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Resondus 4.0 - Easily create and manaage online assessments

Respondus 4.0 is a powerful tool for creating and managing online exams. Exams can be created offline using a familiar Windows environment such as MS Word or a plain text editor and published directly to Blackboard courses. Blackboard exams can also be printed to paper or saved as Word or PDF files from Respondus. Respondus 4.0 also provides other time-saving tools such as equation editors, web links, and multimedia functions.

Whether you're a veteran at creating online exams or relatively new to it, Respondus will save you hours on each exam each semester!

Note: Respondus 4.0 is NOT the same application as Respondus LockDown Browser.

Already Installed Respondus 4.0? Important Information!

Users of previously installed copies of Respondus 4.0 will need to update their activation password:

  • Prior to August 1, 2019: start Respondus 4.0 > select File > Update License (if "Update License" isn't shown, 1st upgrade to the latest version of Respondus 4.0)
  • After August 1, 2019: Respondus will automatically prompt you for the new password on starting the application.

Visit NDSU Software Downloads for the new activation password (see the Installation Password: under Respondus 4.0 Campus-wide (NDSU Faculty and Staff)

You must establish a new connection to the NDUS Blackboard system if you previously used Respondus 4.0 to connect to the NDSU Blackboard server to publish or retrieve exams,   Previously purchased Single-User versions of Respondus 4.0 should be uninstalled. Download and install the free Campus-wide version before connecting to Blackboard from Respondus.

Getting Started

Respondus 4.0 is available to NDSU faculty and staff at no cost via a campus-wide license NDSU purchased in Fall 2018. Respondus 4.0 can be installed on multiple Windows computers for both on- and off-campus use.

Once Respondus 4.0 is installed you must establish a connection to the NDUS Blackboard server to publish exams to Blackboard and/or to retrieve exam data from Blackboard to Respondus.

See the Download/Installation and Blackboard Connection Instructions below for more information.

Have questions? Request help with Respondus 4.0

System Requirements

Respondus 4.0 is NOT available for Macintosh systems.

  • Operating System: Windows 7, 8 or 10
  • Memory: 32 MB RAM minimum
  • Hard Disk Space: 10 MB of free hard disk space for program files
  • Monitor: 1024x768 or 1280x720 minimum resolution
  • Mobile App: Not available - can be installed on tablet devices using the Windows OS (i.e. Surface Pro, etc.)

Respondus 4.0 can be downloaded and installed on any Windows computer. Respondus does not work on Macintosh computers. Follow this link to NDSU Software Downloads for installation instructions including the necessary installation password you'll need to install Respondus.

A connection between Respondus and Blackboard must be established after installing the software to be able to publish exams to Blackboard courses or retrieve data from Blackboard exams. This Blackboard connection only needs to be created once on each computer using Respondus 4.0

Resources designed to help you use Respondus 4.0 are available from Respondus.com Instructional Services also offers brief Respondus 4.0 information sessions and/or 1-hour "hands-on" Respondus workshops.Check the schedule and/or register for workshops.

Respondus 4.0 is generally very stable and problem-free; however, you may experience these common warning messages or errors while using Respondus.


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