How to export tests from BlackBoard to Word

Occasionally you will need to export a test from Blackboard to another format – such as Adobe PDF or Word for keeping a printed copy off line. You cannot easily do this directly out of Blackboard, it is not designed with that in mind. You CAN do so through Respondus.


Firstly – Install and configure Respondus on your machine. You may have it installed already; it is a test generating tool available from the VCCS on the Teach tab in Blackboard.screen-shot-2017-01-18-at-10-07-53-am

Once Respondus is set up and running on your machine, follow this procedure:

1)  Click the Retrieval & Reports tab in Respondus.

2)  Click the Retrieve Questions button

3)  Verify the sever settings in the Wizard window. They should be set for the VCCS Blackboard server: Click Next

screen-shot-2017-01-18-at-10-15-37-am4)  When prompted, enter your Blackboard username and Password.

5)  In the appropriate drop downs, select :

1- the Course to retrieve questions from

2- Which Exam (test)/Survey/Pool you wish to pull from

3- Name for the file you are creating

Click Next when ready

6)  Respondus will talk to Blackboard, retrieve your questions, then notify you that the File is Saved with a pop-up. Click OK on the popup.

7)  When the message –Completed Successfully— appears in the Respondus window, click the Finish button.Screen Shot 2017-01-18 at 10.22.10 AM.png

8)  Go to the Start tab in Respondus. Click the Open button.

9)  Select your file (named in step 5-3) can click the Open button.

Screen Shot 2017-01-18 at 10.26.07 AM.png** Important – you will NOT receive a message or see anything when the file is open, it will just do it and wait for you.

10)  Go to the Preview & Publish tab.

11)  At the bottom of the window you will see two main options.

1 – Save to File – will allow you to save as a text (TScreen Shot 2017-01-18 at 10.32.34 AM.pngXT) Rich Text (RTF) or Word (DOC) file.

2 – Send to Printer will allow you to print a hard copy or “print” to a PDF file if that option is installed on your machine.



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