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There are various options for creating Moodle quizzes more quickly than using the online Moodle quiz creation tool. Options include:

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Buying test banks from textbook publishers and then importing them to Moodle

Buying question banks from textbook publishers: http://newsletter.respondus.com/january-2013/easy-publisher-test-banks

Search test banks: 

Asking students to contribute question

See: http://docs.moodle.org/24/en/Question_creator_role

Creating questions offline then importing them to Moodle

Importing quiz questions into Moodle:

Comprehensive information on importing questions into Moodle: http://docs.moodle.org/23/en/Import_questions

Moodle recommends using Moodle XML format, as it allows the most comprehensive quiz data to be imported.

Importing questions from native Moodle format or from text files:

Comprehensive formats:

Both of these formats support multiple-choice, true-false, short answer, matching, missing word, cloze, numerical and essay questions.

They may not support calculated, drag and drop, algebra, regular expression or random matching questions - this needs to be confirmed!

  • GIFT format: Use a text file to export and import many Moodle question types with feedback, marks etc. Images are not supported. Find out how to format the text file here: http://buypct.com/gift_reference.pdf Enables multiple-choice, true-false, short answer, matching, missing word, numerical and essay questions to be imported or exported via text file. There are many tools to create GIFT format files: 

Simple formats for specific question types:

  • Aiken format: a simple format for importing multiple choice questions from a text file.
  • Embedded answers (Cloze): imports passage of text with questions such as multiple-choice and short answer embedded within it.
  • Missing word format: This format is only used for multiple choice questions and short answer questions, similar to GIFT. Currently has problems with MCQs - not recommended!


  • Do GIFT and Moodle XML support the import of images? GIFT doesn't, but Moodle XML does.
  • Do GIFT and Moodle XML support Latex? It seems that Moodle XML supports this (though it might just export the image - it would be better if it exported the LaTeX code so it is editable). I'm not sure if GIFT supports LaTeX - needs confirming.
  • Do GIFT and Moodle XML support calculated questions? It sounds like Moodle XML format supports calculated questions, but this needs to be confirmed. Not sure about GIFT.
  • Will QTI be supported by Moodle at some point? In the near future it looks like no, it won't. The import/export is no longer supported and QTI 2.1 is yet to be formally released by IMS.
Importing questions from other Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) and Quiz software into Moodle:

The following Moodle quiz import types allow you to import from other VLEs and quiz software:

  • Blackboard: for importing questions from Blackboard version 5 "POOL" type export format.
  • Blackboard V6+: supports all Blackboard export formats via zip file (includes images) or dat file.
  • Examview: imports quetions from Examview 4 XML files. For Examview 5+ Blackboard format may be used.
  • Hot Potatoes: imports Hot Potatoes questions into Moodle. Hot Potatoes is a freeware suite of applications that create interactive multiple-choice, short-answer, jumbled-sentence, crossword, matching/ordering and gap-fill exercises. Hot Potatoes is available from: http://hotpot.uvic.ca
  • Learnwise format: imports multiple choice questions saved in Learnwise's XML format.
  • WebCT format: imports multiple-choice and short answer questions saved in WebCT's text-based format.
  • Examview: imports quetions from Examview 4 XML files. For Examview 5+ Blackboard format may be used.
  • Respondus: As of Moodle 2, Respondus is no longer supported as a quiz question format. In order to import from Respondus a plugin would need to be installed on UCL Moodle.

Generating a Moodle question bank using the Maths Quiz GUI

Created by Tristan Robinson as part of an ELDG project