Blackboard Tip: How to Export and Import Tests

Blackboard’s additive approach to moving content between courses is a little different from ANGEL’s and, honestly, sometimes it’s a pain. But sometimes, it actually really comes in handy, and I’ve come to enjoy being able to export and import single tests, for example. Here’s how.

To get a single test from one course to another, go to Course Tools > Tests, Surveys and Pools > Tests and find the “chevron-to-edit” to the right of the name of the test (or quiz, or exam, or whathaveyou) you want to move. Then click export.


Blackboard will create a nice-and-tidy .zip file and save it to wherever your downloads automatically save. It doesn’t matter much where it goes, just that you know where it is so that you can retrieve it.

Just make sure you "save," not "open."

Just make sure you “save,” not “open.”

Your final, import-y step is to go to the destination course, go into Tests, Surveys and Pools again and click on Import Test. Browse your drive(s) for that test export file and then import. That’s it!

You could, alternatively, go into Packages and Utilities and then Import Package to get the test file in.

Remember, this just puts the test in the course — it’s not “deployed,” and thus available for students. To make this test available, go to the content area you want it be, then hover over Assessments in the bar at the top (edit mode: ON) and then click on Test. This will prompt you to pick the test you want and modify its settings (options).


Caveats: I have seen this not work when the test was made up of a question set or two. If the import doesn’t seem to work, for this or any other reason, contact We may be able to accomplish the same goal through a middle-man software for tests called Respondus.

And one final “well, that’s a weird quirk” note: You can export a test from one course and import it as a pool in as another, but just be prepared that you’ll actually end up with a new pool and a new test.


Alex is online course support technician at IDS, working to support all online, hybrid and LMS-enhanced instructors and students in using Blackboard and several media servers. She's also the administrator for the MCC Blogs network. You can reach her at

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