Converting questions in Word to polling questions in Turning

Convert your Word document to a Turning question list

Learn how to prepare your Word document for conversion to a question list in Turning.

Turning question lists can easily be created in Word and imported to TurningPoint to be used in Anywhere Polling, Self-Paced Polling and PowerPoint Polling.

Formatting questions in Word

First remove question numbers and answer choice numbers/letters. Next, format the questions as Heading 1 and answer choices as Heading 2. You don’t need to worry about the font size or color. (See the example below.) Then save the file.

Note that you will mark the correct answers in TurningPoint after the questions have been imported. You do not need to mark them in Word.

Screenshot of a Word document used as an example for document formatting. The question prompt is labeled as Header 1 and the answer choices are labeled as Header 2
[Figure 1] Screenshot of a Word document used as an example for document formatting. The question prompt is labeled as Header 1 and the answer choices are labeled as Header 2.

Importing the questions to TurningPoint

Launch the TurningPoint app, click on the Content tab, then select New → Question List under the Content dropdown menu.

Screenshot of the Content tab in TurningPoint, with the Content dropdown menu activated and Question List highlighted

[Figure 2] Screenshot of the Content tab in TurningPoint, with the Content dropdown menu activated and Question List highlighted.

On the “Name your question list:” screen, enter a name and click the New List button.

Screenshot of the Question List Wizard with “Name” and the “New List” button highlighted

[Figure 3] Screenshot of the Question List Wizard with “Name” and the “New List” button highlighted.

On the “Preferences” screen, enter the point values (these can be changed later per question) and click the Save button. On the Edit Questions screen, an empty question will be created by default. Delete this question by clicking the Question drop-down menu and selecting Delete. Click the Question drop-down menu again and select Import.

Screenshot of the Edit Questions screen with the Question drop-down menu activated and the Import option highlighted

[Figure 4] Screenshot of the Edit Questions screen with the Question drop-down menu activated and the Import option highlighted.

Navigate to the Word file you created and click Open. Click the Import button at the bottom of the Import Questions window and the questions will be imported. Click on each question to edit the Question and Scoring Options (points, correct/incorrect answers, etc.) as needed. When finished, click Save and Close.

Your question list is now ready for Anywhere Polling or Self-Paced Polling.

Using the questions for PowerPoint Polling

Launch PowerPoint Polling and open an existing PowerPoint file. In the Content section (under the TurningPoint ribbon), click on Import. Browse to the Word file with your formatted questions, then click Import. The polling questions will be imported as individual slides.

Screenshot of the TurningPoint ribbon in PowerPoint with the Import button highlighted

[Figure 5] Screenshot of the TurningPoint ribbon in PowerPoint with the Import button highlighted.

Alternatively, if you want to create a new presentation using the question list, under Polling in the TurningPoint app, click on the name of the question list, then click Start now under PowerPoint Polling. This will open PowerPoint with all questions as individual slides. You can then create the lecture slides as necessary.

Screenshot of the Polling tab in TurningPoint with arrows pointing to the question list and “Start now” under PowerPoint Polling

[Figure 6] Screenshot of the Polling tab in TurningPoint with arrows pointing to the question list and “Start now” under PowerPoint Polling.