How do I import a test bank from Evolve Elsevier into Moodle?

Each publisher has different methods. These steps below are for Evolve Elsevier to Trinity’s Moodle 3.4 through the Turning Technology’s Examview Test Generator, as of September 2018.

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Downloading Full Test Bank

  1. Login to your existing account on Evolve Elsevier’s website.
  2. Select the textbook in question.
  3. Locate and click on the “Instructor Resources” page.
  4. Scroll down past the “Test bank” option to the “Download by Resource Type” section.
  5. On the “Download by Resource Type” page, locate the “Test Bank – Examview” for your type of computer system. Since we are a Windows campus, these instructions are for the Windows format.
  6. Click on the “Test Bank – Examview for Windows” and the file will download to your computer.
  7. Open a file explorer on your computer and locate the downloaded file.
  8. Right click on the zipped file and choose to “Extract All…” content.
  9. Once extracted, open the folder, if it doesn’t automatically. Then double-click on the ‘Setup’ file to install Examview on your computer.
  10. Step through the installation process, providing your Trinity information.
  11. Once complete, you will see three shortcut icons on your computer’s desktop. We are going to use Examview’s Test Generator option for the next section.

Exporting Everything from the Examview Test Generator

  1. Double-click the “Examview Test Generator” icon to begin the program.
  2. Login with your Turning Technologies email address and password. If you do not have one, you can get one for free by clicking the link indicated.
  3. If you are on your own computer, click the box next to “Remember me” and then click the “Sign in” button.
    Give the system a moment to start. You’ll see a landing page, but wait until you see the page with a number of options including opening an existing question bank.
  4. When the program asks you, “What do you want to do?” click on the icon for “Open an existing question bank.”
  5. Locate the question bank file. It is often in:
    C:\Program files (x86)\eInstruction\ExamView\Banks\name of the textbook
    Select the chapter you wish, and click the “Open” button.
  6. Once the the chapter’s questions are open, you will need to export all of the content. Click on the “File” option in the upper left corner.
  7. From the drop-down menu which appears, select the “Export” option.
  8. From the options which appear select the “Blackboard 7.1-9.0” version. Please note: the Moodle export option, if you see it, will not import properly into our system. Select “Blackboard 7.1-9.0” instead.
  9. In the next window, give the file a name, such as ‘Chapter 1.’ Make sure you know where you are saying the file. You can click on the drop-down arrow by the name of the textbook to see or change where you are saving the file.When you are ready, click the “Save” button.
  10. On the next screen, providing the name again. This is what the category in Moodle will be called for these questions upon import.
  11. You must also complete the name for the “Image directory” location. Simply type the word “images” in.
    Click the “OK” button and the zipped export of this chapter’s question will save to your computer, ready for Moodle.

Importing into Moodle

  1. From the main page of your course, click on the ‘edit’ gearwheel in the upper right corner.
  2. From the drop-down menu which appears, click on the “More…” option at the bottom.
  3. On the “Course Settings” page, scroll down to the “Question bank” settings section.
  4. Click on the “Import” link in the “Question bank” section.
  5. Then on the “Import” page, under the “File format,” select the “Blackboard” option.
  6. Under the “Import questions from file” section, click on the “Choose a file…” button to go upload your file. (If you are comfortable with dragging and dropping, you can also open a file explorer window to where the exported zipped file is, and simply drag over the zipped file.)
  7. Once the file is displayed, click the “Import” button.
  8. The system will parse out any questions from the zipped file. If there are a lot of questions, the import parsing will take longer than if there are only a few questions.
  9. Once the questions are successfully parsed out, you will see two green notifications at the top of the page, with the beginning of all of the questions displayed underneath them.
    NOTE: If there’s an error, you will received a red highlighted message instead.
  10. Once all of the questions are parsed out, scroll down to the very bottom of the page and click the “Continue” button.
  11. This will bring you to the imported questions as they are in the “Question bank.”
  12. You can edit the individual question, copy the question, preview the question, and delete the question with the icons to the right of the “Question” column.

Once your questions are imported, the icon to the left of the “Question” column will indicate what type of question it is. Some common question types are:

Two side by side dots indicate a “True/False” question type.

Three dots with lines after them stacked vertically indicate a “Multiple Choice” question type.


A small piece of paper indicates an “Essay” question type. These questions would be manually graded b the instructor.

Adding Questions from the Question Bank to Your Quiz

  1. First, create the quiz activity. Follow the link for a detailed step-by-step for this process. If you con’t have access to the ‘Moodle Quizzes for Faculty’ resource, please contact Moodle Support for access. You can also review the page for the Quiz activity settings on
  2. Once you have selected your settings, click on the “Save and display” button.
  3. You will receive a notice that quiz has no questions on it. Click the “Edit quiz” button to get to the screen where you can add questions.
  4. In the bottom right corner, under the word “Shuffle” there is an “Add” drop-down menu.
  5. Click on it and select the “from a question bank” option.
  6. Select the appropriate chapter from the drop-down menu.
  7. Then check the box next to the questions you wish to add, and click the “Add to quiz” option at the bottom.