Canvas Exam Converter

What is a QTI converter?
This online tool will allow you to create Canvas Quizzes using a formatted* text entry. Using this tool will allow you to upload a set of quiz questions with correct answers instead of manually entering each question into Canvas and its associated answer one at a time.

When do you use this tool or Respondus 4.0?
All Mac users will use this tool instead of Respondus 4.0. PC users can use either option. Respondus 4.0 offers more options, such as adding images into your quiz questions, but these features require users to learn more technical skills to properly use the software. For more information about how to use Respondus 4.0, read this training SMORE or contact for assistance.

What platforms does it support?
Mac and PC users alike can use this online tool, unlike Respondus 4.0, which only supports PC users.

How do you use this tool?
You use this tool by pasting the formatted* question text as described below into the text window on this website. Once you are finished, click the green "Check for Syntax Errors" button and make any last corrections. Once no errors are found, click the Convert to Canvas QTI file button. The web browser will automatically download the QTI zip file to your computer. You will import this file into your Canvas course using the “Import Course Content” option on the course settings page. Click Here for the Canvas guide on importing the QTI zip file. Once complete, you can publish or continue editing your Canvas Quiz as appropriate.

*Question Formatting
Each question must start with the question number followed by a period and space and then the question text. Each question must be separated with a single blank line


Multiple Choice: Each choice needs to start with a lower case alphabet, a, b, c, d, etc. with a close parenthesis. The correct choice is designated with an asterisk.
1. What is 2+3?
a) 6
b) 1
*c) 5
d) 10

Multiple-answers: Each choice use [] or [ ] to make the incorrect answers and [*] for the correct answers.
1. Which of the following are dinosaurs?
[ ] Woolly mammoth
[*] Tyrannosaurus rex
[*] Triceratops
[ ] Smilodon fatalis

Short-answer (fill-in-the-blank): The correct answers will use an asterisk followed by one or more spaces or tabs followed by an answer.
1. Who lives at the North Pole?
* Santa
* Santa Claus
* Father Christmas
* Saint Nicholas
* Saint Nick

Essay: This type of question is indicated by a sequence of three or four hashtags.
1. Write an essay.

File-upload: This type of question is indicated by a sequence of three or four carets.
1. Upload a file.

True/False: True and False statements start with a) and b). The correct choice is designated with an asterisk.
1. Water is liquid.
*a) True
b) False

QTI Conversion Form

Plain Text Only. This will be the title shown in canvas

Enter a decimal number value to be assigned to each question below. Ex: 10 or 5.50

Steps on uploading the QTI file to Quizzes in your course:

  1. Go to your Canvas course.
  2. Click the “Import Existing Content” button on the home page or select the “Import Course Content” on the course settings page.
  3. Under Import Content and next to “Content Type” select “QTI .zip file” from the pull-down menu.
  4. Click the "Choose File" button and select the zip file from the QTI Converter website.
  5. Click the "Import" button.
Wait for the import process to complete and check the Quizzes link in your course for the quiz.