Creating a Quiz

There are many aspects of the quiz tool. This Quick Start Guide will focus on only three: Priorities, Restrictions, and Assessments. These tabs will allow you to create, set dates and other parameters, and establish a grade item for your quiz or exam.

To get started:

  1. Go to the Assessments tab in the course navigation bar at the top of your course homepage.
  2. Select Quizzes from the dropdown menu.
  3. Select New Quiz button. Window will open to Priorities tab.


Priorities Tab

The basic functions located under this tab in the quiz tool are: titling, adding quiz questions, and setting instructions and navigation options.

To set priorities:

  1. Enter a name for the quiz in the Name field.
    • Using chapter numbers or clear topical titles is recommended over module numbers as this allows you to identify and move quizzes as necessary.
    • Make sure to use consistent naming system so that students can easily identify like items discussed in syllabus, gradebook, and module content area.
  2. Select Add/Edit Questions button.
  3. Select Add button to access a dropdown menu of question types.
  4. You will have three options:
    • New Question – This is where you enter your questions – you will select a type here
    • Section – You can group questions by creating a section
    • Question Pool – You can pull a certain number of questions from a question bank by using this option
  5. For the purposes of this document we will be Adding a New Question
  6. Add your questions to the quiz
  7. Save

    • If you would like Elearning to be able to auto-grade your quiz, a variety of true/false, multiple choice, multi-select, matching, arithmetic or ordering can be used.
    • Written response questions will need to be graded by instructor.
    • Add question text only. The system will number the questions for you automatically.
    • You can randomize the order of the response options for some test questions, to do so, select the box next to Randomize answers for each student
    • Makes sure you select the correct answers and identify the point value of the question. The default setting is 1 point per question.
  8. Navigate back by selecting Back to Setting for Test
  9. Determine the following: (default is no specification or shuffle)
    • Questions per page - Specify number of questions students may view at one time, select Apply
    • Paging: Prevent moving Backwards through pages - Selecting this box determines whether students may look back and correct answers prior to submission
    • Shuffle questions at the quiz level - Selecting this box will shuffle questions to ensure test questions are presented in random order
  10. Scroll down to Description/Introduction
  11. To add a Description for students, select the On radio button and add text to the Description box
  12. If you cut and paste the same information in both boxes, this will allow learners to view instructions in the content module and at the beginning of quiz.
    • Example: You will have 10 minutes to complete this 10-question multiple choice quiz. You will only be able to see one question per page. Once answered you will not be permitted to go back. Your quiz will be scored immediately upon completion. You are permitted 3 attempts; only the best of 3 scores will apply to your final quiz grade.
  13. Ignore option to complete Page Header/Footer.
  14. Scroll to Optional Advanced Properties to:
    • Disable right click
    • Disable pager and alerts
    • Note: Select the question mark icons for more information
  15. Select Save (or Save and Close to return to quiz later).


Restrictions Tab

Under this tab, instructors can set dates for quizzes to be open or closed to students, set time limits, and allow special access for learners needing accommodations like extra time.

To set restrictions:

  1. Select Restrictions tab (Return to tool ribbon on top of page for designated quiz).
    • Note: Quizzes are, by default, hidden from students until an instructor unhides.
  2. Uncheck box that indicates quiz is hidden from students.
  3. Set Due Dates to indicate expected date of completion.
  4. Set Start Date to make a quiz available.
  5. Set End Date to close or stop access to assessment.
  6. Conditions are not recommended in most cases.
  7. Scroll to Timing
  8. Set enforced time limit to stop access after finite amount of time or note recommend time limit to indicate anticipated work time, but allow students to work at own pace.
  9. As necessary, set Special Access for specific students to meet accommodation requirements.
  10. Select Save (or Save and Close to return to quiz later).


Assessment Tab

This tab allows instructors to create or attach assessment to gradebook as well as elect automatic grading and export to the gradebook.

To create/connect to gradebook:

  1. Select Assessment tab (Return to tool ribbon on top of page for designated quiz).
  2. Check Automatic Grade box next to Allow attempt to be set as graded immediately upon completion to have system grade multiple choice and true/false questions. (Note: This is not recommended in the case that you have multiple written responses to evaluate).
  3. Grade Item: Connect quiz to established grade item or create a grade item for your quiz making sure that total points and title are consistent.
  4. Check Auto Export to Grades box to Allow automatic export to grades.
  5. Determine number of attempts each student is permitted to complete. Default setting is one attempt.
  6. Overall Grade Calculation: If more than one attempt, determine which score should be attributed to gradebook calculation and apply.
  7. Select Save and Close.


Adding Quiz to Content Module

Once you have finished creating a quiz, it can be added to any module. To add any quiz to a module:

  1. Go to intended module (click link for module located in left-side menu of Content tab).
  2. Select Add Existing button (located in topic area under module description).
  3. Select Quizzes.
  4. Select intended quiz.