RTF Question Import Formatting

February 26, 2016 Aubri Bleacher

Rich Text Format (RTF) importing enables users to import multiple questions easily and quickly at once.  All questions can be exported from another system or created in a word document and saved as an .rtf file first to be imported into ExamSoft.  Questions can also be tagged with categories and saved into folders during this importing process. RTF will import text only, with no images.

Five question types can be entered via RTF Import:

  • Multiple Choice
  • True / False
  • Multiple Answer (Multiple Select)
  • Essay (Short Response)
  • Fill in the Blank.​ 

Formatting of imported questions will not be retained (e.g. bold, italics).

Minimum Required Formatting

Supported Fonts:  Arial, Arial Black, Comic Sans, Courier New, Georgia, Impact, Times New Roman, Trebuchet MS, Verdana
Supported Sizes: 8pt, 9pt, 10pt, 11pt, 12pt, 14pt, 16pt, 20pt, 22pt, 24pt, 26pt, 28pt, 36p, 48pt, 72pt

  • The default question type is Multiple Choice. If the question is not multiple choice, you must identify the type:
    Essay (Type: E)
    Fill in the Blank (Type: F), where you can have a maximum number of 15 blanks
    True/False No type is required, first answer must be True
  • For all questions, you must include:
    a. The question number followed by a parenthesis or period
    b. The question text
    c. Answer Choices (MC and TF only)
    Correct Answer (excluding Essay)

Multiple Choice Question

1. Examplify is ExamSoft's testing application, which is widely used for it's _________ exams. 
a. easy
b. fun
c. short
*d. secure

If you are importing only multiple choice questions, you may also include an answer key at the end of your document instead of including an asterisk before the correct answer (as shown above). 

Answer Key Example

1. When using Examplify for a secure exam, students will have the ability to:
a. set an alarm
b. listen to music
c. check their e-mail
d. search google

2. If backwards navigation is enabled, students can _____ their questions and come back to them. 
a. challenge
b. flag
c. mark
d. delete

1. a
2. b


1) Open the Exam Level Attachment, by clicking on the paperclip icon shown in the top toolbar. Are you able to move the attachment around on screen and utilize the magnifying options?

*a. True
b. False

Fill In The Blank

Type the question and use one of the five examples below to indicate where the blank is meant to appear:

_____ (five underscores)
__1__ (two underscores, a number, two underscores)
[1] (number in brackets)
[a] (lowercase letter in brackets)
[A] (capital letter in brackets)

For multiple correct answers, separate them using the pipe "|". 

Type: F 1. This is an example of a Fill-in-the-Blank question in Examplify. Complete the following sentence: ExamSoft's testing platform for Students is called [a]. Examplify can be used on [b] devices; Windows, Mac OS X, and iPad devices.

a. Examplify
b. three

Multiple Answers

Type: MA 3. Select the filter icon located at the top of the navigation pane on the left side within Examplify. What 3 different characteristics can questions be categorized by within Examplify?

*a. Unanswered.
*b. Flagged.
*c. Answered.
d. Unflagged.
e. I cannot see the question filters.

Note: The answer key example shown above is an alternative format to import multiple answer questions. 


Type: E 4. Identify and explain the features of Examplify. 

Advanced Formatting

Basic formatting allows you to simply import the question with no additional information. Advanced Formatting options will allow you to include additional fields. Note that you can pick and choose which of these you would like to include in your import file. You must have the access rights to edit the folder paths and category structures to utilize some of these features.

Folder - Add "Folder:" followed by the Folder name at the very beginning of the question, before the number. You can indicate sub-folders by using the / between levels. In the event the folder does not yet exist, the importer will create the new folder following the folder tree indicated in the question. 

Title - Add "Title:" at the beginning of the question,  between the folder and the number. If not indicated, the title will be the first 26 characters of the question stem. 

Category - Add "Category:" at the beginning of the question, just before the number. You must include the full category path of the indicated category. You can indicate sub-categories by using the / (forward slash) between each level. To add multiple categories, use a , (comma) between each category path. 

Rationale - Add a ~ (tilde) followed by a space followed by the rationale statement after the question stem. 

Answer Comments - Add an @ (at symbol) followed by a space followed by the answer comment after an answer choice.


Folder: Uploading exams Title:  Green Screen Category: Upload Confirmation 1) The green screen provides proctors confirmation that a student's exam file was successfully....
~This will provide a visual confirmation for proctors prior to students leaving the exam room. 
*a. uploaded
b. downloaded
c. completed
d. deleted

Click here to download our sample RTF Question File. 

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