Quiz

Overview

The Quiz activity in Moodle provides multiple choice, true-false, and short answer questions that can be assembled into a quiz or an exam administered through the computer. 

Why should I use a Quiz?

We do not recommend using the Quiz activity for high stakes mid-term and final exams. However, the use of the Quiz activity for low stakes and more frequently adminstered quizzzes is recommended as a formative assessment technique helping students and instructors measure learning progress. 

How to Create a Quiz Shell

Quiz shells enable you to set the name, description, and overall parameters of the quiz such as the time restrictions, question and answer choice shuffle settings, and review options. Creating a quiz on Moodle requires two steps: setting up the quiz shell and moving quiz questions into the shell.

NOTE: You will add questions to the shell after you create it.

Follow the instructions below to create a quiz shell:

  1. Log in to your course.
  2. Click on Gear Menu on the top right of your course.  
  3. Click Turn editing on, located in the dropdown menu.
  4. Click Add an activity or resource in the section of your choice.
  5. In the pop-up window, click the radio button next to Quiz.
  6. Click Add at the bottom of the window.
  7. The Adding a new Quiz screen will appear.
  8. Provide a quiz name.
  9. Review & Modify available quiz options to fit your needs.
  10. Click on the Save and return to course button at the bottom of the screen.

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Managing Your Question Bank

The question bank is a repository where quiz questions are kept and managed. Questions can be created, modified, or deleted in the question bank. Each course has a separate question bank.

Follow the instructions below to manage your question bank

  1. Log in to your course.
  2. Click on Gear Menu on the top right of your course.  
  3. Click More, located in the dropdown menu.
  4. At the bottom in the Question bank section, choose one of the following options:
    ​- Questions: Create questions using the Create a new question button.
    - Categories: Place questions in separate assessment category titles (midterm, final, quizzes, etc.)
    - Import: Questions stored in XML file format can be Imported.
    - Export: Questions from course can be Exported as an XML file and used in other course(s).

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Importing Questions into your Question Bank

After creating a Question Bank, use Aiken format to import multiple choice and T/F questions from a specially formatted text document. This method allows the mass importing of questions without needing to create each question one-by-one in Moodle. For more information on Aiken format, please see Aiken Quiz Question Format.

  1. Log in to your course.
  2. Click on Gear Menu on the top right of your course.  
  3. Click More, located in the dropdown menu.
  4. At the bottom in the Question bank section, click on Import.
  5. Select Aiken under File format.
  6. Click on the General heading to access and select the correct category using the Import category option down arrow.
  7. Drag and Drop your Aiken .txt file under Import Questions from file.
  8. Click on Import.

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Adding Questions to Quiz

Editing a quiz will allow you to add questions using a question bank or creating questions as you build your quiz.

Follow these instructions to add questions from a question bank:

  1. Log in to your course.
  2. Find the Quiz you would like to view.
  3. Click the Quiz title.
  4. Click on Gear Menu on the top right of your course.
  5. Click Edit quiz, located in the dropdown menu.
  6. Click on Add and select from question bank.
  7. Select the correct category which contains your questions.
  8. Select the questions which you want to include and click Add Selected Questions to Quiz.

Follow these instructions to add a new question into the quiz:

  1. Log in to your course.
  2. Find the Quiz you would like to view.
  3. Click the Quiz title.
  4. Click on Gear Menu on the top right of your course.
  5. Click Edit quiz, located in the dropdown menu.
  6. Click on Add and select a new question.
  7. Select which type of questions you want to add.
  8. Fill out the required fields for the questions, Question Name is used to identify the question.
    Note: When selecting grade for a question, none means they get no points. 100% means they get full credit for the answer.
  9. Click on Save Changes.

Follow these instructions to add random questions from a category into the quiz:

  1. Log in to your course.
  2. Find the Quiz you would like to view.
  3. Click the Quiz title.
  4. Click on Gear Menu on the top right of your course.
  5. Click Edit quiz, located in the dropdown menu.
  6. Click on Add and select a random question.
  7. Select the correct category which contains your questions.
  8. Select the number of questions which you want to include and click Add random question.

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Shuffling your Quiz Questions

Editing a quiz will allow you to shuffle the questions in your quiz. You can shuffle your questions on a per-section basis so each page can have its own set of shuffled questions. This is useful when you only want to shuffle a specific set of questions on your quiz.

Edit quiz screen with Shuffle questions highlighted

Follow these instructions to add questions from a question bank:

  1. Log in to your course.
  2. Find the Quiz you would like to view.
  3. Click the Quiz title.
  4. Click on Gear Menu on the top right of your course.
  5. Click Edit quiz, located in the dropdown menu.
  6. For each section you can click on the Shuffle button on the right hand side of the page number, above Add.
    • If you need more sections you can click on the Add and then a new section header between the questions.

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Reopening a Quiz

It is possible to reopen a quiz through Moodle. This would be helpful under certain circumstances. Some examples of situations where you would need to reopen a quiz are:

  • Moodle crashes in the middle of a quiz.
  • The majority of students have difficulty completing a quiz.

NOTE: Reopening a quiz following these instructions will open the quiz to the entire class. One of the ways to work around this is to place a password on the quiz. The other way is to provide different quiz parameters to individual students, please follow the instructions for setting a User Override in a Moodle Quiz.

Follow the instructions below to reopen a quiz after attempts have already been made.

  1. Log in to your course.
  2. Find the Quiz you would like to reopen.
  3. Click the Quiz title.
  4. Click on Gear Menu on the top right of your course.
  5. Click Edit settings, located in the dropdown menu.
  6. In the upper right-hand corner, click Expand all.
  7. Find the Section titled Grade.
  8. Find Attempts allowed
  9. Select 2 from the drop-down box.

NOTE: If you set times and dates to open and close the quiz, or if you set restrictions on quiz availability, make sure they are changed to allow for the attempts after the reopening of the quiz.

  1. Click Save and return to course at the bottom of the screen.

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Creating a Quiz User Override

Quiz override enables an instructor to change the quiz settings for an individual student. For example, the disabilities office may require a student be given double the time to complete an exam or an instructor could allow for a student to retake a test. A quiz override allows you to provide accommodations for those students.

Follow the instructions below to access the Quiz User Override Option:

  1. Log in to your course.
  2. Find the Quiz you wish to alter.
  3. Click the Quiz title.
  4. Click on Gear Menu on the top right of your course.
  5. Click User overrides, located in the dropdown menu.
  6. Click the Add user override button at the top of the screen.
  7. Select Override user from the available list.
  8. Modify the override settings to suit your needs.
  9. Click the Save or Save and enter another override button to complete the process.

NOTE: There is no limit on the number of quiz overrides. 

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Retrieving Quiz Statistics

Quiz statistics allow you to analyze the results of a quiz and assess your class’s performance at a glance. For example, you can see if there was a particular question the majority of the class got wrong or if there is a particular concept with which your class is struggling.

Follow the instructions below to access quiz statistics:

  1. Log in to your course.
  2. Find the Quiz you would like to view.
  3. Click the Quiz title.
  4. Click on Gear Menu on the top right of your course.
  5. Click Statistics, located in the dropdown menu under Results.
  6. Find Calculate statistics from drop-down menu.
  7. Choose All attempts.
  8. Click the Show report button to view the statistics for the quiz.

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Updating Incorrect Questions and Regrading the Quiz

If your students have completed a quiz, and you realize that a quiz question correct answer was marked incorrectly, you can update the answer for the question and regrade quiz attempts.

Follow the instructions below to change the answer for the quiz:

  1. Log in to your course.
  2. Click on Gear Menu on the top right of your course.  
  3. Click More, located in the dropdown menu.
  4. Click Question bank at the bottom.
  5. In the Select a category drop-down menu, choose the category that the question belongs to.
  6. Click on the Edit icon next to your question.
  7. Change the answer to your question.
  8. Click on the Save changes button at the bottom of the screen.

Follow the instructions below to regrade the quiz attempts:

  1. Log in to your course.
  2. Click on the Quiz title.
  3. Click on the Attempts: # link on the following screen.
  4. Click on the Select All link to select all quiz attempts.
  5. Click on the Regrade selected attempts button.

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Printing Moodle Quizzes

Follow the instructions below to print a hard copy of a Moodle Quiz:

  1. Log in to your course.
  2. Find the Quiz you would like to print.
  3. Click the Quiz title.
  4. Click on Gear Menu on the top right of your course.
  5. Click Edit settings, located in the dropdown menu.
  6. In the upper right-hand corner, click Expand all.
  7. Find the Layout section.
  8. Change the option on the New page setting to Never, all questions on one page.
  9. Make sure Repaginate now is checked.
  10. Click Save and display.
  11. Click Preview
  12. You can now print the entire quiz with all of the questions displayed.

NOTE: Changing these settings will make all quiz questions visible on a single page. If you are printing your quiz before your students will take it, be sure to reset the paging settings to your preferences if you would like to break the questions up into separate pages. It is not recommended that you repaginate during a period when a student could be in the middle of his/her quiz attempt.

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