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Import a Question Test Bank - Canvas (Instructor)

This article covers locating Question Test Banks in FlatWorld and importing them into Canvas.

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Written by Alastair Adam
Updated over a week ago

How to download the Learning Management System (LMS) Test Bank Files

  1. Navigate to and log into your account.

  2. Click on Adopted Books to open your dashboard.

  3. Click the Supplements button for the desired book.

  4. On the Supplements page, scroll down to the section titled 'Test Bank Files for Import to Learning Management Systems' and download the BlackBoard .zip file. It will be denoted by "BB" or "BlackBoard" in the file name.

  5. While Canvas supports other file types we offer, the Blackboard format provides the cleanest upload.


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Unzipping/Expanding the BlackBoard File

  1. Locate the downloaded BlackBoard .zip file on your computer.

  2. Double click the file to unzip/expand the file. Doing so will result in a folder named after the downloaded file. Open this folder to find a folder titled Question Sets.

  3. In this Question Sets folder, the Test Bank questions will be divided further into other .zip files labeled by Chapter or Chapter/Section, depending on which book you are using. These are the files that will be uploaded into Canvas.

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Importing the Test Bank into Canvas

In Canvas, navigate to the desired course. Click on Settings, then click on Import Course Content.

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On the Import Content Page:

  1. For Content Type, select BlackBoard 6/7/8/9 file

  2. For Source, click “Choose File”, and select the appropriate zip file for the Chapter questions you wish to import.

  3. For Default Question Bank, leave it as “Select question bank”.

  4. For Content, choose “All content”.

  5. Leave both checkboxes under Options blank.

  6. Click Import. Progress for the upload will be tracked under the Current Jobs section until it’s complete.

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Accessing the Imported Test Bank

1. Navigate to Quizzes on the Course menu in Canvas.

2. There will be a three stacked dot icon in the top right corner of the page next to the blue +Quiz button. Click on it to reveal the Manage Question Banks option.

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3. On the Course Question Banks page, you will see your test banks. Your import will be under the Chapter title and number of the file you chose.

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The questions are now available to be used in Canvas quizzes. When editing a Quiz, click the Questions tab, then the Find Questions option to select questions from the test bank.

Select the desired question bank, and any questions from that bank you wish to use. Click the check box next to the question if you want it to be added to the quiz. You can also resize the window to make it larger by clicking the bottom right corner of the Find Quiz Question window.

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To add selected questions from the Test Bank to the quiz, scroll all the way down in the question selection window to click 'Add Questions'.

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For more information about Canvas quizzes, features and support documentation, please visit their support site by clicking the button below or connect with your Canvas Admin.

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