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2.2.11 Quiz

This feature adds a quiz to the class. It can contain any number of questions, and they can be true/false, multiple choice, and fill-in-the-blank. The quiz may also have feedback, where it can explain to the students why the answer is what it is. To add a “Quiz”, select “Quiz” from the “Add an activity” menu. This takes you to the “Quiz” editing screen:


Again, there are help buttons available if you need them (the “?” buttons).

Name – this can be anything you like.

Introduction – this is the introduction to the quiz. You can add full formatting using the formatting tools (bold, italics, etc.).

Open the quiz – this sets the opening date and time for the quiz. Students cannot take the quiz before this time.

Quiz Closes - this sets the ending date and time of the quiz. Students cannot take the quiz after this time.

Time limit – this sets how long a student has to take the quiz (1-110 minutes). The default is “0,” which means the student can take as much time as needed.

Time delay between first and second attempts - If you set a time delay, then a student has to wait for that time before they can attempt a quiz after the first attempt.

Time delay between later attempts – amount of time required to wait before they can attempt their third or later attempts.

Questions per page - For longer quizzes it makes sense to stretch the quiz over several pages by limiting the number of questions per page. When adding questions to the quiz page breaks will automatically be inserted according to the setting you choose here. However you will also be able to move page breaks around by hand later on the editing page.

Shuffle Questions – this changes the order of the questions on the quiz every time the student takes it (or for every different student who takes the quiz). This helps to prevent students from copying each other.

Shuffle within questions – this is very similar, except it changes the order of the answers given for multiple choice or matching questions.

Attempts allowed – this sets the number of times a student may take a quiz. This can be very useful if the quiz is a review exercise, as the student can take it as many times as the teacher wants (and each grade does get reported to the teacher).

Each attempt builds on the last – this sets whether or not the quiz builds on previous quizzes. If multiple attempts of a quiz are allowed, and this is set to “Yes,” then the former quiz results will be included in this attempt (including feedback, if turned on). If this option is set to “no,” then the quiz will be a fresh (blank) quiz every time the student takes it.

Adaptive Mode - If you choose Yes for this option then the student will be allowed multiple responses to a question even within the same attempt at the quiz. For example, if the student's response is marked as incorrect the student will be allowed to try again immediately. A penalty will usually be subtracted from the students score for each wrong attempt (the amount is determined by the penalty factor).

Grading method – this allows you to set how quizzes are scored if the student can take the quiz multiple times. You can choose from keeping the highest grade, keeping the average of all the grades, keeping the first score, or keeping the latest score.

Apply Penalties - If a quiz is run in adaptive mode then a student is allowed to try again after a wrong response. In this case you may want to impose a penalty for each wrong response to be subtracted from the final mark for the question. The amount of penalty is chosen individually for each question when setting up or editing the question. This setting has no effect unless the quiz is run in adaptive mode.

Decimal digits in grades - By using this setting you can select the number of decimals to be showed in the grade of every attempt.

Students May Review - This option controls whether and when students will be able to review their past attempts at this quiz.

Show quiz in a “secure” window - The "secure" window tries to provide a little more security for quizzes (making copying and cheating more difficult) by restricting some of the things that students can do with their browsers.

Require password – this is an option field. You can type a password here that students are required to type in before they can take the quiz.

Require network address – this is an option field. You can fill in IP addresses here, and only those addresses can take the quiz. The system can understand partial IP addresses, like 10.0. and can accept multiple addresses separated by commas (,, etc.).

Group Mode - You can use this section to assign how groups will operate with this activity.

Visible - If it is set to “Show” will allow your students to see this page. If it is set to hide, your students will not see the page (useful if you’re still editing it!).

Overall feedback - The overall feedback is some text that is shown to a student after they have completed an attempt at the quiz. The text that is shown can depend on the grade the student got. For example, if you enter: Grade boundary: 100%
Feedback: Well done
Grade boundary: 40%
Feedback: Please study this week's work again

Then students who score between 100% and 40% will see the "Well done" message, and students who score between 39.99% and 0% will see the other message. That is, the grade boundaries define ranges of grades, and each feedback string is displayed to scores within the appropriate range. The grade boundaries can be specified either as a percentage, for example "31.41%", or as a number, for example "7". If your quiz is out of 10 marks, a grade boundary of 7 means 7/10 or better.

When you have the settings the way you want them (and they can always be changed), click on “Save Changes.” This will take you to a screen like this (note that you can also get to this questions bank by going to the “Questions” link in your administration block):


On the right, you may select a category (there is one set up called “default”). These are ways of organizing your questions. If you use the same questions over and over, you may wish to organize them (into categories like “Othello,” “Hamlet,” etc.). The questions are then available to pick and choose from to create your quiz (this is useful if your electronic classroom has spanned several semesters and you have questions built up). To add new categories, click on “Edit categories,” add the new category, and click on “Save changes.” Also, you have the option to publish categories to all teachers (this is an option under “Edit categories”). This makes all the questions in that category available to any teacher, which can be handy if you are teaching the same book/lesson/unit as someone else.

To “build” a question, select a category (for my examples, I will use “default”). The screen will then show any existing questions, and allow you to add new ones. When you create a question, it is stored in the category you selected. It is then always available to add to any quiz at any time. To create a new question, select the type of question you want from the pull-down menu.

You have the option of adding a Calculated, Description, Essay, Matching, Embedded Answers (Cloze), Multiple Choice, Short Answer, Numerical, Random Short-Answer Matching or True/False questions.