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The Quizzes tool is used to create, categorise, store, manage, publish and grade questions you set for your students to respond to either as reinforcement of learning or as formal assessment tasks.

Ensure that you've created your questions in the Question Library before creating a quiz. See Question Library.

Why use the Quizzes tool?

The Quizzes tool is used to create, categorise, store, manage, publish and grade questions you set for your students to respond to either as reinforcement of learning or as formal assessment tasks.


  • give students the opportunity to reinforce their learning
  • reinforce to students the purpose and value of learning objectives or intended learning outcomes
  • design a series of small quizzes to support sequential learning
  • design quizzes as formal assessment tasks
  • give students opportunities to complete multiple-choice quizzes prior to multiple-choice exams
  • create, build and maintain a library of questions which can be re-used in other quizzes or units
  • have data available (e.g. student grades, attempts, class average, numbers of responses)
  • identify particular concepts which students appear to find challenging
  • provide instantaneous feedback to students as they complete a quiz
  • provide a variety of quiz question types so as to encourage different thinking styles
  • compile and export quiz results to a spreadsheet.


  • Online quizzes, well designed, can be a very efficient way of assessing student learning and providing instant feedback. Feedback on learning is the essential ingredient of good assessment practice.
  • Create your quiz questions in the Question Library so you can reuse the questions if required.
  • When setting up a Quiz ensure you add a Grade Item and tick the box next to Auto Export to Grades, which will ensure that student submission results are automatically exported to Grades for release to students.


Quizzes tool

Create a quiz

Step 1: Accessing the quiz tool

  1. Click on Assessment and select Quizzes link.
  2. Click on the New Quiz button.

Step 2: Properties tab

  1. Enter a Name for the quiz.
  2. Select a Category or create a new category if you wish.
  3. Click on Add/Edit Questions.
  4. If you've already created your questions in the Questions Library, click Import. See Question Library on how to create questions in the Questions Library.
  5. From the Import Source list, select From an Existing Collection.
  6. From the Source Collection, select Question Library.
  7. From the Source Section, navigate to the Section where the questions are located.
  8. Use the checkboxes to select the questions for the quiz.
  9. Click Save.
  10. Repeat step 4 and 9 for other section.
  11. When complete adding all the questions, click Done Editing Questions.
  12. You have the options to set the number of questions to display per page and whether you allow students to re-visit the questions.
  13. Complete Description / Introduction and Page Header / Footer as required.
  14. Click Expand optional advanced properties, you will see additional settings:
    • Click on Hints to enable question hints. Specific hints must be set up within each question.
    • Disable right click (or control-click on a Mac) prohibits users from printing quiz questions by right-clicking on a question when taking a quiz.
      Note: This option is not compatible with Macs when using Internet Explorer or Safari.
    • Uncheck allow the sending or reception of pager messages while taking this quiz to prevent users from utilising this feature while they are taking the quiz.
    • Enter your email address in the Notification Email field if you would like to be notified when a student submits a quiz for marking.
  15.  Click Save.

Step 3: Restrictions tab

  1. Users can only see quizzes that have been set to Active status.
  2. In the Availability section, you can set the quiz start and end dates. Choose a Start Date using the drop-down lists or the calendar icon. If you do not want your quiz to have a specific start date, choose no set start date.
  3. Choose an End Date using the drop-down lists or the calendar icon. If you do not want your quiz to have a specific end date, choose no end date.
    Note: Be aware that if you set a quiz to be available until a specific time of day, a student can log in at any period before that time and have the full time allotted to take the quiz. For example if the quiz is set to be available until midnight and students have 30 minutes to complete the quiz, a student who logs in at 11:59 pm will have 30 minutes to take the quiz and will be allowed to submit when the 30 minute period expires.
  4. Create and attach release conditions. See Release Conditions for more info.
  5. Set the time limit for the quiz. One minute per Multiple Choice Question is recommended unless questions require a demanding level of reading or computation.
  6. Choose to enforce the time limit and show clock by checking the corresponding boxes.
    Note: If you wish the system to Auto-Submit Attempt you must tick the box of enforce. See step 8 below.
  7. Type the number of minutes desired in the Grace Period text field. This value determines how many minutes the user has after the time limit has expired to submit their quiz before it is flagged as late.
  8. Select one of the following Late Submissions:
    • Select Allow normal submissions to let students submit quizzes even if the time limit and grace period have expired. Submissions after the grace period will be flagged as late. This means the time limit is not enforced.
    • If you select Use Late Limit and select an amount of time, students are given a grade of zero if they submit the quiz after the time limit + grace period + late limit period.
    • Select Auto-Submit Attempt to have the system automatically prompt users to submit their quiz attempt and block them from saving further progress after the specified time limit and grace period expire.
      Note: The Auto-Submit Attempt restriction only applies if the enforce check box is selected in step 6.
  9. If you wish to provide an extended grace period, a unique start and end date, time limit to students that have special access, click on Add Users to Special Access.
  10. Check the boxes beside any of the special access types, and complete the appropriate fields.
  11. Check the boxes beside the students to whom you want to provide special access.
  12. Click Add Special Access.

Note: When the Auto-Submit Attempt option is active, any questions that have not been saved before the time limit has expired, even if they have been answered, will not be submitted. As students move from page to page on a Quiz the system auto saves their answers. It is thus a good idea not to set your quiz to have too many questions per page; five or less is recommended.

Step 4: Assessment tab

Here you can specify attempts and overall grade calculation:

  1. Click add grade item to create a new grade for the quiz.
    Note: If you want the quiz to be graded, you must create a grade item and link the quiz to it.
    • Enter a name for the grade item.
    • If you do not wish your students to see their grade once they have taken a quiz, click the option of Hide this grade item.
  2. Once a quiz is linked to a grade item you have the option of having attempt scores automatically exported to the grade book by placing a checkmark beside the option allow automatic export to Grades.
  3. Under the Student View Preview, select how you would like your students to view their grade once released. You've four options: points grade, weighted grade, grade scheme symbol and grade scheme colour.
  4. Select the box next to Automatic Grade to allow the quiz attempt grade to be seen immediately after the user has completed and submitted the quiz. The displayed score is limited by what the system can auto-grade.
    Note: This setting must be turned on for grades to be automatically sent to the Grades List and for the default submission view to be released to users when they complete an attempt.
    If you want to delay releasing the quiz grades until you have completed the manual grading or until all students have submitted the quiz, do NOT tick this option until you have completed the grading or are ready to release the grades to all students. You can see the quiz results for the class using the Quiz Stats option.
  5. Choose the number of attempts allowed from the drop-down list.
  6. Choose which attempt will be included in the grade calculation from the Overall Grade Calculation drop-down list. The attempt calculated can be the highest, lowest, average. first, or last.
  7. If you choose to allow more than one attempt but not unlimited attempts, you have the option of setting Advanced Attempt Conditions after clicking on Save Quiz. Use the advanced attempt conditions to restrict the student from access to further attempts until they have achieved a specified score on the previous attempt.
  8. Click Save.

Note: Double check all the settings and questions before you release the quiz to students.

Step 5: Submission Views tab

The default view is for students to not see anything other than their score after they have taken a quiz. Use the options on the Submission Views tab to give feedback to users after they submit a quiz attempt. To change those default settings:

  1. The details of the default submission view are displayed.
  2. To change the default view, click the Default View link.
  3. Type a Message to display to students once they have submitted a quiz.
  4. Use the Show Question options to determine which elements of answered questions students see. Click Yes to show questions to students and choose an option from the Show Questions list.
  5. Click Save.

Note: You can also create additional views that are available at the date and time you set by clicking Add Additional View.

Manage quizzes

View quiz statistics

  1. Click on Assessment and select Quizzes link.
  2. Click on Statistics for from the context menu of the quiz you wish to view statistics.
  3. Click on one of the following:
    • The User Stats tab shows the class average, student's score as a percentage and the score distributions chart.
    • The Question Stats tab shows the average score on questions by percentage and total attempts.
    • The Question Details tab shows detailed information about each question in the quiz, including a list of all of the answers provided for each quiz attempt and how many students chose each possible answer.

Create a report

  1. Click on the quiz you have created.
  2. Click on Reports Setup tab.
  3. Click on Add Report.
  4. Enter a Report Name.
  5. Select Report Type.
  6. You can choose to immediately release a report after a quiz submission, or enter a date and time.
  7. In the Release Report To, select the check box beside each role you wish to release the report to, for example Unit Chair.
  8. Click Save.

Import questions from previous trimester

Reset an attempt

  1. Click on Assessment and select Quizzes link.
  2. Click on Grade from the contextual menu of the quiz you wish to reset an attempt.
  3. Type the student's name in the Search For box and click Search.
  4. Click on the checkbox next to the attempt 1.
  5. Click on the Reset button.
  6. You'll be asked to confirm this action, click Yes.

Force submission

  1. Click on Assessment and select Quizzes link.
  2. Click on Grade from the contextual menu of the quiz you wish to force submissions.
  3. From the dropdown list of Restrict to, select Users with attempts in progress and click on Search.
  4. Click on Enter Quiz as User.
  5. Click Yes to confirm your action.
  6. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Go To Submit Quiz.
  7. Click on Submit Quiz and click on Yes, submit quiz.

Regrade a quiz question

  1. Click on Assessment and select Quizzes link.
  2. Click on Grade from the contextual menu of the quiz you wish to regrade a question.
  3. Select the Questions tab
  4. To regrade all attempts select Update All Attempts.
  5. Select the question you want to regrade.
  6. Under Grading Type, select how you would like to regrade the question. You can either give all attempts a specific number of points, or you can give attempts with a particular answer a specific number of points.
  7. Click Save.

Copy Quizzes

Use this method to duplicate the quiz. A copied quiz contains all of the questions from the original quiz.

  1. On the Manage Quizzes page, click Copy from the More Actions contextual menu.
  2. Select a quiz from the Quiz to Copy drop-down list.
  3. Enter a name in the New Quiz Name field.
  4. Select the status of the new quiz from the drop-down list.
  5. Select Edit Quiz after copy completes if you want to go to the Edit page after creating your copy.
  6. Click Save.

Note: Ensure that you return to the copied quiz to add a grade item, change the start date, end date and release conditions of the quiz.

Reorder Quizzes

  1. Click on Assessment and select Quizzes link.
  2. Click on More Actions and select Reorder.
  3. Change the order of the quiz using the sort order drop-down list.
  4. Click Save.

Delete a Quiz

  1. Click on Assessment and select Quizzes link.
  2. Click on More Actions and select Delete.
  3. Use the checkboxes to select quizzes that you wish to delete.
  4. Click Delete Selected.
  5. You'll be asked to confirm, click Yes.
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