Respondus Quiz Instructor Guide

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Respondus Quiz is an assessment-building software for helping you create quizzes and exams. You can build these assessments offline, then distribute them online using Canvas or distribute them in person using printed paper copies.

This software, also known as Respondus 4.0, only works on Windows computers; it does not work on any Mac devices.

Cost Yes Free.
Bandwidth Yes (Does not run online.)
Canvas Integration No Since Respondus Quiz runs offline, it does not automatically connect with Canvas. But after you build them, the quizzes and exams can be imported for use in a Canvas course. You can also export a Canvas quiz to use in Respondus Quiz.
Privacy Yes Does not run online, so privacy is not a concern as long as your device is secure.
Similar UBC-Supported Tools Y The built-in quizzes in Canvas can also be used to create and distribute quizzes and exams.

What can I use it for?

You can use Respondus Quiz for creating quizzes or exams on Windows computers:

  • Choosing from numerous question types, including questions allowing mathematical/scientific notations and other media formats such as bulleted lists, tables, images, links, and video files.
  • Working offline to design, edit, preview, and assign points to assessments, before importing them into your Canvas course.
  • Building questions or retrieving questions from your Canvas course to export into printable formats for file-based or paper-based distribution.

This tool guide is for version 4.0 of Respondus Quiz. Information and instructions may differ slightly for other versions of Respondus Quiz.

What do I need to use Respondus Quiz?

A Windows desktop or laptop computer

Respondus Quiz can only be used on a computer running Windows 7+. You can view Respondus Quiz’s minimum system requirements on their support site.

The Respondus Quiz application

You will need to download the application from UBC’s Software Distribution website, as outlined below.

If your license has expired or needs to be updated, you may need use updated license information or download the application again. Instructions for both of these processes are also outlined below.


  • All UBC instructors and staff get free and unlimited access to this tool under the UBC campus-wide license. Students cannot use Respondus Quiz but they don’t need to, since you will share the assessments you’ve built either in Canvas or using paper copies.
  • You can explore the Respondus Quiz User Guide for more detailed descriptions of the features and functions that are available.

How do I use Respondus Quiz?

To use Respondus Quiz, you will first download and install the Respondus Quiz application on your Windows computer. Then you can create assessments offline and, if you choose, import them into your Canvas course.

Click any bar below for instructions and tips for using Respondus Quiz.

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Download and install Respondus Quiz

This software currently works only on Windows computers, so make sure you are on a Windows platform before following these steps. The process also differs depending on if you are downloading the software for the first time or have downloaded it before and are updating your version or license.

If you have never downloaded Respondus Quiz before, follow these steps:

  1. Go to UBC's Software Distribution website, and sign in with your UBC CWL (Campus-Wide Login).
  2. If this is the first time you are accessing the Software Distribution site, you may receive a prompt asking if the site can access your CWL information. Click Accept to proceed.
  3. Click either the Faculty or Staff tab (whichever applies), then click Respondus Quiz.
  4. Click Add to Cart.
    • If you previously downloaded this software from UBC's Software Distribution, you may see a pop-up error message. Close the error message, then refer to the updating tab for how to proceed.
  5. In the pop-up, click Check Out.
  6. Copy the following license information: Institution Name, Local Support Contact(s), and Installation Password, then click Download.
  7. On the new page that opens, click Download again.
  8. Once it downloads, open the Respondus Quiz installer, and follow the steps in the setup wizard to install the application.
  9. After it is installed, open Respondus Quiz, enter the license information you copied in Step 6, and click License.
  10. The first time you open Respondus Quiz after installing and licensing, you will be prompted to choose a Learning Management System "Personality". Select Canvas and click OK. This choice will allow you to import Respondus Quiz assessments into Canvas.

If you need to update your Respondus Quiz license and/or software, follow these steps:

  1. Go to UBC's Software Distribution website, and sign in with your UBC CWL (Campus-Wide Login).
  2. Click your name on the top right, then select Your Account/Orders.
  3. Find the "Respondus Quiz - Download" item in the list, and click to View Details for it.
  4. Copy the following license information: Institution Name, Local Support Contact(s), and Installation Password.
    • If you want to re-download the software, you can do so from this page.
  5. Open Respondus Quiz, click File at the top left, and select Update License.
  6. Enter the license information you copied in Step 4, and click License.
  7. The first time you open Respondus Quiz after installing and licensing, you may be prompted to choose a Learning Management System "Personality". Select Canvas and click OK. This choice will allow you to use import Respondus Quiz assessments into Canvas.


  • Respondus Quiz offers a built-in help guide with an index you can use to navigate. To access the help guide, click "Help" in the top menu of Respondus Quiz and select "Help Topics". Pick any feature you would like to learn more about to jump to its instructions.
  • All assessments you create with Respondus Quiz will automatically be saved in a "Projects" folder that Respondus Quiz creates on your computer during installation. If you wish to store these .RSP files elsewhere (e.g., in a course folder), you can manually relocate them after they are created.

Create an assessment in Respondus Quiz

  1. Open Respondus Quiz. Click the Start tab if it is not open already, and click Open Or Create from the left-hand navigation.
  2. Click Create to create a new assessment.
  3. In the pop-up, enter a name (e.g. "Reading Quiz", "History Exam"), add a description for your assessment, and click OK.
  4. Once the assessment opens, click the Edit tab if it is not open already, and select a question type that you wish to add from the left-hand navigation.
  5. Each question type has its own question form that will appear on the right to fill out. There are some fields that are common across all question types:
    • Title of Question - the name for the question. If you leave this field blank, Respondus Quiz will automatically use the first 20 characters of the "Question Wording" as the question title.
    • Question Wording - the question itself.
    • Feedback - feedback students receive after answering. If you want to provide feedback based on how students answered, click Correct/Incorrect Feedback. For general feedback regardless of answer, click General Feedback. Once you are done typing your feedback in either form, click OK.
    • Point Value - how many points the question is worth.
  6. Once you are done setting up a question, click Add to End of List to add the current question to the end of the question list, which will appear at the bottom of the screen.
    • Once you have multiple questions, you can alternatively click Insert into List to add the current question at a specific location within the question list.
  7. Repeat Steps 4-6 as needed. Edit, delete, duplicate, or reorder questions by clicking the down arrow icon next to any question in the question list at the bottom of the screen.
  8. When you are done adding and editing questions, click the save icon on the top left to save any unsaved changes to the assessment.


  • Canvas users of Respondus Quiz have access to nine question types: multiple choice, true/false, essay, matching, fill-in-the-blank, multiple answers, fill-in-multiple-blanks, text (no question), and numerical answer.
  • You can find more information about each question type by clicking the question icon located next to the heading of the question type when you are adding or editing a question.
  • You can preview any question as you are building it by clicking the "Preview" button at the bottom of the question form. When all your questions are ready, you can preview the assessment as a whole using the file preview option in the "Preview + Publish" tab.
  • Change the formatting, insert equations, add media files, and access more editing features for your questions in the toolbar above the "Edit" tab. For more information on how to use features in the toolbar, you can watch the formatting questions in Respondus Quiz demo.
  • You can edit any assessment once you create it by opening it from the "Start" tab and then using the "Edit" tab to make and save changes.

Customize settings for a Respondus Quiz assessment

You can set options in Respondus Quiz for how your assessment will display on paper or in Canvas, including designating what are called question groups. Question groups enable randomization, allowing you to create a set of questions from which randomly selected questions will be drawn for each student's assessment. Randomizing assessments this way helps preserve academic integrity.

  1. Open Respondus Quiz. Click the Start tab if it is not open already, and click Open Or Create from the left-hand navigation.
  2. Click Open to open an existing assessment. In the pop-up, select the assessment, and click Open.
  3. Click the Settings tab and select Settings in the left-hand navigation.
  4. Add or adjust any assessment settings on the right. The settings are nearly identical to the Canvas quiz settings.
  5. To enable randomization of questions—which can be applied to online or on-paper assessments—select Question Groups in the left-hand navigation:
    • Click the body of text under "Question Groups" on the right to open an editor pop-up.
    • In the pop-up, select Add New Set, if it is not selected already.
    • Enter the range of questions that will form the question group.
    • If you want all questions in the randomized range to be presented to students during the assessment, choose All. If you want a subset of questions in the range to be presented, choose Select Number, and specify the number of questions each student should see from the range.
    • Enter the point value each question in the group will be worth, and click Add New Set to save the new question group.
    • Once you are done creating question groups, click OK to close the pop-up.
  6. When you are done updating assessment settings, click the save icon on the top left to save your changes.


  • For assessments you will use in Canvas, you can adjust the settings in Respondus Quiz or adjust them in Canvas. So while whatever settings you choose in Respondus Quiz will be imported into Canvas with the questions, you can also re-adjust the settings directly in Canvas.
  • Before creating a question group, you may need to organize your question list so that the questions in the same question group are located next to one other. For example, if you want the second question to be randomly selected from a group of four questions, these four items must be positioned as 2, 3, 4, and 5 in the Respondus Quiz question list before you can create the question group.
  • You can see an overview of your question groups when creating and editing the groups. In the question list at the bottom, you will see a letter under the "Set" column next to any grouped question. Questions with the same letter are part of the same question group.

Use a Respondus Quiz assessment online in your Canvas course

If you are using a Respondus Quiz assessment in your Canvas course for the first time, you will need to follow the steps to connect to Canvas first, then follow the steps for importing your assessment. If you have already set up the connection, you can choose the existing connection and go straight to importing your assessment.

  1. Open Respondus Quiz. Click the Start tab if it is not open already, and click Open Or Create from the left-hand navigation.
  2. Click Open to open an existing assessment. In the pop-up, select the assessment, and click Open.
  3. Click the Preview + Publish tab, select Publish in the left-hand navigation, and click Publish Wizard.
  4. In the pop-up, select Publish to single course.
  5. If you have previously used Respondus Quiz with Canvas, select the Canvas server you set up previously.
  6. If you have not previously used Respondus Quiz with Canvas, select add new server:
    • In the first pop-up, select "No, I want to enter the server settings manually", and click Next.
    • In the "Canvas Server Settings" pop-up, fill in the following:
      • Type "" into the first address field, and click Extract.
      • If you receive an error message, log in to your Canvas course and copy the site URL for your course from the browser address bar. Back in Respondus Quiz, paste this link instead into the first address field, then click Extract again.
      • In the "Description" field, enter a name for your Canvas server (e.g., UBC Canvas Server).
      • Enter your UBC CWL as the username and password.
      • Click OK.
  7. Once a server is selected, click Next.
  8. If asked to log in to Canvas, click OK and log in with your CWL. If prompted to authorize Respondus Quiz access to your Canvas account, click Authorize.
  9. Back in the Respondus Quiz window, click OK if you see another pop-up asking to log in to Canvas. Then select an assessment type to create in Canvas.
  10. To import your assessment as a new quiz in your Canvas course, select Create and name your assessment, or select Replace to replace an existing quiz in your Canvas course.
  11. Select Apply Settings and Apply Question Groups options, if relevant, to include any Respondus Quiz settings and question groups you've set up, then click Next.
  12. You should see a list of all your Canvas courses. Select the course you want to import the assessment to and, if relevant, the assessment you want it to replace, then click Next again.
  13. A status window will display the importing progress. Please be patient and wait for the importing to finish. A confirmation message will confirm when your publish has completed successfully. Click Finish.
  14. Your assessment will be available in your Canvas course as a Canvas quiz. Note that although Respondus Quiz calls this process "publishing", the quiz will not be published for students to see in your Canvas course until you manually log in to Canvas and publish it.


  • Canvas calls all assessments "quizzes", although you may use Canvas quizzes to administer either quizzes or exams.
  • For more help, you can watch the video tutorial for importing Respondus Quiz assessments into Canvas to review the process before trying it yourself.
  • While you are able to create, edit, and format Respondus Quiz assessments offline, remember that you'll need to be online to import them into your Canvas course.
  • The assessments you import from Respondus Quiz will show up in your Canvas course as unpublished quizzes. Unpublished quizzes are not visible to students. You can manually publish these quizzes using the Canvas interface, when you are ready for students to see them.

Export a Canvas quiz to reformat in Respondus Quiz

You can export a Classic quiz from your Canvas course and import it into Respondus Quiz. Bringing the Canvas quiz into Respondus Quiz—combined with the steps in the next accordion section—will allow you to save the assessment into a file you can share or print. This process is particularly helpful if you need to accommodate students who are unable to take an online assessment.

  1. Log in to your Canvas course, and click Settings in the Course Navigation.
  2. On the right-hand side, click Export Course Content.
  3. Select Quiz as the export type, choose the quiz(zes) you want to export, and click Create Export.
  4. Once processing has completed, click the New Export link at the top of the page, and save the zip file that has been generated by Canvas.
  5. Open Respondus Quiz. Click the Start tab if not open already, and change the “Personality” to IMS QTI.
  6. Click Import Questions.
  7. In the pop-up, click Browse beside the “File Name” then, in the bottom right corner, click IMS QTI questions and select Zipped IMS QTI package so you can see the zipped folder you exported from Canvas.
  8. Navigate to and select the folder you downloaded, then click Open.
  9. Next to “Create a new document”, provide a name and click Preview.
  10. In the “Preview results” box at the bottom of the page, check for any obvious errors with the import. If you find any errors, try uploading the file again. When you are finished, click Finish.
  11. Click the Start tab and change the “Personality” back to Canvas.
  12. You will see a warning about making this change. Click OK.
  13. To finalize the conversion, in the textbox at the bottom of the next pop-up, enter a name and click Save As New File. This step will allow you to open the converted file in Respondus Quiz.


  • Exported quiz links in Canvas are only active for 30 days. After 30 days, you will need to export the content again to re-download it.
  • The question type may not always transfer correctly from Canvas to Respondus Quiz, but you can reset it. In Respondus Quiz, in the Edit tab for the quiz, look at the bottom for the question list. Change the question type by clicking the arrow next to any question you wish to change and selecting Edit.

Save a Respondus Quiz assessment as a file to share or print

You can download any Respondus Quiz assessment as a Microsoft Word document, and then distribute it in file or in paper form to your students.

  1. Open Respondus Quiz. Click the Start tab if it is not open already, and click Open Or Create from the left-hand navigation.
  2. Click Open to open an existing assessment. In the pop-up, select the assessment, and click Open.
  3. Click the Preview + Publish tab and select Print Options in the left-hand navigation.
  4. Select the format you wish to export the assessment in, then click Settings next to it to adjust any format options. When you are done adjusting, click OK.
  5. The "Randomize Questions" section allows you to create up to 10 different versions of the assessment, depending on the settings you choose. Make adjustments as you like, and refer to the steps in the accordion above for customizing settings, if you want to set up question groups for randomization.
  6. If you see a "Questions to be included" section, specify the range of questions to be included in the printed document. To include all the questions, leave the fields blank.
  7. When you are done, click Save to File to save the assessment as a Microsoft Word (.doc) file that you can format as needed, and then distribute or print.


  • You can preview the print options you've set as well as print directly from Respondus Quiz. The printing feature works similarly to other Windows programs.
  • You can also save assessments as rich text (.rtf) and standard text (.txt) files. To do this, select the desired file format instead of Microsoft Word when completing Step 7.

Where can I get more support with Respondus Quiz?

Technical support

If you have trouble with Respondus Quiz or Canvas:

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