Respondus 4.0 – Exam Authoring

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Respondus 4.0 is used by instructors to create exam/quiz questions in Microsoft Word and then upload them to Canvas. You can create a quiz from scratch or take an existing pencil-and-paper version of quiz and use Respondus 4.0 to help you turn it into a quiz for Canvas.

This article outlines the basics for downloading Respondus 4.0 and how to format your questions in Microsoft Word.

Our "Exam Authoring" Workshops shows you how to use Respondus 4.0.  You can sign up to attend a workshop, or you can view a previously recorded version.

Download Respondus 4.0

IMPORTANT NOTE: Respondus only works on Windows machines, it does not work on Mac computers

To download Respondus 4.0

  1. Access the ELMS page
  2. Click on "Respondus 4.0"
  • Once you've authenticated, you will see the link to download Respondus 4.0 along with instructions on how to install it.
    • IMPORTANT:  Step 2 gives you the information necessary to register Respondus 4.0.  This information needs to be exact, so please copy the information from the instruction page and then paste it into the application.


How to use Respondus 4.0

View the Respondus 4.0 resource page with video tutorials

There are three steps to getting your exam/quiz questions into Canvas:

  1. Create a Word document with your questions (See below for examples of how to correctly format your questions).
  2. Import your Word documents to Respondus 4.0.
  3. Publish to Canvas.


Step One – Create a Word document with your questions

Create a Word document with all your quiz questions (scroll to the bottom of this page to see examples of how to correctly format your questions).  Save this file somewhere you can easily find it.


Step Two – Import your Word document to Respondus 4.0

This video shows you how to import your Word document into Respondus 4.0:  Importing Questions with Respondus (4 minutes)


Step Three – Publish to Canvas

This video shows you how to publish your quiz to Canvas:  Publishing to Canvas (4 minutes)

IMPORTANT NOTE:  When you get to the section on connecting to the server, choose the "preconfigured" setting.

System Requirements

  • Operating System: Windows 10, 8, 7 (Does NOT work on Mac)
  • Memory: 32 MB RAM minimum
  • Hard Disk Space: 10 MB of free hard disk space for program files

Download a Sample File

Download the Sample MS Word Document in the correct format, it's ready for importing into Respondus 4.0. Practice the steps and watch this video before formatting your own Word document for your Canvas quiz.

Question Format Examples

Formatting Questions in Microsoft Word. Question types need to be formatted in a certain way in order for Respondus 4.0 to turn them into Canvas quizzes.

There are multiple question types you can create. Use the guidelines below to format your Word document before uploading it to Respondus 4.0.

  • Each question must be numbered.  Use one of the following formats for numbering: 
    • 1.
    • 1)
  • Correct answers are indicated by an asterisk placed in front of the answer choice, (do not place a space in between them).
    • * denotes the correct answer(s)

Formatting Multiple Choice Questions

Multiple Choice Example

There must be a space in between the question number and the question. Each answer must begin with a letter then a period.

1. Who determined the exact speed of light?

a. Albert Einstein
*b) Albert Michelson
c) Thomas Edison
d. Guglielmo Marconi

Formatting Non-Multiple Choice Questions

True/False Example

Formatting is similar to multiple-choice questions, see above.

2. Albert Michelson determined the exact speed of light?

*a) True
b) False

For all question types other than multiple choice and true/false, the question must be preceded by the text Type: and then a code indicating the question type. 
  • Essay: Type: E
  • Fill in the Blank: Type: F
  • Matching: Type: MT
  • Multiple Response: Type: MR

Essay Question Example

Type: E

3. How is the Michelson-Morely experiment related to Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity?

Matching Question Example

Type: MT

4) Match the correct name to the discovery or theory.
a. Michelson-Morely = Speed of light
b. Einstein = Theory of Relativity
c. Marconi = radio waves

Fill-in-the-Blank Question Example

Type: F
5. Who is known as the "father of television"?

a. Zworykin
b. Vladimir Zworykin
c. Vladimir Kosma Zworykin

Multiple Response Question Example

Type: MR
6. Which of the following individuals are credited with determining the exact speed of light?

a. Albert Einstein
*b. Albert Michelson
*c. Edward Williams Morley
d. Thomas Edison


Respondus 4.0 Online Resources

Instructor Quick Start Guide

Respondus 4.0 Users Guide





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