What is it?
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 exams.
Why use it?
- When used for formative testing, it can check the student's current knowledge levels, and let them see areas for improvement.
- Marking can be automated on some question types (such as multiple choice).
Who can use it?
- Tutors can create quizzes and provide detailed feedback for each question to help students learn (for formative quizzes).
- Students can take quizzes and view feedback for each question (in formative quizzes).
Before I start...
- What type of questions would work best?
- Do I want to apply a penalty for wrong answers?
- Should I allow multiple attempts?
- do I want students to review their attempt(s)?
How do I set one up?
Add a Quiz quick guide
(For exams, refer to our separate settings guidance).
- To create a Quiz remember to Turn editing on.
- In the topic where you want the quiz to appear, click on the Add an activity or resource link and select Quiz.
- Give the quiz a meaningful and unambiguous Name.
- In the Description, explain clearly what the students have to do, any pre-quiz requirements and so on. Note you can use the Editor to add links, images etc..
- For Timing, you can choose when the quiz is available to students, by setting an open date/time and closed date/time. Tick the Enable box to allow this. When a Time limit is set, Moodle will automatically submit the quiz after this time expires. The student is warned when time runs low. You can also set a time limit on the quiz. We recommend you set When time expires to 'Open attempts are submitted automatically.'
- Grade controls which Grade category the results will come under, Attempts allowed - how many attempts your students are allowed to take, and Grading Method - how multiple attempts (if allowed) are graded.
- Layout - Shuffling the question order randomly can help stop repetition, predictable patterns and cheating off a neighbour (in exams). If you want the questions to display in the order they appear on the edit screen, set this to 'As shown on the edit screen'. Placing Every question on a New page is recommended for exams, as student responses will be saved every time they change page.
- Question Behaviour - Shuffling within the question (i.e. randomising the answers) can also help stop repetition, predictable patterns and cheating off a neighbour (in exams). You can choose what kind of feedback (if any) to provide students. For exams, you will probably want to keep this set to deferred feedback. Certainty Based Marking (CBM) is a new option available in Moodle 2. More information about this method of testing is available from: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/lapt/
- Review options - information is presented at various stages throughout the quiz - for exams, these should all be unchecked so students can't see their attempts or marks.
- Extra Restrictions on attempts - If you are setting an exam, you should require a password. If you need to check what it is, click Unmask.
- Once you are happy with the settings, Save and display.
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.
- Creating a quiz in Moodle is actually a three stage process.
- Firstly you create questions in a Question bank.
- Next you set up a Quiz.
- Finally you add questions from the bank to the quiz.
Examples and case studies
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.
Questions & Answers
Q. How do I grant one or more students an extension for a quiz with a deadline?
A. Follow these instructions:
- To grant an extension to a group of students. You will need to setup Moodle groups to do this.
- To grant an extension to an individual student.
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.
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:
Building a quiz - Detailed step-by-step guidance on Building a Quiz.
Question Types - More details on the range of Question types available in Moodle.
Importing question - How to import questions from Moodle from other sources, including Word table format.