Importing a Test Bank into Your Blackboard 9.1 Class

An instructor approached me yesterday letting me know he had a new textbook for his course. He wanted to know how to import a test bank from the textbook company. If the company provides a properly formatted file, this process is very easy. It will save you a lot of cutting and pasting.

Here are the steps for importing a test bank into Blackboard:

1. Download the test bank from the textbook company. It should be a ZIP file.

2. Log into Blackboard and navigate to your course.

3. Select from the Course Management section Control Panel -> Course Tools -> Test, Surveys and Pools.

Showing where the link is to Test, Surveys and Pools

Showing where the link is to Test, Surveys and Pools

4. Select

Selecting Import Pool

Selecting Import Pool

5. Select Import Pool.

Selecting Pools

Selecting Pools

6. Select the Browse My Computer button and locate your ZIP file.

7. Click on the Submit button. It may take a few minutes, please be patient.

8. When the process is complete, click the OK link in the bottom right corner.

Process is complete, click OK

The process is complete, click OK

9. Your test bank is loaded, you can now review the imported questions.

Imported test bank

Imported test bank

While creating quizzes, you can now copy questions from or link to these questions. If you have questions about importing a test bank, please contact the TEI team.

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Stan Skrabut, Ed.D.

Stan is Director of Technology-Enhanced Instruction. He has over 20 years experience working as an instructional technologist and trainer. He has a master’s degree in computing technology in education and a doctorate in education specializing in instructional technology.

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