Respondus is an application use to create offline exams printed or published to Canvas. The process is fairly simple; download and install the software, format your quiz file accordingly, and finally publish your quiz for student access.

For a product description and complete list of features as well as information on the Respondus Test Bank Network (a free service that allows instructors to download publishers' test banks), visit

Downloading and Installing Respondus

The California State University System has obtained a consortium license for the Respondus software, which enables CSULA faculty to download and use the software for free at home and on-campus.

To begin, please read the license arrangements and complete the Respondus Installation Information Form. We will email to you the information necessary to download and install Respondus on your computer. A Respondus User Guide (PDF) is available for reference.

* Respondus is a PC only software application; Mac users can use Respondus using Cal State LA's MyTools service to import questions and create quizzes.

Respondus Question File Document

Please download and use one of the templates below to correctly format your question file. Once the question file has been formatted properly it can be imported to Respondus Quiz Builder and then published for online access. Please refer to the correct instructional handout below for more information.

Please model your question file after one of the two sample Respondus question files below. Please ensure your question file is properly formatted. Improperly formatted documents will not import correctly into Respondus. 

Publish Quiz using Respondus

Make an appointment with CETL lab staff to review the steps for using Respondus to publish your quiz. Our staff will walk you through the process of importing your quiz file to Respondus, selecting quiz taking settings (availability, length, attempts, review, etc.), and publishing for online access. Advance instructions on using question banks to randomly selected questions to a quiz will be discussed, along with other strategies.

Contact LMS Support if you require additional assistance. Click here for current CETL Service Status.