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Respondus Test Bank Network FAQ

Which Respondus applications work with the Test Bank Network?

Instructors who adopt a participating textbook for their course can use the accompanying test bank, free of charge, with Respondus 4.0, StudyMate Class, StudyMate Author, and Respondus LE.

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Is there a cost to use the test banks from the Test Bank Network?

No, there is no additional cost for the test bank, as long as you are an instructor who meets the adoption criteria of the publisher. Remember, though, that the test banks are the property of the publisher. Use of this material is contingent upon adherence to the publisher's rules of use.

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Which publishers participate in the Test Bank Network?

See the list of the current publisher partners at http://www.respondus.com/partners/publisher_list.shtml.

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How do I request a test bank?

The search form is available from the Respondus website at http://www.respondus.com/testbank/search.php, as well as from the Test Bank Network Wizard within Respondus 4.0 and the Test Bank Network tab in StudyMate Class. Simply search on the title, author, or keyword(s) to find the textbook in use. Select "More Information" and fill out and submit the request for the test bank. The publisher will send you a File Code and File Password via email within 1-3 days. With this information, you can register the test bank within Respondus and StudyMate Class, or download the test bank for use with StudyMate Author or Respondus LE.

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What should I do if I request a test bank, but I don't hear from the publisher?

Respondus Inc. is unable to send file codes and passwords directly to instructors. However, if you don't receive a response from the publisher within 5 business days, send an e-mail to us at publishers@respondus.com and we will try to assist you (please provide as much detail about your request as possible).

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What if the textbook I use isn't available?

If you were unable to locate the textbook you use, please check the following:

  • That you spelled the author's last name correctly if searching by author (and that you only included the last name)
  • That you reviewed all the results for the search (there may be multiple pages, and many titles with similar names)

If you've confirmed the test bank for your textbook is not available:

  • Make sure that the publisher of your textbook is a Partner in the Respondus Test Bank Network.
  • If the publisher of your text is listed, contact your Publisher Representative directly and indicate that you'd like the test bank for your textbook made available in Respondus format.
  • If the publisher is not currently a partner, contact your Publisher Representative and let them know you would like their test bank content added to the Respondus Test Bank Network.
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What are some of the features in the Test Bank Network?

The integration with the Respondus Test Bank Network and both Respondus 4 and StudyMate Class is seamless and interactive. Instructors can register and link to test banks from directly within the applications. Selecting items from test banks is also fast and easy. Two other important features include:

  • a "popularity" indicator that shows how often an item has been selected by other instructors
  • a "flag" feature to alert other instructors - and the publisher - to possible errors

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For Respondus Users

 

What are the new features in Respondus 4.0?

Respondus 4.0 includes a more seamless and interactive integration with the Respondus Test Bank Network. Instructors can register and link to test banks from directly within the application. Selecting items from test banks is also faster and easier. Two other new features include:

  • a "popularity" indicator that shows how often an item has been selected by other instructors
  • a "flag" feature to alert other instructors - and the publisher - to possible errors

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How do I upgrade my version of Respondus 4, so that I can use the new features?

Respondus 4.0 users simply need to use the "Check for Update" feature from within Respondus. Select "Help" from the menu bar, click "Check for Update", and click "Get Update". Respondus 3.5 users will need to install the latest version of Respondus 4.

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I have test banks previously downloaded with the Respondus Test Bank Network for an older version of Respondus. How can I use them with Respondus 4?

If you were using an earlier version of Respondus (before 4.0) and have moved to Respondus 4.0, you can use the previously downloaded test bank files as a standard Respondus file. For example, questions can be selected from that test bank using the Exam Wizard. However, to use the interactive features with the new Respondus Test Bank Network, you must use the Test Bank Network wizard (located on the Start tab) to register the test bank.

  • If you retained the File Code and Password provided by the publisher to download the original file, use that information to complete the registration step in the wizard.
  • If you no longer have the File Code and Password, simply use the Test Bank Network wizard to search for the test bank and resubmit the registration form. The publisher will then provide the File Code and Password by email within 1-3 days. Use this to complete the registration step in the Test Bank Network wizard.

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For StudyMate Class Users

 

How are questions from test banks used with the Fact or Term/Definition templates?

The Fact or Term/Definition items that can be selected from the Test Bank Network are automatically generated from questions in the associated test bank.

For example, a Multiple Choice item would be converted to a Term/Definition item by pairing the question wording with the correct answer and dropping the incorrect distracters.

This means that instructors do not have to recreate items manually, and students are able to review the same material in many different ways.

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How can I view items in StudyMate Class after I've selected them from a test bank?

Once items have been selected from the Test Bank Network tab in StudyMate Class, you can view them using the learning activities on the View tab. Multiple choice items can be viewed in the Quiz and Challenge Activities, Term/Definition items can be viewed in the Flash Cards, Pick a Letter, Fill in the Blank, Glossary, Matching, and Crosswords activities; Fact items can be viewed in the Fact Cards and Fact Cards Plus activities.

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Can I edit items from the test bank once they are copied to a StudyMate Class project?

Yes, once an item has been copied from a test bank into a StudyMate Class project, it can be edited from the Edit tab.

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I already have test banks that I registered to use with Respondus 4; can I use them with StudyMate Class, too?

If you retained the File Code and Password provided by the publisher for a particular test bank, use that information to register the test bank from within StudyMate Class.

If you no longer have the File Code and Password, you will need to request it from the publisher again. From the Respondus website at http://www.respondus.com/products/testbank/search.php, search for the textbook and submit the request form. Or, if you are in StudyMate Class, go to the Test Bank Network tab, search for the text book, and submit the request form.

The publisher will then provide the File Code and Password by email within 1-3 days. Then, use this information to register the test bank from within StudyMate Class.

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