Set Up a Quiz
Why do this?
With the Quiz activity you can create and deliver online exams. There are quite a
few options available when creating a Quiz. You can set a certain time frame when
the students are able to take the quiz, and a time limit once they click start. You
can create a wide variety of question types such as multiple choice, true/false, matching,
essay, etc). Questions and/or answer options can be shuffled to make cheating more
difficult. You can even create randomized quizzes which randomly pull a certain number
of questions from a Question Bank category (or multiple categories). Most question
types are automatically graded and the score sent to the gradebook, though essay questions
must be manually graded. You can set what results students see and when.
Creating a quiz is done in two parts: 1) create the quiz and set the desired settings
and 2) add the questions, either by creating directly in the quiz or adding from the
Create the Quiz
- Log onto Cougar Courses and go into your course.
- Go to the Topic/Week where you want to add the Quiz.
- Click the "Create Learning Activity" link at the bottom of the page.
- Choose Quiz from the list of Activities.
- Name your quiz. This is what students will see on your course homepage.
- In the Description field, type any special quiz instructions.
Note: Information such as the open and close date, time limit and number of attempts are
automatically displayed to students.
- Open the quiz: Determines when the quiz will initially be available to students. Click the “Enable”
checkbox, then select the dates and times. The time is in hours (military time), then
minutes. If you do not enable an open date then the quiz will be immediately available
- Close the quiz: When the quiz will close. Click the “Enable” checkbox, then select the dates and
times. The time is in hours (military time), then minutes. This is a hard deadline,
once the close time is reached the quiz attempt is over, even if a student stills
has time from their time limit. If you do not enable a close date then the quiz will
- Time limit: This determines how long the student has to complete the quiz once they begin their
attempt. To set a time limit on the quiz attempt, click the “Enable” checkbox, then
set the number of minutes/hours.
- Be sure the “When time expires” field is set to open attempts are submitted automatically. This means as soon as time expires whatever work the student has completed will
be submitted automatically. If this option is not selected, the student must click
the submit button, if they do not it will not be submitted for them and they will
not receive a grade.
- If using categories in your gradebook, select the appropriate grade category for the
- Select the number of attempts the student will be allowed for the quiz. This can range from 1 to unlimited.
- Grading method: if allowing multiple attempts, select the method for calculating the final quiz
- New Page: This determines the number of questions per page. The default is one. Limiting
the number of questions per page to 5 or less has several advantages:
- saves the student’s answers each time they advance to the next page, minimizing potential
data loss in case of technical problems.
- reduces the possibility of cheating in the classroom.
- makes it more difficult for remote users to copy or photograph the questions.
- Navigation method (click Show more to view): Free (default) allows a student to skip ahead and return to previous pages. Sequential requires the student to progress in order.
- Shuffle within questions
- Yes - Randomly shuffles the order of the answers within each question. This can help
- No - Answers are shown in the order written. You will want to choose No if you have
questions that have answers such as "All of the above," "None of the above," "A &
- How Questions Behave – The default is Deferred feedback, which means students must enter an answer to each question and then submit the entire
quiz, before anything is graded or they get any feedback. For other options, see
the Quiz>How Questions Behave document for a thorough explanation of each option.
This section controls what information students will be shown when they review their
quiz, and the timeframe during which the review is available.
IMPORTANT: You must select Points in the final section in order for the score to be displayed
in the gradebook once the quiz closes. If the quiz doesn’t have a close date, this
state is never reached and the score isn’t displayed, so in this instance select Points
in the middle two sections.
Timing of Review
- During the attempt is only available when “How questions behave” field above is set to ‘Immediate feedback’,
‘Immediate feedback with CBM’ or ‘Interactive with multiple tries’. If set to one
of these options then a ‘Check’ button will appear below the answer and the student
can receive immediate feedback after submitting the answer. If using Deferred Feedback,
ignore this section.
- Immediately after the attempt means within 2 minutes after the attempt was submitted.
- Later, while the quiz is still open means after those first 2 minutes, but before the close date (if the quiz does not
have a close date, this phase never ends).
- After the quiz is closed means when the quiz has closed for all students, including any User Overrides. This
section is grayed out if your quiz does not have a close date.
The options of information that can be controlled are:
- The Attempt - Will show the questions and how the student responded to each question. If you
do not select this option, you will not be able to select Whether Correct, Specific Feedback, General Feedback, or Right Answer.
- Whether correct - Displays whether the student’s response to each question is correct or incorrect,
but does not identify the correct answer. Must first select The Attempt in order to
select this option.
- Points -Reveals the points/score awarded to the student for the quiz. If there are essay
questions in the quiz, even if checked, Points will not be visible until the essay
responses have been graded.
- Specific Feedback - Will show the feedback provided for the answer option the student selected for
each question. Must first select The Attempt in order to select this option.
- General Feedback - Displays the general feedback you wrote for each question. You can use the general
feedback to give students some background to what knowledge the question was testing.
Must first select The Attempt in order to select this option.
- Right Answer - Reveals the correct answers. Must first select The Attempt in order to select this
- Overall Feedback - Displays feedback for score for the entire quiz as set in the quiz settings (See
Overall Feedback section below).
Extra Restrictions on Attempts
- Require password: Allows you to choose a password students must enter to access the exam.
- Enforced delay between 1st and 2nd attempts: If you are allowing multiple quiz attempts, enable and use this setting to determine
how long students must wait between the time they submit the first attempt and when
they start the second attempt.
- Enforced delay between later attempts: If you are allowing more than two attempts, use this to set the delay before the
next, and each successive attempt.
- Browser security: Respondus Lock Down Browser is installed in the computer labs, and students can
install it on their personal computers. For more information on how to properly set
up and use LockDown Browser and Monitor, see our help guide Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor (Instructor Guide).
Overall Feedback allows you to give feedback to students based on their overall grade
on the quiz. Set the desired grade boundaries (in percentages) and Feedback for each
of those grades. If you are using Overall Feedback, you must check the box for Overall
Feedback in Review Options.
Common Module Settings
Group Mode does not allow students to take the quiz as a group. Setting Group Mode to either Visible
or Separate Groups simply allows you to sort the results by group enrollment. There
is currently no way to allow students to take a quiz as a group.
For information about Activity Completion, please see our help guide Activity Completion.
Save Quiz Settings
- Click Save and display button to add questions now.
- Click Save and return to course to add questions later.
If the questions you want to add to your quiz are in a Word doc, see our help guide
Import Questions using Respondus.
If the questions you want to add to your quiz are already in the question bank, see
our help guide Add Quiz Questions from the Question Bank.
If you need to create your questions, see our help guide Create and Manage Quiz Questions.