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A quiz is a useful way to test or evaluate students knowledge on a particular subject or area of study. It can be used for both formative and summative (credit bearing) assessment, such as in class tests or examinations.
Moodle Quiz for online exam
If you are running a summative test or exam in Moodle, please refer to our guidance on using Moodle Quiz for online exams.
The UCL E-Learning Baseline suggests the following for Orientation :
The Assessment category suggests that you should:
Creating a quiz in Moodle is actually a three stage process.
Watch How to create a Moodle Quiz (video 16 minutes) for an overview of creating a Moodle quiz, or follow the text instructions are provided below.
(For exams, refer to our separate settings guidance).
You may add a variety of different types of questions in the Quiz activity:
Drag and drop into text
Drag and drop markers
Drag and drop onto image
Random short-answer matching
Select missing words
Besides the standard Question types that are part of the core Moodle distribution, there are a number of additional "third party" question types:
Further guidance on Quiz settings is available from moodledocs.
If you find any inaccurate or missing information you can even update this yourself (it's a communal wiki).
If you have a specific question about the tool please contact the Digital Education team.
Tips and good practice and tips for Using a Quiz are available from moodledocs.
When creating questions and quizzes there is a process on how best to do it.
We recommend creating questions in the Question bank before creating the quiz.
The flowchart below shows how these elements of the quiz interact with one another.
Q. How do I grant one or more students an extension for a quiz with a deadline?
A. Follow these instructions:
Q. What should I write in the description area of a Moodle quiz being used to run an exam?
A. It is recommended that the exam introduction on the settings page contain information about the exam that students can read while waiting for the exam to begin. Below is a template for the kind of information we suggest you include.
Replace all text in square brackets  with the appropriate information for the exam.
Exam Description Template
About this exam:
This exam consists of [??] questions including [multiple choice questions, matching questions and free-text questions.]
The maximum marks you can receive is displayed to the left of each question. Partially correct answers will be awarded part marks. You won't be negatively marked for incorrect answers, so you should attempt to answer all questions.
You will have [??] minutes to complete the exam. Those who have been granted additional time to complete the exam will be allowed to continue for the agreed period. Numeric answers [DO/DO NOT] require you to enter the unit in the answer.
About Moodle quiz exams:
Moodle will save your answers each time you click to the next question.
When you have finished the exam press [Submit all and finish] and you will be prompted to confirm - once you confirm you want to finish you will not be able to re-enter the exam!
Write down the page number of any questions you want to revisit so you can come back to them later.
The password will be announced by the chief invigilator at the beginning of the exam. When it is announced, press F5 to refresh this page and enter the password in the box that appears at the bottom of this page to start the exam.
Q. How do I print out my Moodle quiz?
There are lots of other areas to explore in relation to quizzes on Moodle. Some other parts of the Moodle.org website you might find helpful include:
E-Examinations - M12a - Moodle Quiz for invigilated online exams.
Writing questions - Writing effective assessment questions.
Building a quiz - Guidance on Building a Quiz.
Question Types - More details on the range of Question types available in Moodle.
Question categories - In Moodle Question categories are great for organising your question and can be used to quickly add random questions.
Quiz reports - How to access and understand various Moodle Quiz reports, including grades, responses and statistics report.
Quiz quick guide - If you are still struggling you might want to try the Quiz quick guide from moodledocs.
Importing question - How to import questions from Moodle from other sources, including Word table format.