Respondus Question Banks

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Respondus is a Windows application for creating and managing tests, quizzes, and surveys for Blackboard, and for printing hard copies.
You can use it off-line to create or edit your assessments.  It also imports questions from MS Word, including embedded images.
You also have access to Respondus-compatible Publisher Test Banks - free to instructors who adopt a participating textbook.

It runs well on Macs with Boot Camp and on virtual Windows software, such as Parallels and VM Ware Fusion.

The California State University System has a Campus Consortium license for Respondus.

For a product description with a complete list of features and information about the Respondus Test Bank Network, visit

Downloading and Installing the Respondus Software

Important: Do not download the software directly from the Respondus website, nor use our password to activate a copy previously downloaded from their site.
The campus-wide version is for use only by those affiliated with the California State University System.

Download the latest version from the Bb Respondus Organization.
Save the installer to your Desktop to find it easily.

  1. If the file is zipped, unzip/extract the installer.
  2. Double-click the app to start the Respondus installation program.
  3. During the installation process you will be asked to enter the name of the institution, the local support contact, and the installation password.

    License Information

Institution Name: California State University Consortium
Local Support Contact: Bob Koehler,, 667-3898
Installation Password: Contact
 to be added to the Bb Respondus Organization for the password.

We recommend that you accept the default settings when installing the program on your computer. 

Check for updates after installation.
  When you see a window to run an update, do so.

NOTE: When you register Respondus and are ready to use the Publish Wizard, select Yes, check for preconfigured server settings.
Click Next.
In the Choose Server window, select Bb at CSUStan.
Click OK.
Enter a name to describe our system (e.g., StanStateBb), enter your User name (Warrior ID) and Password, decide if you want Respondus to save your user information, and use Run connection test.  
Click Next.
The preset will configure Respondus for you and will automatically update your annual Respondus license.

Respondus Support

Download our version of the Respondus Tutorial (PDF) with set up instructions for Stan State Bb Learn.

Context-sensitive help is available throughout the Respondus program by pressing the F1 key or by selecting Help from the pull-down menu on the toolbar.
Respondus also has a link to open your browser to the video tutorial pages at their web site.

If you have questions about or encounter issues using the Respondus software, first consult the online help or the Respondus User Guide.
If you are unable to find answers or resolve your issues, direct your questions to:

Email: Bob Koehler (BbSupport)
Learning Technologist
or call: (209) 667-3898

Respondus User Guides 

Respondus Demo Videos (Adobe Flash Player is required to view the movies.)

  • Creating and Formatting Questions with Respondus
  • Using Publisher Test Banks with Respondus
  • Importing Questions with Respondus
  • Publishing to Blackboard
  • Publishing to Moodle

Legal Statement

Our consortium license with Respondus, Inc., does NOT permit instructors to obtain support directly from Respondus, Inc.

Our license DOES permit instructors to install a copy of the Respondus software on a home computer.

Please note:  You are not permitted to provide the Respondus software or the password information to anyone who is not affiliated with our institution. Such action is a violation of our licensing agreement with Respondus and is illegal.