Quiz Step 2: Creating Quizzes in Moodle ISU Moodle ISU


The quiz activity allows you to create tests and adaptive learning assessments. Moodle ISU can automatically grade many of the question types and place the overall score in the Gradebook.

When creating a Quiz, the first step in the recommended process is to add your questions in the Question Bank. This handout describes Step 2 in the recommended quiz creation process. See the additional handouts for information on all three steps in the recommend quiz creation process.

Additional handouts:

Create a Quiz

  1. Turn editing on. For more information, see Moodle ISU Overview
  2. In the week/topic you would like to add the quiz, Click Add an activity or resource.

  1. Select Quiz.
  2. Click Add.


  1. In the Name field, Type the name of the quiz.
  1. This will show to the students on the front page. You should name the quiz to match your syllabus (e.g., Exam 1, Test on Chapter 4, Weekly Quiz 7, etc,.).
  1. In the Description field, Type any instructions or reminders for your students. They will see these instructions before they begin the quiz activity.
  2. Check the box if you want the description to display on the course page.

Note: The open/close times and the time limit will automatically be displayed in addition to the instructions.


  1. Open the quiz - this option determines the time that the quiz will be available to students.
  1. Open the dropdown menus for each piece of the section and Select the date, month, year, and time that you would like the quiz to open.

Note: If you do not enable Open the quiz, the quiz will be open until the close date and time

  1. Close the quiz - this option determines the end of the window students have to take the quiz.
  1. Open the dropdown menus for each piece of the section and Select the date, month, year and time that you would like the quiz to close.
  1. Time limit - this option is used to restrict the time a student can work on a quiz. If enabled, a floating timer window will be shown with a countdown. After the time limit is up, the quiz will automatically close.
  1. Check Enable for Time limit. Then, type in the number of minutes/hours you would like the students to have available to take the quiz.
  1. When time expires - this setting controls what happens when a student is still taking a quiz and either the time limit or the close time expires.
  1. Open attempts are submitted automatically.
  1. This is the option most often recommended by ITRC.
  1. There is a grace period when open attempts can be submitted, but no more questions answered.
  1. If you select this option then you can check the box to enable Submission grace period. There, you can specify the period of time during which students can still submit the quiz after time is up
  1. Attempts must be submitted before time expires, or they are not counted.
  1. This is not recommended.


  1. Grade category - this setting controls the category in which the quiz grades are placed in the Gradebook.

Note: You must first create a category in the Gradebook for it to show up in the list. For more information, see Gradebook: Using the Gradebook

  1. Grade to pass - you can set in a minimum grade that the students will have to reach to pass the quiz.
  2. Attempts allowed - allows students to make one or more attempts on the quiz based upon how many attempts you specify.
  3. Grading method - when multiple attempts are allowed, the following methods are available for calculating the final quiz grade:
  1. Highest grade of all attempts
  2. Average grade of all attempts
  3. First attempt (all other attempts are ignored)
  4. Last attempt (all other attempts are ignored)

Note: If one attempt is selected from Attempts allowed, Grading method will not be accessible.


  1. New page - when adding questions to the quiz, page breaks will automatically be inserted according to this setting. However, page breaks can also be added or moved manually on the edit quiz page.
  1. If Every question is selected, each page will have only one question.

Note: The quiz will save the students’ work when they move between pages. Because of this, we recommend that the number of questions per page be limited. We strongly encourage the option of "every question" so each page has only one question, and will automatically be saved when the student moves to the next question.

  1. Navigation method - allows you to decide how students can move through the quiz.
  1. Free - students can skip questions and return to previous pages.
  2. Sequential - students will have to go through every question, in order, without skipping any or returning to a previous question.

Question Behavior

This section deals with the options for question behavior. This includes ways to randomize questions and answers. And the difference between the feedback options you have for each question.

  1. Shuffle within questions
  1. Yes - shuffles the answers within a question so the correct answer will be in a different answer position for each student.
  2. No - keeps all the answers in the same order you enter them when you create the question.

Note: If you have any answers with an “All of the above” or “Both A and D,” you will need to either Change the wording of the answer options or Select No for this option.

  1. How questions behave - gives options for how the students can interact with the quiz.
  1. Adaptive mode - allows the students to have multiple attempts per question.
  1. Feedback or hints can be provided to guide students to the correct answer.
  2. The penalty list for each question will apply for any answers after the first attempt.
  1. Adaptive mode (no penalties) - does not apply the penalties.
  2. Deferred feedback - students have to complete the quiz before any score or feedback is displayed.
  3. Deferred feedback with CBM - allows the students to indicate how certain they are they they have the correct answer.
  1. Certainty-Based Marking (CBM) adjusts the grading based on the students’ certainty.
  1. Immediate feedback - allows the students to view feedback immediately after each question.
  1. Students do not have the option to change any previous answers.
  1. Immediate feedback with CBM - allows the students to indicate how certain they are that they have the correct answer.
  1. Certainty-Based Marking (CBM) adjusts the grading based on the students’ certainty.
  1. Interactive with multiple tries - allows students to see any feedback immediately after each question.
  1. Students will have to Click Try again in order to change their answer.

Note: All feedback viewing options are determined in the Review options.

  1. Allow redo within the attempt -  allows the students to attempt another version of the same question
  1. Each attempt builds on the last - if multiple attempts are allowed, Select:
  1. Yes - contains the results of the previous attempt in each new attempt.
  2. No - the students begin with a brand new quiz with each new attempt.

Review Options

This section deals with reviewing the quiz. There are several time frames, which determine when the students can review their quiz attempt. For each time frame, you can select what you want the students to be able to review.

  1. The time frame options:
  1. During the attempt - when using Adaptive mode, Interactive mode or Immediate feedback, you’ll be working with this column.
  2. Immediately after the attempt - students will be able to see feedback, scores and comments within two minutes after the attempt.

Note: Students will need to Click on Show all to view their attempt and should not navigate away or they will be unable to return to view it.

  1. Later, while the quiz is still open - students will be able to review the quiz from two minutes after the attempt is finished to the quiz close date.
  2. After the quiz is closed - students will be able to review the quiz after the close date has passed.
  1. The review options will remain visible to students for the rest of the term.
  2. If the quiz does not have a close date, this state is never reached.
  1. The options within each time frame:
  1. The attempt - if selected, students can see the questions and their specific answers.
  2. Whether correct - if selected, students will see if their answers were correct, partially correct or incorrect.
  3. Points - if selected, students can see points for the questions and their overall score.
  4. Specific feedback - if selected, students will see the feedback added for each answer when the question was created.
  5. General feedback - if selected, students will see the feedback added to a question when the question was created.
  1. General feedback can be used to give students a fully worked answer or even a link to more information to help the students understand.
  1. Right answer - if selected, students will see which answers were correct.
  2. Overall feedback - if selected, students will see the feedback added to the quiz in the overall feedback section based on their overall score.

Note: Some review options will be unavailable/grayed out based on what options you have selected in Layout, Question behavior, and Grade.

For more information, contact the ITRC - (208) 282-5880 or email itrc@isu.edu


  1. Show the user’s picture - if enabled, the students’ names and pictures will be shown onscreen during their attempts and on the review screen.
  1. This allows moderators in a face-to-face proctored setting to verify that each student is taking the quiz under their own names.
  1. Decimal places in grades - specifies the number of digits shown after the decimal point when displaying grades. It only affects the display of grades, not the grades stored in the database, nor the internal calculations, which are carried out to full accuracy.
  2. Decimal places in question grades -  this setting specifies the number of digits shown after the decimal point when displaying the grades for individual questions.
  3. Show blocks during quiz attempts - if set to Yes, normal side blocks will be shown during the quiz attempts.

Extra Restrictions on Attempts

  1. Require password - if a password is specified, students must enter it in order to attempt the quiz.
  2. Require network address - access to quizzes can be restricted to particular subnets by specifying a comma-separated list of partial or full IP address numbers. This setting is useful for proctored quizzes because it ensures the participants are in a certain location before accessing the quiz.

Note: Before using this setting, contact the ITRC - (208) 282-5880 or email itrc@isu.edu

  1. Enforced delay between 1st and 2nd attempts - students must wait for the specified time to pass before being able to attempt the quiz a second time.
  2. Enforced delay between later attempts - students must wait for the specified time to pass before attempting the quiz a third time and any subsequent times thereafter.
  3. Browser security - to be used if Full screen pop up with some JavaScript security is selected.
  1. The quiz will start only if students have a JavaScript-enabled web browser.
  2. The quiz appears in a full screen pop up window that covers all other windows and does not have navigation controls.
  3. Students are prevented from using facilities such as copy and paste.
  4. This option is not advised by the ITRC.

Overall Feedback

If you have checked any of the Overall feedback boxes in Review options, you will want to enter the feedback below.

  1. In the Feedback text box, Type your feedback.
  2. In the Grade boundary text box, Type the lower grade boundary (e.g. 90%).
  3. Repeat until you have feedback for the grade boundaries from 0 to 100%.

Common module settings

  1. Choose whether to Show or Hide the Page (default is Show)
  2. Enter an ID number only if you want a way of identifying the activity for grade calculation purposes. If the activity is not included in any grade calculation then the ID number field may be left blank.

For more information, see Groups and Groupings

Restrict access

For more information, see Restrict Access

Activity completion

For more information, see Activity Completion

To save:

  1. Click Save and return to course to return to the course homepage.
  2. Click Save and display to be taken to the activity.
  3. Click Cancel to delete the activity.

For more information, see Quiz Settings

For additional information, contact the ITRC - (208) 282-5880 or email itrc@isu.edu

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