Import Multiple Choice Questions into a Question Bank

When creating a quiz in the CLE, it is recommended to have your questions and answers written out and ready before entering them into a question bank. If you have multiple choice questions written in a Word document, you have the option of manually entering them individually into the question bank or importing them all at once.

Before importing questions into the CLE, we highly recommend creating a Category in the question bank for each chapter or topic. This will facilitate convenient sorting and selection of questions during the import process.

To import multiple-choice questions all at once, follow the instructions below.

Part 1: Format the questions

Multiple-choice questions must be formatted in a specific way for the import function to be successful.

On the first line, write the question. Directly below the question, with no extra lines, add the answer options formatted with capital letters and a period. After the answer options have been written on each subsequent line, the correct answer option must be written on the next line as such: ANSWER: X. See below for an example:

What is the correct answer to this question?
A. Is it this one?
B. Maybe this answer?
C. Possibly this one?
D. Must be this one!

Notice that there are no line breaks in between the question, the answer options, and the answer. You can add a line break between each question set. See below for an example.

What is the correct answer to this question?
A. Is it this one?
B. Maybe this answer?
C. Possibly this one?
D. Must be this one!

How many bones are there in the human body?
A. 183
B. 195
C. 206
D. 214

Part 2: Save your file and import it to the CLE

Once you have finished formatting the multiple choice questions in your Word document, the file must be saved as a plain text file. Follow these steps:

  1. From your Word document, select ‘File’ then ‘Save As…’
  2. Give your document a name and choose where to save the file (desktop, downloads, etc.)
  3. Next to File Format, select the drop-down arrow, and choose Plain Text (.txt)

    A screenshot showing how to save a plain text file.png

  4. Select save to see a pop-up window appear. Under text encoding, select Other encoding and then select Unicode (UTF-8). Select 'OK' to finish saving your file.

    A screenshot showing how to save a plain text file as a unicode_utf8.png

Now that the questions and the Word file have been properly formatted and your document has been saved, you can import the questions to a question bank in the CLE. Follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to the course where you want to import the questions
  2. Click on More in the Secondary navigation bar, and then select Question Bank.

    A screenshot showing the Question bank in the Secondary navigation bar.png

  3. From the drop-down menu under the Secondary navigation menu, select the Import option.

    A screenshot showing the import question in the drop-don menu on the question bank page.png

  4. Under the File Format section, select ‘Aiken’. Under the Import questions from file section, select Choose a file then select the file that was saved as a plain text (.txt) file. Towards the bottom of the page, select Import.

    A screenshot showing the file format section to select Aiken.png

You should see a screen that confirms that the questions were successfully imported. Select Continue to go to the question bank to see the questions


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Anytime you create content you should preview and test it. You can try each question you just imported in by:

  1. Click the magnifying glass icon to preview it in a new window.
  2. Try to find the correct answer and edit the question if you notice something incorrect.

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