Quiz: Adding Questions to Your Quiz Moodle ISU 2



This feature allows a teacher to create, preview, and edit questions in question categories. The categories can be limited to being used on the site, course or quiz level. The questions in a category can be added to a Quiz or to a lesson activity via an export process.

This guide will help you to understand:

See these guides for additional information about quizzes:


Questions are organized into categories. Initially each course has only one category called Default. It is good practice to create new categories and organize your questions. This not only makes it easier to find questions, but makes the use of random questions and matching questions easier. You can create a hierarchy of categories by creating subcategories inside parent categories.

  1. Locate the Settings block.
  2. Click on the small triangle left of Question bank.

  1. Click on Categories.

In the category page, you can see two sections, Edit categories and Add category.

Edit Category

A list of all your categories will appear. Clicking on the category name will direct you to that category, where you will able to see all the questions in that category.

Adding a category

In the bottom section of Category page, you can add a new category.

  1. Choose the desired Parent category drop-down menu.

Note: if you do not want to add a subcategory, Choose Top as Parent category.

  1. Type a name for that category and information about it.

  1. Click Add category. Now your new category will appear at the top where it says Edit category.

Question Bank

  1. Click on Question bank from Settings block.

  1. This screen shows the questions from the currently selected category. Choose desired category from the Select a category dropdown menu.

  1. You can Choose questions from Subcategories, Old questions and Show question text in the question list by checking the box beside the desired option.

Add a New Question

  1. Click on Question bank from Settings block.
  2. From the Category dropdown menu, Click your desired category. The page will change to show the questions already in that category.

  1.  Click on Create a new question. . .

  1. From the pop up window Select the question type.

  1. Click Next.

  1. Create your question. Please see Quiz: Adding Questions to the Question Bank for information on adding specific question types.
  2. Click Save changes. Now this question is added to your desired category.

Move the Question

  1. Click on the check box of the question you wish to move. The check box is at the left of each question.

Note: you can choose multiple questions at the same time.

  1. At the bottom of the page, Select the category you want to move to from the dropdown menu.

  1. Click the Move to >> button.

Delete the Question

  1. Click on the check box of the question. The check box is at the left of each question.
  2. Click Delete Button.

  1. Or Click on the Delete icon            beside the question.

Preview the Question

  1. Click on the Preview icon beside the question.

Edit the Question

  1. Click on the Edit icon            beside the question.
  2. In new page, Edit your question and Click Save changes. 

Move the Question

  1. Click on the Move icon            beside the question.

Tips and Tricks

  1. Put the answer of the question into the question name. This allows you to quickly see the answer of the question when students have any concerns with the question. This is especially useful if you are dealing with large sets of questions. (There is currently no option for viewing the category or answer to the question in the question list.)
  2. Remember that while some of the same question types can be found in both the Quiz and Lesson modules, they can be very different. Scoring and grading each student's choice is more robust in a Quiz. On the other hand, each answer to a Lesson question also has a jump associated with it.
  3. Use GIFT or other export modes to print questions and answers in a category. Hint: clever use of word processor macros, such as using search and replace, can tidy up a GIFT file for printing.
  4. The questions list is organized alphabetically.  To move the question to the bottom of the list, add “ZZ” to the beginning of the question name.  For example, “ZZ What color is the sky?”  Similarly, adding “AA” in front of a question will move it to the top.
  5. For information on how to properly cut and paste from Microsoft Word, see Cut and Paste from Word.

For more information please visit http://docs.moodle.org/23/en/Question_bank.

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