Test Bank Development Guide

Test Bank
Development Guide

Test banks are pools of questions from which instructors can create quizzes, assessments, and exams. The questions could appear on a printed exam, in a learning management system, or in other assessment software. If you have questions about how your test bank will be distributed, talk to your Cognella rep.

You can build test banks in Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Word.

Building a test bank in Excel allows for the inclusion of valuable metadata alongside questions. For example, providing the difficulty level alongside each question enables instructors to create balanced exams or multiple versions of an exam, each with the same level of difficulty. If you’d like to build a test bank in Microsoft Excel, ask your Cognella rep for a template.

To create a test bank in Microsoft Word, follow the formatting instructions in this guide.

Formatting in Microsoft Word

Because test bank questions may be imported digitally, Cognella requires all test banks created in Microsoft Word to adopt the standard formatting demonstrated in this guide.

Before you begin, adjust your AutoFormat options in Word to eliminate “automatic numbered lists.”

To Create a Question in Microsoft Word

  • First, indicate the question type, if required.
  • Begin each question with a number, followed by a period.
  • Add one space after the period, then write out the question wording.
  • Begin each answer with a lowercase letter (a – t), followed by a period, a space, and then the answer itself.
  • Place an asterisk before the lowercase letter of the correct answer(s) (do not add a space between the asterisk and the lowercase letter).
  • Optional: Add general feedback after the question wording and before the answer choices. Use the @ symbol to provide feedback. Include a single space after the symbol, then write out the feedback.