This article will explain how to create test questions using an outside test generator and upload them into Blackboard.

By using the test generator created by Brigham Young University, instructors have the ability to create their tests in Microsoft Word instead of typing each question separately into Blackboard.

Step 1: Formatting Questions for Test Generator

General Guidelines:

  • Number your test questions.
  • Do not put numbers next to responses.
  • Do no put letters next to responses.
  • Press enter after the question & each answer choice.
  • Do not skip lines between the question and answer.
  • Skip 1 line between test questions.

The following question types work best with the test generator:

Multiple Choice Questions:

Type your question, and then on the following line start your answers. You must put an (*) asterisk directly in front of the correct answer

1. This is the name of the 2nd President of the United States of America?
Abraham Lincoln
George Washington
*John Adams
Barrack Obama

Multiple Answer Questions:

Type your question, and then on the following line start your answers. You must put an (*) asterisk directly in front of any correct answers.

2. Select the capitals that are matched correctly with their US state.
*Lincoln, NE
Miami, FL
*Atlanta, GA
Portland, OR

Essay Questions:

Type your question, but give no answer. You can then move on to the next question.

3. Describe your most meaningful achievements and how they relate to your field of study and your future goals.

True/False Questions:

Type your question. On the following line type True; on the next line type False (please note that T and F will not work). You must put an (*) asterisk directly in front of the correct answer.

4. The Battle of Bunker Hill took place on Bunker Hill.
True
*False

Ordered Questions:

5. Put the following famous battles in order of occurrence.
Battle of Hastings 1
Battle of Yorktown 2
Gettysburg 3
Battle of the Somme 4
D-Day 5

Matching Questions

6. Match the famous battles and the year they were fought.
Battle of Hastings 1066
Gettysburg 1863
Battle of Somme 1917

Step 2: Converting Questions for Use in the Test Generator

Steps to Use the Generator:

  1. Copy (CTRL-C for Windows or Command-C for Mac) your test from the Microsoft Word document.
  2. Open BYU's Test generatorNew Window by opening the link in your web browser.
  3. Paste (CTRL-V for Windows or Command-V for Mac) your test into the text box.
  4. Click on the Save as text file button.
  5. For Windows click Save on the File Download window, and then select a location to save the file to, and then name your file and save it. Be sure to note where you saved the file.
    For Mac, your download should automatically be sent to your Downloads folder, which can be accessed from your Dock.
  6. Open the saved file and check for possible errors.
  7. If there are errors, they will have question marks in the left column as shown in the example below:

    Test Generator window showing errors.
  8. If there are no errors, there will be no questions marks your test will look similar to the example below:

    Test Generator window showing test with no errors.

Step 3: Uploade Test Generator Questions into Blackboard

See Uploading Test QuestionsNew Window

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