OEL Help Desk

Installing and Using Respondus

Note: This guide is for the Respondus test creation software. If you need help with the Respondus LockDown Browser see: Respondus LockDown Browser - Students or Respondus LockDown Browser - Instructor.



Installing Respondus

  1. Click here to download the installation file.
    System Requirements
    • Windows 10, 8, 7
    • Minimum of 32 MB RAM
    • 10 MB of free hard disk space
  2. Click Run to start the installation process immediately, or click Save and save it to your hard drive to be run later.
  3. During the installation process, you will be asked to enter the name of the institution, the local support contact, and the installation password. This information can be obtained under the Help tab in Blackboard.
  4. Respondus will ask you with which LMS Personality you want to associate Respondus. For our purposes, select Blackboard.

Creating a Test through Respondus

  1. Under the Start tab, click on the Create button.
  2. In the Create New File window, give a name for your test or survey in the Name of File field; give a description in the Description field; under Type of File, select either Test or Survey, then click OK.
  3. The Edit menu is displayed. You will see the following fields in this window.
    • Title of Question: Enter the title or description for the question.
    • Question Wording: Enter the text of the question.
    • Point Value: Assign a point value for the question.
    • Add to End of List: Adds the question to the end of the test.
    • Insert into List: Inserts the question into any highlighted area in the bottom half of the window. For the first question, select Add to End of List.

Note. Other fields will be available depending on the type of question selected. For instance, a Multiple Choice question will have Possible Answers and Select Correct Answer as fields.


Creating a Test from a Text File

  1. Under the Start tab, click on the Import Questions button.
  2. In the Import Questions window, select the type of file format, either Word (.doc), text (.txt), or rich text (.rtf).
  3. Select the file by clicking on Browse next to the File name field.
  4. Under Choose where to add the new Questions, select Create a New Document, named, and type in the name you want to give the file. Select also whether this is an exam or a survey.
  5. Click the Preview button. This alerts you to any warning messages. Click the Finish button to complete the import process.

Note: The text files have to be in a specific format; otherwise, Respondus will not recognize the questions. For the correct formats please see the Question Formatting for Respondus helpguide.


Retrieving a Test from Blackboard

Respondus can be used to pull a test from Blackboard to be saved and/or printed as a Word document.

  1. Click on the Retrieval + Reports button.
  2. Select Retrieve Questions
  3. Click the drop-down menu at the top of the box that appears and choose add new server
  4. A new box will appear. Leave the option selected for Yes, check for preconfigured server settings and click Next.
  5. On the next screen, provide a name for the connection (this can be anything) and click Next.
  6. A server connection test will be run which will prompt you to login to Blackboard in a new window. Click OK to continue.
    • Note: The first time through, you will be prompted to download an additional file to handle the login process.
  7. Login as you normally would. Once logged in, click the Close After Login button in the top right.
  8. Click OK to continue the connection test and then Next to finish.
  9. You will now be back at the first window, but the Blackboard settings will now be filled in. Click Next to proceed.
  10. You will be prompted to login once again using the same method as the connection test.
  11. On the next screen you can select the course and exam you would like to use.
    1. Select a course first. Any course for which you are the instructor will be listed.
    2. Select an exam from that course. Any exam you have created, whether or not it is deployed, will be available for selection.
    3. Enter a name for the test file that will be generated.
    Click Next to proceed.
  12. It will take a moment to process. Click OK when the File Saved message appears and then select Finish.
  13. The saved file will now be the "working file" in Respondus. Select Preview + Publish at the top then Print Options on the left.
  14. You will be presented with various options on how you would like to output the exam. Select the desired options and click Save to File to save as a Word document or Send to Printer to print a copy immediately.