The quiz activity enables a teacher to create quizzes comprising questions of various types, including multiple choice, matching, short-answer and numerical.
The teacher can allow the quiz to be attempted multiple times, with the questions shuffled or randomly selected from the question bank. A time limit may be set.
Each attempt is marked automatically, with the exception of essay questions, and the grade is recorded in the gradebook.
The teacher can choose when and if hints, feedback and correct answers are shown to students.
Quizzes may be used
- As course exams
- As mini tests for reading assignments or at the end of a topic
- As exam practice using questions from past exams
- To deliver immediate feedback about performance
- For self-assessment
This guide will help you quickly create a quiz on Moodle. If you would like a comprehensive explanation of each portion of the quiz activity, Click Here!
Creating a Quiz:
From your moodle shell, click "Turn editing on"
Scroll down to the proper week and in the bottom right corner of the box representing the week, click "Add and activity or resource"
Select "Quiz" from the menu on the left and click "Add" at the bottom of the window
A settings page will appear. Here you may edit the settings of the quiz to your liking. Please read Click Here! for a thorough explanation of each setting.
When you have finished editing the settings of the quiz, you may click "Save and display" at the bottom of the page
You will now see the quiz. Click "Edit quiz" in the center
You will see a list of questions. If there are none, or you would like to create more, click "Add" in the bottom right and select "a new question". For information on using previously created questions or using random questions, please Click Here! to read Moodle's documentation.
You will be asked to select the type of question. For brevity, we will continue this tutorial with the "Multiple Choice" question type. For more information on question types, Click Here!
Once you have selected the question type, click "Add"
Here you will create a question. Please edit the settings to best match your question.
- Select the question category
- Give the question a descriptive name. You'll use the name to track your questions later so "Question 1" isn't a good idea. The name will be used in the question lists on the quiz editing page or in the lesson as a page title. It will not be shown to the students, so you can choose any name that makes sense to you and possibly other teachers.
- Create the question text. If you're using the HTML Editor, you can format the question just like a word processing document.
- Select an image to display if you want to add a picture to the question. The available images are those you have uploaded to the main Moodle files area (they cannot be in folders). For the student, the image appears immediately after the question text and before the answer options.
- Alternatively, if you used the HTML editor to create the question text, you can click the image icon. This will pop up the Insert Image window. You can choose to upload an image into your files area from this window, or you can add the URL of an image on the web. If you add a file to your files area, click the name of the file after you upload it to insert the link into the URL text entry at the top of the screen. Then click OK.
- Set the 'default question grade' (i.e. the maximum number of marks for this question).
- Set the 'Penalty factor' (see Penalty factor).
- If you wish, add general feedback. This is text that appears to the student after he/she has answered the question.
- Choose whether students can only select one answer or multiple answers
- Choose whether to shuffle the answer options
- Write your first answer in the Choice 1 text field. Inserting HTML into this area also makes it possible to add an image or a sound file.
- Select a grade percentage for the answer. This is the percentage of the total points for the question that selecting this response is worth. You can select negative percentages as well as positive percentages. So, selecting a correct response in a multiple answer question may give you 50% of the possible points, while selecting a wrong answer may take away 10%. Note that in a multiple-answer question, the positive grades must add up to at least 100%.
- Be aware that if you allow multiple answers and have more than a single correct choice, and do not use a negative grade percentage for wrong answers, the students can simply tick all choices and get the full grade.
- If you wish, you can add feedback for each response. It may be a bit more work, but it’s good practice to tell the students why each answer is right or wrong using the feedback area. If students know why an answer is right or wrong, they can analyse their own thinking and begin to understand why an answer is correct. Your feedback will only be displayed if you select Show Feedback in the quiz body options.
- Fill in the rest of the response choices in the rest of the form. Any unused areas will be ignored.
- Fill in the overall feedback fields if you wish.
- Select the "Save Changes" button at the bottom of the screen.
Repeat steps 7, 8 and 9 for each question in your Quiz/Exam
When you have finished, double check the "Maximum grade" field in the top right and click "Save"
Congratulations! You have now created a Quiz in Moodle!
To see the grades once students have done your quiz, you can either:
- click the quiz itself and then the link 'Attempts =' (where the number is the number of attempts) - or -
- click the quiz and then from the block Administration > Quiz administration, expand 'Results' and select the analysis you need.