Import Questions into Question Bank

Before importing questions into Moodle we strongly suggest you create a Category in the question bank for each chapter or topic that you will want to import questions into for easy sorting and picking.

Scroll to the top of the main course page.

From the Secondary navigation click the More menu.

Select the Question Bank item.

From the drop-down menu select the Import option.

Depending on the file format you have you’ll need to select a File Format:

  • IF YOU HAVE WORD OR PDF FILES you must first Convert your file into an Aiken plain text file and select Aiken format.
  • IF YOU HAVE QUESTION BANKS OR POOLS PROVIDED BY A PUBLISHER contact the publisher for the correct format. The most common format is Blackboard. 

Expand the General Section.

From the Import Category drop-down select the category you want to add these questions to.

Click the Choose a file… button and locate the file you want to upload.


Drag and drop your file into the big dashed box.

Once the file has uploaded click the Import button

It may take a short while for Moodle to process the file.

Preview your results

If you get 2 green messages your import is complete. Scroll to the bottom and click the Continue button to view your questions.

NOTE: If you get a red alert or something that mentions an error most likely there is likely an issue with the file. Submit a support ticket with your import file attached and we can help you troubleshoot the issue.

Anytime you create content by an import you should preview and test it.

You can test each question you just imported by:

  1. Clicking on the Edit menu and selecting Preview.
  2. Verify there are no typos in the question text or choices.
  3. Click the Fill in correct responses button to verify that the correct answer is marked.