Importing questions through Aiken format

An example of Aike n Format im porting file



This guide will show you how to import multiple choice questions through an Aiken Format importing file.


What to know:

Aiken Format is a simple format for importing multiple choice questions from a text file.


It only supports multiple choice questions with one option as the correct answer .



Step 1:  Write the questions

Write your questions in a word-processing application (e.g., MS Word) or a text editor such as Notepad (Windows) or Text Edit (Mac OS X), under the following format:

  1. Question text: the question must be all in one line.
  2. Options:
    • Start with a single uppercase letter;
    • Followed by a period "." or a right parenthesis ")", then space, e.g. 'A. ' or 'A) ';
  3. Correct answer: The answer line must immediately follow, starting with "ANSWER: " (with a space after the colon) and then give the letter for the correct answer.
    Note: The word "ANSWER" and the answer letters (A,B,C etc.) must be capitalized as shown, otherwise the import will fail.


Step 2:  Save the file
  1. Click 'Save as' to save your file
  2. Choose to save the file as a '.txt' (plain text) file
  3. Choose the encoding format to be UTF-8 format .




Step 3:  Import the file into the Question Bank

Please see the article  Import questions from word file   to upload the file and import the questions.

For the first step of importing a file, choose the file format 'Aiken format', and then follow the screenshot below to finish the rest of the steps.



Additional resource:  

Here is the official documentation about importing questions by Aiken format: