Creating Quizzes

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Quizzes in Moodle can consist of multiple-choice, true-false, short answer questions, fill-in-the-blank, and other unique types of quiz questions. The quiz module in Moodle has two main components: the Quiz Body and the Question Banks

Creating the Quiz Body


  1. Click the Turn editing on button. NUM1
  2. Click on the Add an Activity drop-down menu in the specific module and select QuizNUM2
  3. Fill in the quiz Name and write an Introduction. Any guidelines for taking the quiz should be included in the introduction area, including a statement of academic honesty. NUM3
  4. Under the Timing area, specify the times when the quiz will be available to participants. When enabled the Time limit is the time that participants will have to complete the quiz after they begin their attempt. NUM4Note: Participants who access the quiz before the open date will be able to see the introduction page, but not the quiz itself.
  5. Select the number of attempts and grading method: By default students have one attempt. If students are permitted more attempts, set Attempts Allowed and select which attempt will be counted under Grading MethodNUM5
  6. Review options control what students can see when they review a quiz attempt or look at the quiz reports. By default students will only receive their grade and overall feedback until the quiz is closed and after that they will be able to view their attemptNUM6Note: Generally you do not want your students receive feedback until after the quiz is close.
  7. Overall feedback is text that is shown after a quiz has been attempted. By specifying additional grade boundaries (as a percentage or as a number), the text shown can depend on the grade obtained.
  8. Click on  save_and_display at the bottom of the screen and you will be brought to the course page.  Click on the Quiz, and then select Edit Quiz to begin adding questions. NUM7

Note: If you are using a weighted gradebook, graded activities will only be weighted equally if the Grade drop-down is the same for all activities contained within that category. That is, the number of possible points per assignment should be equal for every activity in the category.









More Quiz Body Options

  • Question order will randomly order the quiz questions when displayed to students;
  • New Page will automatically insert a page break after a specified amount of questions
  • Shuffle within questions will randomly order each question’s answers when displayed to students.
  • Each attempt builds on the last. If this option is set to Yes, the student’s responses from the last attempt will be visible the next time the quiz is accessed.
  • Decimal places in grades specifies the number of digits shown after the decimal point when displaying grades or grades.  Decimal Place in question gradessetting specifies the number of digits shown after the decimal point when displaying the grades for individual questions.
  • If Enforced delay is enabled, a student must wait for the specified time to elapse before being able to attempt the quiz a second time.
  • If Show the user’s picture is enabled, the student’s name and picture will be shown on-screen during the attempt, and on the review screen, making it easier to check that the student is logged in as themself in a proctored exam.
  • Require password will prompt students to enter a password before taking the quiz.

Important Note about Security Features:By default quizzes are shown in a new, secure window. The secure window option prevents students from copying and pasting questions/answers and printing out the quiz. Unfortunately, it is not 100% effective in ensuring students do not open another web browser or other file. It is good practice to always leave this option on (ON by default).

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