How Do I Format Questions in Respondus?

Respondus is a tool that can convert Word document or on-paper style tests automatically into I-Learn (Canvas) LMS quizzes. Contact the Faculty Technology Center at 208.496.7230 use of this tool.

This guide will show you how to correctly format your document so it can easily be uploaded directly into your course by an FTC employee.

Multiple Choice Questions

Each question must begin with a question number, followed by either a period “.” or a parentheses “)” and a space.

Example: 3)
Example: 3.

The question wording must follow the question number. (Note: at least one space should be between the question number and the question wording.)

Example: 3) Who determined the exact speed of light? 
Example: 3. Who determined the exact speed of light?

Each answer must begin with a letter (A-Z) followed by a period “.” or a parentheses “)”, a space, and the answer wording.

Example: 
3) Who determined the exact speed of light? 
a. Albert Einstein 
b. Albert Michelson 
c. Thomas Edison 
d. Guglielmo Marconi

For questions being imported to an Exam file, correct answers can be indicated in two ways. First, you may place an asterisk (*) directly in front of the answer choice (do not put a space between the asterisk and the answer choice).

Example:
3) Who determined the exact speed of light? 
a) Albert Einstein 
*b) Albert Michelson 
c) Thomas Edison 
d) Guglielmo Marconi

The second option is to place a list of correct answers at the end of the file. The list must begin with the word “Answers:” and the answers should start on the following line (no blank lines are allowed). Note that any text after the answer list will be ignored.

Example: 
Answers: 
1. A 
2. C 
3. B
True/False Questions

The process of importing “true or false” questions is similar to that used for importing multiple choice questions (see above). Both of the following examples are valid ways to format a true or false question for importing purposes.

Example: 
3) Albert Michelson determined the exact speed of light? 
*a) True 
b) False 

Example: 
3) Albert Michelson determined the exact speed of light? 
*a. T 
b. F
Essay (Long Answer) Questions

The format for importing essay questions is similar to what is described for multiple choice and true or false questions. The primary difference is that the first line of formatting must begin with Type: E. This is followed by the question number, a space, and the question wording.

Example:
Type: E  
4) How is the Michelson-Morely experiment related to Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity?
Fill in the Blank Questions

Fill in the blank questions may be imported by starting the first line of formatting with Type: F. This is followed by the question number, a space, and the question wording.

Example:
Type: F 
5. Who is known as the "father of television”? 

Respondus allows only one correct answer per question, but it does permit you to enter multiple forms of that answer.

Example: 
Type: F
5. Who is known as the "father of television"?

a. Zworykin 
b. Vladimir Zworykin 
c. Vladimir Kosma Zworykin

Answers can also be placed at the end of the file, using a format similar to multiple choice questions. The only difference is that you can enter multiple forms of an answer by repeating the question number.

Example: 
Answers: 
1. A 
2. C 
3. B 
4. C 
5. Zworykin 
5. Vladimir Zworykin 
5. Vladimir Kosma Zworykin 
6. B
Matching Questions

The process of importing a “matching” question is similar to what is described for importing multiple choice questions, but there are some key differences. The first line of formatting must begin with Type: MT. This is followed by the question number, a space, and the question wording.  

Each answer (which consists of both parts of a correct match) must begin with a letter (a-z) followed by a period “.” or a parentheses “)” and a space. The two parts of the match must be separated with an “=” symbol and there should not be any hard returns or blank lines within either parts of the answer.

Example: 
Type: MT 
4) Match the correct name to the discovery or theory. 
a. Michelson-Morely = Speed of light 
b. Einstein = Theory of Relativity 
c. Marconi = radio waves
Multiple Response/Answer Questions

The logic for importing questions that allow multiple responses is similar to what is described above for importing multiple choice questions. The primary difference is that the first line of the formatting must begin with Type: MR (as an alternative, you can use Type: MA which stands for “Multiple Answers”). This is followed by the question number, a space, and the question wording. Each correct answer is designated with an asterisk.

Example: 
Type: MR 
3) Which of the following individuals are credited with determining the exact speed of light? 
a. Albert Einstein 
*b. Albert Michelson 
*c. Edward Williams Morley 
d. Thomas Edison

A second way to designate correct answers for multiple response questions is to place them in a list of at the end of the file. The list must begin with the word “Answers:” and must be positioned at the end of the file. If a question has been designated as a Multiple Response type, then correct answers can be listed three different ways:

(1) placing a blank space between the letters representing the correct answers,

(2) placing a comma between the letters representing the correct answers, or

(3) placing a comma and a blank space between the letters representing the correct answers. For example, the formatting of each of the following answers is acceptable for multiple response questions.

Example: 
Answers: 
1. B D 
2. B, D 
3. B,D