Canvas: Export Questions

If you need to export questions from Canvas to use with ExamSoft, you will need to take a few simple steps.

Note: Quiz exports do not include question banks. An exported quiz that was linked to a question bank will not include questions from that bank when imported into ExamSoft, unless that quiz was linked to an account-level question bank, and both courses belong to that account. For more information, see: Canvas Help Guide



  1. Log in to your Canvas instance.
  2. Navigate to the course that has the questions that you want to export.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. On the right side of the page, select Export Course Content.
  5. Under the Export Type, select the radio button for Quiz.
  6. Select the quizzes that you want to export.
  7. Select Create Export
    Note: Canvas will create an export archive where you can download the exported files.
  8. Open the downloaded file. The questions will be exported into a ZIP Archive.
  9. When the download is finished, extract the ZIP file to obtain the file.
    Example File Name:

    Note: The .ZIP download will need to be unzipped. It contains multiple files and top-level folders.



    Note: For more information about how to Zip and Unzip file folders in Windows, click here


Note: For more information about how to Zip and Unzip file folders on a Mac, click here


Next Steps

You are now ready to import the file in ExamSoft. See: Enterprise Portal: Import Questions from an LMS or a Question File or Legacy Portal: Prepare an RTF Question File to Import


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