Adding a quiz activity is comprised of two parts, creating the quiz and the Question bank.

Adding a Quiz

To add a quiz activity, turn editing on and click the "+Add an activity or resource" link in any section of your course. You will see the following:

Activity Chooser

Select the 'Quiz' option.

You will then see the following page:

Quiz 2

The Name entry box is where you name your quiz. This title will appear in your course as a link to the quiz and at the top of the quiz when students take it.

The Description is where you may put instructions for the quiz. The information you enter will appear at the top of your quiz. Note the presence of the HTML editor. It allows you to add styled text, graphics, and other options. If you just want to create a basic quiz with default options, now click the 'Save and display' button.

For advanced options, you can expand branches.

The Timing section allows you to set an open and close date on the quiz. You can also set a Time Limit for the quiz.


The Grade section allows you to select a category from your grade book. Also, you can change the type of grading method.


The Layout section has some items you'll wish to consider. Here, you can set multiple questions per page. By using the default settings, each quiz question will appear on a single page.


The Question behavior section offers options on shuffling questions and different options on how students interact with quiz questions.


Shuffle within questions - Possible answers where available (multiple choice, matching, etc.) are shuffled, meaning that if two students are taking the test at the same time, the answer order they see will be different.

The Adaptive mode may be employed to assess a user defined penalty for multiple attempts before getting a question correct.

The Review options settings control whether and when students will be able to review their past attempts at this quiz.


The Appearance section has some items you'll wish to consider.


The Extra restrictions on attempts section allows you to enforce delays between student quiz attempts. You can also enable web browser security features to restrict copy & paste functions as well as navigation functions.


Overall feedback is where you may enter text to be shown to students after they have completed an attempt at the quiz based on their score. You can add more fields for overall feedback if necessary.


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.

Feedback for individual questions is created elsewhere.

The Common module settings section allows for the "Group mode" to be employed. If you wish to use your course for multiple classes and want each to see separate items, you will want to set this to 'Separate groups'.


Click the 'Save and display' button to complete the initial settings for a quiz:


You will now see the following page:


Click the 'Edit quiz' button and you will see the following page:


Adding a Question

Click the Add drop-down button and you will see these options:


Select "a new question". You will see the following:


Select Multiple Choice and click the 'Add' button. Once you click 'Add' you will now see the page that creates the new question.



The Category will be set to your course category. You may select another category if needed.

The Question name identifies the question for you in the Question bank. It does not appear in your quiz.

The Question text is where you enter your question. You can use the HTML Editor to add images or styled text.

The Default mark sets the maximum number of grades for this question.

You may wish to enter some General feedback for the question. Students will see the feedback after submitting their answer to the question. You can control when general feedback is shown to students using the "Review options" check-boxes on the quiz editing form.

The One or multiple answers? options allow students to select multiple answers for the question.

If you check the Shuffle the choices? setting then the order of the answers is randomly shuffled each time a student starts an attempt at a quiz containing this question - provided that "Shuffle within questions" in the Quiz settings is set to "Yes".

Now you will be able to set your possible answers for the question.


Create your choices by entering an Answer. Choice blanks without an answer do not display in the question.

Be sure to set the Grade (normally 100%) for the correct answer(s).

Using the Feedback section you may add comments for the student to see if they select this answer.

Scroll down and add incorrect answers.

Scroll down and enter more incorrect answers. If you need more than the default five choices, click the button labeled 'Blanks for Three More Choices'.

In the Multiple tries section, you will find options for penalties. This section also has options to add hints.

The Penalty factor is only applied if you have enabled 'Adaptive mode' in your quiz. If the penalty factor is more than 0, then the student will lose that proportion of the maximum grade upon each successive attempt. For example, if the default question grade is 10, and the penalty factor is 0.2, then each successive attempt after the first one will incur a penalty of 0.2 x 10 = 2 points.If you allow your quiz to have multiple attempts, you can set the penalty for each incorrect attempt:


Now click "Save changes" and your question will be saved into your Quiz.


Now, you will return to the Quiz page and you will see your Multiple Choice question listed:


If you would like to see your question in a preview window, click the magnifying glass icon.


Now you may add more questions to your quiz. The following types are available:

  • Calculated - Calculated questions offer a way to create individual numerical questions by the use of wildcards (i.e {x} , {y}) that are substituted with random values when the quiz is taken.
  • Calculated Multichoice - Calculated multichoice questions are like multichoice questions with the additional property that the elements to select can include formula results from numeric values that are selected randomly from a set when the quiz is taken.
  • Calculated Simple - The simple calculated questions offers the most used features of the calculated question with a much simpler creation interface.
  • Description - This is not really a question type. It simply prints some text (and possibly graphics) without requiring an answer. This can be used to provide information to be used by a following group of questions, for example.
  • Essay - The essay question type is intended for short answers of a paragraph or two, that one often finds on exams. For longer essays, Online text assignment or Upload a single file assignment are better choices.
  • Matching - Matching questions have a content area and a list of names or statements which must be correctly matched against another list of names or statements.
  • Embedded Answers (Cloze) - These 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. Cloze questions are easily created using the Hot Potatoes software.
  • Multiple Choice - You can create single-answer and multiple-answer questions, include pictures, sound or other media in the question and/or answer options (by inserting HTML) and weight individual answers.
  • Short Answer - In a short answer question, the student types in a word or phrase in response to a question (that may include a image). Answers may or may not be case sensitive. The answer could be a word or a phrase, but it must match one of your acceptable answers exactly. It's a good idea to keep the required answer as short as possible to avoid missing a correct answer that's phrased differently.
  • 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.
  • Random Short-Answer Matching - From the student perspective, this looks just like a Matching question. The difference is that the sub-questions are drawn randomly from the Short Answer questions in the current question category.
  • True/False - A student is given only two choices for an answer in this kind of question: True or False.

That covers the basics of starting a quiz and adding a question. Remember, you can create a test student account using the PRISM Student Administration Panel and log in with your test student account. Take your quiz, then log back in as your teacher account. Now you are able to see the test student's quiz submission and grade it. Keep in mind that once a student makes an attempt on a quiz, you can no longer add or edit any questions within that quiz.

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Last modified: Thursday, 5 November 2020, 9:33 AM