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Creating a Quiz:

Step 1: Turn Editing On.


Step 2: Choose "Add an Activity", and "Quiz" from the drop down list.


  • You must Name your Quiz and you can type anything in the Introduction text box. The other options can be left as their default values.


  • Timing
    • You can specify times when the quiz is accessible for students to make attempts
    • By default, quizzes do not have a time limit, which allows students as much time as they need to complete the quiz
    • If you do specify a time limit, then several things are done to try and ensure that quizzes are completed within that time:
      • Javascript support in the browser becomes mandatory - this allows the timer to work correctly
      • A floating timer window is shown with a countdown
      • When the timer has run out, the quiz is submitted automatically with whatever answers have been filled in so far
      • If a student manages to cheat and spends more than 60 seconds over the allotted time then the quiz is automatically graded zero
    • If you set a time delay, then the student has to wait for that time before they can attempt a quiz after the first attempt.


  • Display
    • 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
    • If you enable this option, then the order of questions in the quiz will be randomly shuffled each time a student attempts the quiz. This is not related to the use of Random Questions, this is only about the displayed order of questions. The intention is to make it a little harder for students to copy from each other.
    • If you enable this option, then the parts making up the individual questions will be randomly shuffled each time a student starts an attempt at this quiz, provided the option is also enabled in the question settings. The intention is simply to make it a little harder for students to copy from each other. This only applies to questions that have multiple parts, such as Multiple Choice or Matching Questions. For multiple choice questions the order of the answers is shuffled only when this option is set to "Yes". For matching type questions the answers are always shuffled, this setting controls whether in addition the order of the question-answer pairs is shuffled.


  • Attempts
    • Students may be allowed multiple attempts at a quiz
    • If multiple attempts are allowed and this setting is set to Yes, then each new attempt contains the results of the previous attempt. This allows a quiz to be completed over several attempts.To show a fresh quiz on every attempt, select No for this setting.
    • 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. So for example if the student's response is marked as incorrect the student will be allowed to try again immediately. However a penalty will usually be subtracted from the students score for each wrong attempt (the amount of penalty is determined by the penalty factor, set by the next option).


  • Grades
    • When multiple attempts are allowed, there are different ways you can use the grades to calculate the student's final grade for the quiz.
      • Highest Grade - The final grade is the highest (best) grade in any attempt
      • Average Grade - The final grade is the average grade of all attempts
      • First Grade - The final grade is the grade gained on the first attempt
      • Last Grade - The final grade is the grade gained on the most recent attempt
    • 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.
    • By using this setting you can select the number of digits that should be shown after the decimal point when displaying student scores or grades. For example choosing '0' means the displayed grades will be rounded to integers.


  • Review Options
    • These options control what information users can see when they review a quiz attempt or look at the quiz reports.
    • Immediately after the attempt means within two minutes of the attempt being finished by the user clicking 'Submit all and finish'.
    • Later, while the quiz is still open means after this, and before the quiz close date.
    • After the quiz is closed means after the quiz close date has passed. If the quiz does not have a close date, this state is never reached.
    • Users with the capability 'View hidden grades' [moodle/grade:viewhidden] (typically teachers and administrators) are not affected by these settings and will always be able to review all information about a student's attempt at any time.


  • Security/Outcomes/Common module settings
    • Stick with default settings


  • 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


  • Save and return to course or Save and display or Cancel


Save and display gives you the following:Save&Display

Adding Questions - Using the Question Bank

Questions can be created or added after you create a quiz or by selecting the Questions option under the
Administration block.

  • Create a Question - Choose the Questions tab
    • You can add a variety of different types of questions to a category:
    • Multiple Choice: In response to a question (that may include a image) the respondent chooses from multiple answers.
      There are two types of multiple choice questions - single answer and multiple answer.
    • Short Answer: In response to a question (that may include a image), the respondent types a word or phrase.
      There may be several possible correct answers, with different grades. Answers may or may not be sensitive to case.
    • Numerical: From the student perspective, a numerical question looks just like a short-answer question.
      The difference is that numerical answers are allowed to have an accepted error. This allows a continuous range of answers to be set.
    • True/False: In response to a question (that may include a image), the respondent selects from two options: True or False.
    • Matching: A list of sub questions is provided, along with a list of answers. The respondent must "match" the correct answers with each question.
    • Embedded Answers: These very flexible questions consist of a passage of text (in Moodle format) that has various answers embedded within it,
      including multiple choice, short answers and numerical answers.
    • Random Short-Answer Matching: From the student perspective, this looks just like a Matching question. The difference is that the subquestions
      are drawn randomly from Short Answer questions in the current category.
    • Random: A Random question in a quiz is replaced by a randomly-chosen question from the category that was set.
    • Description: This is not a real question. It simply prints some text (and possibly graphics) without requiring an answer.
      This can be used to provide some information to be used by a following group of questions, for example.
    • Calculated: Calculated questions offer a way to create individual numerical questions by the use of wildcards that are substituted with individual values when the quiz is taken.
    • Essay: In response to a question (that may include an image) the respondent writes an answer in essay format.


Questions are organized into categories. Initially each course has only one category called "Default". It is good practice to create more categories to organize your questions. This not only makes it easier to find questions, but makes the use of random questions and matching question easier. You can create a hierarchy of categories because you can create subcategories inside parent categories. To add or edit categories click on the "Categories" tab.

The question editing screen shows the questions from the currently selected category. You choose this category from the Category: drop-down menu. Using the tick box below that menu you determine whether to also show the questions from all subcategories.

Import a quiz - Choose the Import tab


  • Now that you've selected the Import option, you must decide on a file format


  • Choose or upload a file… under Import from file already in course files…

  • This area contains all of the files that you have uploaded into Moodle. If your file is not here yet, you must add it by selecting the Upload a file button.
  • Once your file has been uploaded, you may need to Unzip the file. If not, select Choose and you will be returned to the Import screen.
  • Select Import from this file

For more information on Importing visit: http://docs.moodle.org/en/Import_questions

Using ExamView: http://www.mguhlin.org/2009/09/moodle-tip-examview-and-moodle-quiz.html


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