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Import or Export Tests, Surveys, and Pools

You can import test banks and question pools made available by your textbook publisher. Check your specific publisher's website for instructions on how to export and save the questions in a format that is compatible with importing to Blackboard Learn.

You can also export tests, surveys, and pools as ZIP files that you or other instructors can import to other courses. This is an effective way to share them and to save them for later use.

How to Import a Test, Survey, or Pool

  1. On the Control Panel, expand the Course Tools section and click Tests, Surveys, and Pools.
  2. On the Tests, Surveys, and Pools page, click the item you want to import, such as Pools.
  3. Click Import on the action bar.
  4. On the Import page, locate the file:
    • To upload a file from your computer, click Browse My Computer.
    • To upload a file from the course's storage repository:
      • If Course Files is the course's storage repository, click Browse Course.


      • If your institution licenses content management, click Browse Content Collection.
  5. Click Submit.

How to Export a Test, Survey, or Pool

  1. Access the contextual menu for a test, survey, or pool and click Export.
  2. Click OK in the pop-up window to save the file.

    If your institution licenses content management, two export options will appear in the contextual menu. To save the file to your computer, choose Export to Local Computer. To save the file in the Content Collection, choose Export to Content Collection.


Only test, survey, and pool packages exported from Blackboard Learn may be imported.

If they are in the proper format, you can import tests and surveys created by others at other institutions or created with older versions of Blackboard Learn.

To learn about formatting the questions types in tests, surveys, and pools, see Upload Questions.

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