is allowed. Blackboard will grant proportionate point values for partially-correct answers. Several question types require clear Type classifications in order to be imported into Respondus. For Multiple Answer questions, specify the question as "Type: MA", as shown below.
True or False
As with multiple choice, designate the correct answer with an asterisk in front of the answer choice.
As subjective assessments, essay questions require no predetermined answer choices, but they must be clearly identified by type, as shown below. Question type must be specified by beginning the question with "Type: E".
Fill in the Blank
Fill in the Blank questions include a text box in which students must type an answer. Unlike with essay questions, instructors can establish multiple acceptable answers, which Blackboard can use to objectively grade the question. These answers are not displayed to students during the exam. Students must type in exactly one of the possible answers in order to receive credit. Students who submit answers with typos or mispellings will not automatically receive credit, though the instructor can opt to give credit while reviewing the exam. Question type must be specified by beginning the question with "Type: F".
Multiple Fill in the Blanks Questions
Questions with multiple fill in the blank sections should designate acceptable answers within brackets. As with standard Fill in the Blank questions, students must type exactly the predetermined answer in order to automatically receive credit. These predetermined answers will not be displayed to the student while taking the test. Multiple possible answers can be assigned for each blank, and must be separated by commas within the brackets. Question type must be specified by beginning the question with "Type: FMB".
In matching questions, both parts of the match must be separated with an "=" symbol. There should be no linebreaks within the answer, though single spaces are allowed before and after the "=". Question type must be specified by beginning the question with "Type: MT".
Answer choices must be listed in the correct order for this question type. Presentation will be randomized once imported into Blackboard. Question type must be specified by beginning the question with "Type: ORD".