About TestGen test bank files
TestGen is a computerized test generation program, available exclusively from Pearson. You install TestGen on your personal computer (Windows or Macintosh) and create your own tests for classroom testing and for other specialized delivery options, such as over a local area network or on the web. A test bank, which is also called a Test Item File (TIF), typically contains a large set of test items, organized by chapter and ready for your use in creating a test, based on the associated textbook material.
Comprehensive test banks accompany many of the textbooks from Pearson, and in many cases they are TestGen test banks. To download a test bank, search for your textbook in this catalog. Once on the textbook's product page, click on the Resources tab and look for the TestGen test bank title. The download time varies depending on the size of the test bank.
Note that you will not be able to open and use the test bank file unless you have installed the TestGen application in your system.
Installing or upgrading to a new version of the TestGen application
The installation software is compressed for the platform you selected. You will need to uncompress the TestGen plug-in and the TestGen application using WinZip, StuffIt, or a similar program before you can install them. (See Expanding .ZIP or .SIT compressed files for download links.)
- Go to the TestGen website at
- Click on DOWNLOADS.
- Sign in using the same username and password that you use for this site.
- Follow the instructions there to download and install TestGen application.
Note: If you need assistance, click the SUPPORT link on the TestGen website
Verifying your TestGen version is compatible with the test bank you are downloading
The link to the test bank file you are downloading indicates the version of TestGen used to create the file. If you are running that version or a higher version, you can open the test bank in TestGen. If you need to upgrade your version of the TestGen application, see the preceding instructions.
To check your version of TestGen:
- Start the TestGen program.
- From the Help menu, select About. A window appears displaying the TestGen version you are using.
Opening the compressed test bank file
Once you have installed the TestGen application, you can open the TestGen file for your textbook. If you have not done so already, use the search box or browse our catalog to find your textbook. Depending on your browser, you can either open or download these files by clicking on them. On a PC, if you right click the link, you will see a menu with a choice that says "Save link as" or "Save target as." Use this option to save the file to your computer.
To open the compressed file:
- Locate and open the archive file (.sit for Macintosh and .zip for Windows) on your computer.
- Extract the test bank (.bok) file to the TestGen/tests folder on your computer.
Tip: It's easier to find your test banks if you save them to the TestGen/tests folder on your computer. That way, when you choose Open Book from the TestGen File menu, the test banks files are immediately visible for you to select.
Opening a TestGen test bank
- Start the TestGen application.
- From the File menu, select Open Book. You can browse to locate your new TestGen test bank file. All TestGen test bank files end in the file extension .bok.
TestGen test bank FAQ
What is TestGen?
TestGen is a computerized test generation program you install on your personal computer (Windows or Macintosh) to create your own tests. TestGen provides state-of-the-art features for viewing and editing test bank questions, dragging a selected question into a test you are creating, and printing beautifully formatted tests in a variety of layouts. TestGen math and science capabilities make it easy to include any mathematical or scientific symbols in your testing material. For specialized web-based products, such as MyLab & Mastering and certain advanced math and science programs, TestGen also provides a browser plug-in your students use to take your TestGen tests on the web.
For more info, see Installing TestGen and Downloading TestGen Testbanks above.
What is a TestGen test bank?
A test bank, which is also called a Test Item File (TIF), typically contains a large set of test items, organized by chapter and ready for your use in creating a test, based on the associated textbook material.
How do I find out if there is a TestGen test bank available for my textbook?
First, search for your textbook on our catalog. Once on the textbook listing page, available TestGen test banks will appear under Instructor Resources.
How do I download a TestGen test bank?
From your textbook's product page in this catalog, click the TestGen test bank title for your computer's platform. (You will be required to provide your username and password at this point if you have not already signed in.) The test bank is compressed for the platform you selected. You will need to uncompress it using WinZip, StuffIt, or a similar program. (See Expanding .ZIP or .SIT compressed files for download links.)
Extract the test bank (.bok) file to the TestGen/tests folder on your computer.
What version of TestGen should I be using?
On your textbook's product page, the TestGen test bank link specifies the version of TestGen used to create the test bank. If you are running that version or a higher version, you can use the test bank. To check your version of TestGen, start the TestGen program. From the TestGen Help menu, choose Help, then choose About. A page displays with the TestGen version information.
How do I create a test by using the test bank?
To create a test, start TestGen, choose the type of test you want to create, and go to File, then Open Book to choose your test bank. You can then drag-and-drop questions from the test bank into your test or create your own questions. For help using TestGen, choose Help from its Help menu.
What is QuizMaster?
QuizMaster is a student testing program designed to work with TestGen software that provides a way for students to take tests on a local area network (LAN) and allows instructors to view and print reports based on the results of such tests. QuizMaster software is also available at www.pearsoned.com/testgen
What are some of the specific features of TestGen?
Be prepared for a long list! The TestGen wizard steps you through the creation of a simple test with drag-and-drop or point-and-click transfer. You can select test questions either manually or randomly and use online spell checking and other tools to quickly polish your testing content and presentation. The question formats include multiple-choice, short-answer, true/false, matching, essay, and vocabulary.
To order test items randomly, you can regenerate numbers or text in questions that allow variables. For math and science instructors, a major advantage of TestGen is the ability to manipulate equations and graphs and add graphics. Most math and science test banks include sophisticated algorithmic problems you can use to create an unlimited number of versions of the same question.
Finally, you can use your test in a variety of formats:
- Print up to 25 variations of a single test
- Export tests in text (.txt or .rtf), HTML, or QuizMaster format
- Save tests for use with QuizMaster on a computer network