Quiz Step 3: Adding Questions to a Quiz in Moodle ISU Moodle ISU



Before adding questions to your quiz, you should have created questions in your course Question Bank and added a Quiz activity to your course.

If you have not yet done these two steps, see:

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This guide will help you to:

See these guides for additional information about quizzes.

Adding Questions to a Quiz

Even though questions have been added and organized in the question bank, they still need to be added to the quiz in order for the quiz to function as expected.  

To add questions to a quiz

  1. Select the quiz you wish to edit.


  1. In the Administration block select Edit quiz


Note: This will take you to the Editing quiz tab.

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  1. Select the category you would like to pull the questions from in the Question Bank Contents box on the right side of the screen.


Note: If you cannot see your Question Bank Contents on the right side of your screen, Click Show.

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Add Specific Questions

  1. Select the questions you would like to add to the Quiz by checking the boxes to the left of the questions.
  1. To view more questions, Click Next below the list of questions.
  2. To view all of the questions at once, Click Show all below the list of questions.
  3. To select all questions, Check the top most box next to the letter T.

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  1. Click Add to quiz.
  1. You will notice that there are two Add to quiz buttons. Do not click the bottom most button as it will not pull the selected questions over.

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Note: There is not a Save button. Once yours questions are added to the quiz, the quiz will save automatically.

Adding Random Questions

  1. Select the Quiz you wish to edit.


  1. In the Administration block select Quiz administration
  2. Select Edit quiz.


Note: If you cannot see your Question Bank Contents on the right side of your screen, click Show.


  1. Select the category you would like to pull the questions from at the top of your Question Bank Contents box.


  1. Select the number of questions to be added randomly in the Add random questions from category at the bottom of the Question Bank Contents box.
  1. You cannot add more random questions than the number of questions in the category.
  2. The questions will not be duplicated in the quiz.
  1. Click  Add to quiz.

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Note: There is not a Save button. Once the questions are added to the quiz, the quiz will save automatically.

Setting Question Points and Maximum Grade

The maximum grade a quiz receives is to be determined by how you have the quiz set up. For example: A quiz with 20 questions could have a maximum grade of 20 points. This makes each correct answer worth 1 point.

Setting Question Points and Maximum Grade:

  1. Select the quiz you wish to change.
  2. Click Edit quiz in the Administration block.

Note: By default, each question is worth one “mark” or weight. If all of your questions are worth the same amount of points, continue to step four.

  1. Type the number you would like to have the question be worth in the Points field.

Note: Be sure to Click Save after every change made to the Points fields for every question.


  1. Review the Total of marks and the Questions fields. Make sure these are correct for your quiz.


  1. Type the value for the Maximum grade in the Maximum Grade field.
  2. Click Save.


Note: If you have 10 points, and a Maximum grade of 100, this would make every mark equal 10 points. Therefore, a question that has 1 mark assigned to it would be worth 10 points, and 2 marks would be worth 20. If you change the maximum grade from the default 100, that will automatically change the value of the marks to fit the maximum grade. If you have questions, contact the ITRC.

Re-Ordering Questions

In the center of your screen, you will see the questions that have been added to the quiz.

  1. Click the up arrow to move the question up one position, and the down arrow to move the question down one position.

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Note: There is not a Save button. Once you move the questions, the quiz will be automatically saved.

Move Questions to a New Page

It is recommended that quiz questions be split into separate pages. If all questions are on one page and the student experiences an issue with the browser or internet connectivity, their quiz will not be saved. A quiz auto-saves when a student navigates to a new page.

  1. Select the Order and paging tab at the top of the page.


  1. Check the questions you would like to move to another page.

Note: You have the ability to select  multiple questions (or all)  if need be.


  1. In the Move selected question to page field, Type the number of the page where the question should go.
  2. Click Move.

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Hot Tip: If you enter a number to a page that is not already created, Moodle will create the page for you.

Note: Moodle will save the new order and pages automatically. There is not a Save button that needs to be pressed.

Adding a Page

Instructors can add a page within a quiz. This sets up breaks between questions. An instructor can add pages either by repaginating or by manually adding the pages between the questions.

  1. Repaginate
  1. A user can automatically add pages to a quiz by selecting repaginate.


  1. Add new pages by selecting the number of questions per page.


Preview a Quiz

Previewing a quiz allows an instructor to view a quiz in the eyes of a student. This allows instructors to check for errors.

  1. Select a quiz within your Moodle Course.


  1. Click Preview quiz now.

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Note: You can also access a preview by Clicking Preview in the Administration block.

  1. Click Start attempt.


An instructor can also preview a quiz through the Administration Block.

Click on a quiz in the moodle course, scroll down to the Administration Block and click on Preview.

Note: If you are using a password for your quiz, you will need to enter the password to preview the quiz.

Note: You will see the quiz almost exactly the way a student will see the quiz. Students do not see the Edit question button, nor do they have all the options in the Administration block.

  1. Go through the quiz and verify that it is set up the way you want it.
  1. If you need to correct a question, Click Edit question next to the question.
  2. To make any changes to the order, pagination or to remove/add questions, in the Administration block, Select Edit quiz.
  1. Click Finish quiz to see the review options that would be available to the students when you are done previewing the quiz you can click.

Note: In preview mode, an instructor will only see options that students are able to view. For more information, such as correct answers, you will need to change the Review options. You can change the Review options by clicking

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