Using Quizzes and Exams in Your Course

Adding a quiz to your Course will allow you to monitor a Student's understanding of the material. If your Course offers a certificate, quizzes are an essential tool in calculating their final grade. 

Building a quiz requires creating a Quiz Module, adding questions, and adding the Module to your Course.

There are multiple paths you can take in building your quiz. This guide will cover them all.

In this article

Choosing a Static or Dynamic Quiz Type

In a Quiz Module, there are two types of quizzes to choose from: Static or Dynamic. Let's examine each option.

Static

A Static Quiz will consist of the set number of questions you have added to your quiz. You can also choose to display those questions in a specific order, or shuffle them each time a Student takes the quiz.

Dynamic

A Dynamic Quiz will draw its questions from a Question Category. 

Say you have created a Question Category and added 50 questions to it. You can then create a Dynamic Quiz and set the number of questions to be used at 10 questions. The Dynamic Quiz will then randomly choose 10 questions from that list of 50 questions to display for a Student. 

This will make the quiz experience different for each Student, and different each time a Student takes this quiz.

Creating Questions for Your Quiz

There are three ways to add questions to your Quiz:

  • Creating questions directly inside the Quiz Module
  • Creating questions on the Questions page 
  • Bulk importing questions via Excel

Learn more about these options and creating Quiz Categories in our Creating Questions for Your Quiz guide.

Add Existing Questions to Your Quiz

Static

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Once your questions have been created and stored on the Questions page, you can add them individually to any Static Quiz.

2

Search and select your questions from the Search Existing Question field to add them to your Module.

Dynamic

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Questions are added to Dynamic Quizzes only after they are first bundled together in Question Categories.

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Select the category you would like to include in your quiz, and then select the number of random questions you would like pulled from that category and used in your quiz.

Slug

The Slug is the unique URL address where your Quiz Module can be found. The Slug is auto-generated from the Name you give your module, but you do have the option to edit and change it if you wish.

Add Quiz Instructions

The Brief Description area is a place to add any accompanying text you'd like to add context or instructions to your Quiz Module for your Students before they begin. The text will display directly in a pop up box when a Student clicks the Show Instructions button. By default this area is for text only, but custom HTML will allow you to insert images, videos, or anything else you would like to embed.

Shuffle Your Questions

If you enable Shuffle Questions, the questions you have selected for your Module will be displayed in a random order to your Student.

Force Sequential Ordering

If you enable Force Sequential Ordering, you will block your Student from skipping a question and moving on to the next one. All questions must be answered in the order they are displayed to the Student.

Set a Minimum Passing Percentage

You can set a minimum passing percentage for your quiz. This would require your Students to meet or exceed this percentage to complete the quiz and move on to the next Module in the Course.

Warning

A quiz will still be marked Completed when a student does not pass the minimum passing percentage but has exhausted all their retakes, in order to allow the student to finish the course. However, when setting the Grading & Certificates for a Course, we can make sure this student will not receive the certificate for this course because they have failed this quiz.

Allow Retakes

If a Student does not reach the minimum passing percentage of a quiz, the Instructor can offer them a set number of chances to attempt the quiz again.

Show the Correct Answers After the Quiz

When a Student completes their quiz, they will be shown their scorecard. You have three options for how to display the correct answers.

  • Always will show the correct answers at the end of the quiz, whether the Student has passed or failed.
  • Never will not show the correct answers at the end of the quiz.
  • Not Until Retake Allowed will not show the correct answers if a Student failed the quiz and still has the option to retake it. Once all retakes have been exhausted, the correct answers will be displayed. If the Student passes the quiz, the correct answers will be displayed.

Set the Timer

The Instructor has the option of setting a timer for the quiz. 

If a Student has not completed the quiz before the timer runs out, they will be unable to answer any more questions and forced to submit what they have completed up to that point.

Add a Quiz Module to Your Course

When you have finished creating your Quiz Module, you will need to add your Module to your Course. This can be done on the Curriculum page of your Course.

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First, find your Course in the All Courses section of your dashboard.

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Then select Edit your Course from the Actions menu. If you don't already have a Course, you can select Create Course at the top of the page.

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In Step 2, Curriculum, you can add your created Quiz Module by searching for it by name in the existing module field.

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Once added to your Course, you can set the availability of the Module and the minimum time spent inside. 

A Fixed Date availability will restrict your Students from accessing the Module until a set day. 

You can also set the minimum time spent in the Module to match the amount of time it should take a Student to complete your quiz. 

Set Course Grading

Quizzes can be used to calculate the overall grade a Student receives for the Course.

While editing your Course, in the Grading & Certificates section, you have the option to set the grading criteria to an average of all graded Modules of your Course, or an average of specific Modules that you choose. 

You can also set a minimum passing percentage for the entire Course. A Student's average will need to meet or exceed this percentage in order to complete the Course. 

Student Experience of a Quiz Module

A Student's view of a Quiz Module will look like this:

The left column displays the Module name, the timer if you have included one, and a list of the questions contained in the quiz.

On the right side is the Show Instructions button to display the overall quiz instructions the Instructor has provided.

There is also an optional Show Hint button if the Instructor has provided a hint for the question currently being viewed.

When a Student answers all their questions, or the timer runs out, they can select Submit Quiz. The quiz will be instantly graded and the Student will view their scorecard.

A scorecard will include the Total Score, plus the correct answers to each question and an explanation if the Instructor has chosen to include them. 

A passing quiz will say No Retake Allowed, because retaking the quiz is unnecessary.

A failed quiz will include a Retake button if the Instructor has allowed for retakes, and a Student has not used them all yet.