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Add and Edit Quiz

Creating a new Quiz activity is a two-step process.

  1. Create the quiz activity. Set the options that define the rules for interacting with the quiz.
  2. Add questions to the quiz.

When you create a quiz, it is visible to students by default. If you do not want to students to see it right away, access the Edit menu for the quiz and select Hide.


Add a Quiz activity

Steps in Snap: Create learning activity or resource > Quiz > Add

Steps in other themes: Turn editing on > Add an activity or resource > Quiz > Add

How it looks in Snap
How it looks in another theme
 
  1. In any course section select Create learning activity or resource and choose Advanced forum. SelectAdd.

If you are not using Snap, select Turn editing on. Select Add an activity or resource and choose Quiz. Select Add.

  1. Provide a meaningful name and description for the quiz.
    • The quiz name appears on the course page by default.
    • Select Display description on course page,& if you also want the description to appear.
  2. Configure optional settings to change the appearance, layout, or functionality of a quiz:

    In the Snap theme you can use the Expand all option to open all the settings at the same time.

  3. Click Save and return to course to display the course front page, or Save and display to show the quiz.

Edit a Quiz activity

Steps in Snap: Quiz > Edit

Steps in other themes: Turn editing on > Quiz > Edit settings

Snap theme
Other theme

To edit a Quiz activity, navigate to the activity and select Edit.

If you accidentally delete the activity, you can restore it from the recycle bin.


Set the timing

Steps in Snap: Quiz > Edit > Timing

Steps in other themes: Turn editing on > Quiz > Edit > Edit Settings > Timing

Timing options allow you to decide when students can take your quiz.

  • Open the quiz: Pick a date to make the quiz available so students can start taking the quiz. By default, the quiz opens the date you create the quiz.
  • Close the quiz: Pick a date end the quiz and hide it from students. This date should be after the date set to open the quiz.
  • Time limit: Do you want students to answer all the questions in 30 minutes? This option determines how long students have to complete the quiz.
  • When time expires: Decide what happens after the quiz expires.
    • Open attempts are automatically submitted: Force submit any unsaved attempts.
    • There is a grace period: Allow a grace period before a quiz is submitted. Type the number of minutes allowed in Submission grace period.
    • Attempts must be submitted before time expires: Students must submit their attempts before the time runs out. If they do not submit their attempt in time their submission is not counted.
  • Grading method: Select the grading method used to grade the quiz. Choose from Highest grade, Average grade, First attempt, or Last attempt.

Grade

Steps in Snap: Quiz > Edit > Grade

Steps in other themes: Turn editing on > Quiz > Edit > Edit Settings > Grade

Set the number of attempts, the calculation method, and what students need to pass the quiz.

  • Grade category: Select the gradebook category you want to group the quiz with.
  • Grade to pass: Type the minimum numerical grade students must get to pass.
  • Attempts allowed: Select the number of times students may attempt the quiz.
  • Grading method: Select how you want to grade the quiz.
    • Highest grade: The final grade is the highest grade achieved in all attempts.
    • Average grade: The final grade is the average of all grades achieved in all attempts.
    • First attempt: The final grade is the grade achieved in the first attempt.
    • Last attempt: The final grade is the grade achieved in the last attempt.

Layout

Steps in Snap: Quiz > Edit > Layout

Steps in other themes: Turn editing on > Quiz > Edit > Edit Settings > Layout

Set how many questions students see at a time and the order they can answer them.

  • New page: Select the number of questions you want to appear on each page.
  • Navigation method: Select Sequential to force students to answer questions in the order presented. Select Free, if students can answer questions in any order they choose.

Page breaks can always be changed manually on the editing page.


Question behavior

Steps in Snap: Quiz > Edit > Question behavior

Steps in other themes: Turn editing on > Quiz > Edit > Edit Settings > Question behavior

Choose the way students interact with quiz questions.

Example: Make students answer all quiz questions before receiving a grade or feedback. Shuffle the order of quiz questions. Provide hints to students before they attempt a question.

Expand Question behavior and set the following.

  • Shuffle within questions: Change question presentation each time students attempt the quiz. This setting only applies to questions that have many parts, such as multiple choice or matching questions.
  • How questions behave: Select how you want all questions in your quiz to behave. You can choose if you want to give students more than one attempt or if you want to grade the quiz manually. Do you want to let students have more than one attempt? Or give them immediate feedback?

    More on question behaviors on the Moodle website (may be available in English only)

  • Allow redo within an attempt: Allow students to redo a question before they finish an attempt. Use this option for practice quizzes. It works best with questions with behaviors like Immediate feedback or Interactive with multiple tries.
  • Each attempt builds on the last: Allow new quiz attempts to include the results of the previous attempt. This allows students several attempts to complete a quiz.

Review options

Steps in Snap: Quiz > Edit > Review options

Steps in other themes: Turn editing on > Quiz > Edit > Edit Settings > Review options

Control what information students see when they review a quiz attempt or look at quiz reports. For example, you can control if they see general feedback, their marks, and the right answer.

Select what you want them to see in each of the following time periods.

  • During the attempt: Allow students to see the selected information while they are answering a question. This setting is only relevant for some question behaviors. For example with Interactive with multiple tries, which displays feedback during the quiz attempt.
  • Immediately after the attempt: Allow students to see the selected information immediately after the quiz attempt. The settings apply for the first two minutes after the student selects Submit all and finish.
  • Later, while the quiz is still open: Allow students to see the selected information later, while the quiz is still open. The student must view the information before the quiz close date passes.
  • After the quiz is closed: Allow students to see the selected information after the quiz close date has passed.

Appearance

Steps in Snap: Quiz > Edit > Appearance

Steps in other themes: Turn editing on > Quiz > Edit > Edit Settings > Appearance

Appearance settings allow you to set whether a student's user picture appears on the screen during a quiz attempt, and also specifics the number of decimal places used when displaying grades.

  • Show the user's picture: Show the student's image while they are attempting the quiz. This makes it easier to prevent a student from cheating on a quiz.
  • Decimal places in grades: Select the number of digits to appear after a decimal point for the grades. This setting only affects the way grades appear. It doesn't change grade calculation.
  • Decimal places in question grades: Select the number of digits that appear after a decimal point in the grades.
  • Show blocks during quiz attempts*: Display normal course blocks during quiz attempts.

Extra restrictions on attempts

Steps in Snap: Quiz > Edit > Extra restrictions on attempts

Steps in other themes: Turn editing on > Quiz > Edit > Edit Settings > Extra restrictions on attempts

Lock down a quiz to discourage students from cheating.

  • Require password: Type the password students must use to access the quiz. Select Unmask to see the password as you are typing it.
  • Require network address: Restrict this quiz to only people in a certain location. Type a comma-separated list of permitted partial or full IP address numbers.
  • Enforced delay between 1st and 2nd attempts: Make students wait before making a second attempt on the quiz. Select Enable. Type a number and select a desired time duration from the drop-down menu.
  • Enforced delay between later attempts: Make students wait before making additional attempts.
  • Browser security*: The quiz begins if students have a JavaScript enabled web browser. This prevents other windows from appearing on the student's computer during the quiz. Students also can't use copy and paste during the quiz. By default, this is not on.

Overall feedback

Steps in Snap: Quiz > Edit > Overall feedback

Steps in other themes: Turn editing on > Quiz > Edit > Edit Settings > Overall feedback

Say something to your students when they submit a quiz attempt. You can change the message depending on the student's grade.

This is done with grade boundaries. Grade boundaries create grade ranges. 100% and 0% exist by default. You can create any number of boundaries between 100 and 0%. Type the grade boundary as a percentage or a number.

Between each boundary is an area for you to type your message. Students see this message when their score falls between the boundaries. Type the message you want students to see if they score in that range.

Example:

Grade boundary: 100%

Feedback: Nice job!

Grade boundary: 60%

Feedback: Please study this week's lesson some more.

Students who score between 100% and 60% see, "Nice job!". Those who score between 59.99% and 0% see, "Please study this week's work again".


Administration features

There are administration features for each type of activity in a course. These features are available in Edit mode.

Steps in Snap: Quiz > Edit > Admin menu

Steps in other themes: Turn editing on > Quiz > Edit > Edit settings

How it looks in Snap
How it looks in another theme
 

Select the administrative feature for the activity:

  • Edit settings: Update the activity settings.
  • Group overrides: Open or close the quiz at a different time or date for a particular group of students. For example, you can turn off or extend the time limit for students with special needs accommodations. All group overrides are listed on the page. You can edit the override any time.
  • User overrides: Open or close the quiz at a different time or date for one particular student. For example, to accommodate an excused absence such as extended illness or family emergency. All user overrides are listed on the page. You can edit the override any time.
  • Edit quiz: Update the quiz questions and scoring. You can't add or remove questions after students take the quiz.
  • Preview: View the quiz how your students see it.
  • Results: View how students did on each question. You can also view what needs grading.
  • Locally assigned roles: Update the role of a specific user for the activity.
  • Permissions: Update the permission a specific user role can have for the activity.
  • Check permissions: Review a specific user's permissions for the activity.
  • Filters: Update the filter settings for the assignment. Filters can be used to add links, insert multimedia players, convert Mathematical expressions or emoticons into images and more.
  • Logs: Review the log files available for the activity. Opens the Reports section in Course administration.
  • Backup: Complete the backup for the activity.
  • Restore: Complete a restore of the activity from a previous backup.
  • Question bank: View questions from the quiz and all quizzes in the course.