Importing/Exporting Questions

Click Assessment from the Left Navigation and then Click Exams. You will see the Import/Export Questions icon at the top of the screen which will allow you to import and export questions to and from the Question Bank.

  1. Import SOLE plain text format or LXR Format (SOLE import will only accept a correctly formatted txt file or a zip of txt files)
    • You have the option of importing questions from a plain text document (in Notepad for example).

      Click Here to view the plain text template which can be used to create an Import Document. Be sure to adhere to the following guidelines:

      • The TYPE, TITLE, and TEXT texts are required for all question types.
      • Answer(s) are required for all question types except for essay (E). All other fields (CATEGORY, TAGS, RANDOM, FEEDBACK, FEEDBACKCORRECT, FEEDBACKWRONG) are optional.
      • While RANDOM is optional, leaving this field blank will result in a random answer order by default.
      • Questions are separated by a “–“on a new line.
      • TEXT and FEEDBACK* fields may extend to multiple lines.
    • Plain text fields: You will then need to fill in the following fields:
      • TYPE: Code indicating the intended question type. Options are MC (Multiple Choice), FIB (Fill in the Blank), TF (True/False), M (Matching), E (Essay), MS (Multiple Select).
      • TITLE: The title of the question
      • TEXT: The text of the question. May include html and extend to multiple lines. For FIB a set of '[]' is required to indicate the blank.
      • CATEGORY: The category of the question. Should be a single word or short phrase.
      • TAGS: A comma separated list of tags for the question.
      • RANDOM: Enter TRUE to randomize the list of answer options or FALSE to keep the list of answers in the same order you have entered them (this can also be left out all together if all questions need to be randomized).
      • A: An answer for the question. See the answers section below for more details.
      • FEEDBACK: A message for the student shown when the exam is finished.
      • FEEDBACKCORRECT: A message for the student shown when the exam is finished, if they answered correctly.
      • FEEDBACKWRONG: A message for the student shown when the exam is finished, if they answered incorrectly.
    • Answers: You must also define the answer(s) for each question:
      • For MC each choice is listed with an A: with the correct answer indicated by a prefixed *.
      • For FIB each possible answer is indicated with an A:
      • For TF only the correct answer is indicated (either A:True or A:False).
      • For M Each pair is indicated with an A: with the left and right side of the match separated by a | (vertical bar or 'pipe' character)
      • Essay questions have no answers.
      • For MS each choice is listed with an A: with the correct answer/s indicated by a prefixed *.
    • Once complete, you can import the plain text document by clicking into the Exams tool then clicking Import/Export Questions at the top of the screen.
    • Under Import SOLE plain text format click Choose File and select your plain text document then click the green Submit button.
    • You will then see the total number of questions and the number of questions inserted at the top of the screen as well as a list of the questions that successfully imported that you can review. The questions will automatically be added to the Question Bank.
    • If there is an error you will see this notated at the top of screen and a light red box will appear alerting you to the error. You can also scroll down to see the affected question and the error message.
    • Note:  These questions will either need to be fixed in your import file or developed through the question bank. You can also print the error report as a reference by clicking the dark red button to the right of the screen.
  2. Import Questions from Blackboard
    • Blackboard Import will accept a zip file exported directly from Blackboard Vista and Blackboard Learn 9 question banks.
    • You may want to import questions from Blackboard. For more information on this feature, please contact your SOLE administrator.
  3. Export Questions in SOLE plain text format
    • You can export your Question Bank in plain text format.
    • Click the green Export button to create a plain text document. It will automatically download through your browser which you can then open and save to your computer.
  4. Export Questions in Blackboard plain text format
    • You may want to export questions to Blackboard. For more information on this feature, please contact your SOLE administrator.