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Using Quizzes

  1. Accessing Question Library
  2. Grading a quiz
  3. Creating quiz questions
  4. Creating quizzes
  5. Creating quiz sections
  6. Editing quizzes
  7. Copying quizzes
  8. Previewing quizzes
  9. Reordering quizzes
  10. Deleting quizzes
  11. Creating quiz categories
  12. Editing a quiz category
  13. Reordering quiz categories
  14. Deleting a quiz category
  15. Creating random sections in quizzes
  16. Creating bonus quiz questions

Accessing Question Library

  1. Click Quizzes (or Surveys) on the navbar.
  2. Click Question Library from the tool navigation.

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Grading a quiz

On the Manage Quizzes page, click Grade from the context menu of the quiz you want to grade. You can grade by Users (individual attempts), Attempts (whole quiz) or by Questions (individual items). Select the grade option you want from the appropriate tab.

Grading by attempt

Modify display options

Click Display Options under the More Actions button and select the appropriate check boxes to modify the following:

  • Org Defined ID: Displays the user's organization ID number beside their name.
  • Quiz Score: Displays the grade beside each user's name.
  • Percent: Displays the percent beside each user's name.
  • Completed: Displays date and time of quiz completion.

Grade a quiz by attempt

The following displays at the beginning of a quiz result:

  • User's name / User's ID
  • When the quiz was written/taken
  • Quizzes event log link (click this to see the details)
  • Time spent
  • Recommended time limit
  • Grade statistics
  1. Click on the attempt you want to grade. The user's entire quiz displays, including question data, the user's answers and the correct answers. If a user's answer is correct it appears with a check mark and if it is incorrect it displays with an X.
  2. Provide overall quiz feedback in the Attempt Feedback field.
  3. Enter individual question feedback in the Feedback field provided for each question.
  4. If you want to override an existing grade, enter a new value in the  Score field for the question. The Final Score field updates automatically.
  5. Select the Graded check box if you are ready to make the score part of the user's overall quiz grade, and allow the user to view the grade.
  6. Click Publish (Update) or Cancel (Retract).

Grading by question

While grading a quiz, click the Questions tab to view quiz responses by question. Before you click on a question, there are two options available to view question responses: Grade Individual Responses and Update All Attempts.

Grade Individual Responses

Grade Individual Responses enables you to grade a quiz one question at a time. This means you can grade and leave feedback for all responses to each question before moving onto the next question. There are two additional options available in this view:

  • Blind Marking: Student information does not appear alongside responses and responses display in a shuffled order. This aids in preventing unintentional bias during marking.
  • View Graded Responses: Previously-graded responses appear as part of the response queue.

Update All Attempts

Update All Attempts enables you to view question statistics, make grading changes, and leave feedback for all responses to the selected question.

Question statistics display a percentage breakdown of how users responded to the question and the date of the most recent response. Other information that displays in the question statistics includes the quiz version, question text and options, and number of responses for each option.

Below the question statistics, there are options to modify the grade for all responses to the current question. Use Grading Type to override grades for all users at once, instead of individually updating each quiz attempt. The following options are available for the Grading Type:

  • Give to all attempts Allows you to award points to all users who received the current question on their quiz by entering the desired point value in the text field.
  • Give to attempts with answer (#) Allows you to award points for a specific response. This is useful if a question was incorrectly set up when the quiz was created. For example, if students who complete the quiz receive a grade value of 0 when they really should receive a grade value of 1, you can use this option to award them the appropriate grade value.

Note Any changes made to the grading of a quiz question record in the Modifications Log. The log documents the date, time, username, and action taken for each change to quiz grading.

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Creating quiz questions

Quiz question types

Question types available to the Quizzes tool are similar to the questions available in the Self Assessments and Surveys tools (except Likert questions). Quizzes can contain the following question types:

  • True or False (T/F)
  • Multiple Choice (M/C)
  • Multi-Select (M-S)
  • Written Response (WR)
  • Short Answer (SA)
  • Multi-Short Answer (MSA)
  • Fill in the Blanks (FIB)
  • Matching (MAT)
  • Ordering (ORD)
  • Arithmetic (2+2)
  • Significant Figures (x10)

See Cobra Learning - Question Types  for information about creating the different types.

See Creating bonus quiz questions for information about creating bonus quiz questions.

Create a quiz question

Tip As a best practice, we recommend that you create all quiz questions within the Question Library. This enables you to reuse questions in various quizzes, surveys, and self assessments.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • On the Manage Quizzes page, click Question Library from the tool navigation. Questions in the Question Library are shared between Self Assessments, Quizzes, and Surveys.
    • While editing or creating a quiz, click Add/Edit Questions in the Properties tab.
  2. In the Question Library or the Add/Edit Questions area of the Quizzes tool, select the question type you want to create from the Add button (quizzes) or New button (question library).

Quiz feedback and hints

All quiz question types allow you to include Feedback and Hints. Feedback enables you to provide added information as a basis for improving content comprehension. Hints are useful for suggesting how to approach a question.

You can provide feedback comments at the end of a question such as what details instructors are looking for in an ideal response. 

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Creating quizzes

Creating a quiz involves a series of steps. After you name a quiz, you can access its tab menus to define its general properties, restrictions, assessment, objectives, submission views, and reports setup.

  1. Create a quiz
  2. Understanding quiz properties
  3. Understanding quiz restrictions
  4. Understanding quiz assessment
  5. Understanding quiz objectives
  6. Understanding quiz submission views
  7. Understanding quiz reports setup

Create a quiz

  1. On the Manage Quizzes page, click New Quiz.
  2. Enter a Name.
  3. (OPTIONAL) Select a Category from the drop-down list if you want to group your quiz with an existing category.
  4. Click Save and Close and/or continue with your quiz creation.

Understanding quiz properties


Category:  Group your quiz under an existing category or create a new category. Categories are useful for organizing quizzes with similar or related content. If you haven't set up categories for your quiz, click add category to create and name a new category. See Creating quiz categories for more information.

Quiz Questions

Click Add/Edit Questions to create quiz questions, sections, and to manage other question properties. See Creating quiz questions for more information.

Once you have added at least one question to your quiz, you can Edit Values to modify points value and difficulty level, and make questions bonus or mandatory.

Click Done Editing Questions to return to the Edit Quiz page. Once you add questions to your quiz, you can enter a value in the Questions per page field to indicate how many questions to display per page. Limiting the amount of questions available at a time is less overwhelming than placing an entire quiz on one page. You can also choose to prevent users from moving backwards through pages once they have left a page of questions. You can also select to shuffle questions at the quiz level.


Change description and introduction visibility by selecting on or off.  NOTE: it is off by default.  Typing in the box does not turn it on, so you'll have to manually select the on option for it to display to users.

Description  Create a description for a quiz that is not yet available to users.

Introduction  Display a message to users at the start of a quiz. This will display at the top of a quiz before the first question.

Page Header/Footer

Add information or instructions to the top or bottom of the quiz page. Change page header and footer visibility by selecting on or off.  NOTE: these are off by default.  Typing in the box does not turn it on, so you'll have to manually select the on option for it to display to users.

Optional Advanced Properties

The following options are available in optional advanced properties:

Allow hints:  Allows users to access hints to questions. 

Disable right click:  (Ctrl-click on a Mac) prohibits users from copying or printing quiz questions by right-clicking on a question when taking a quiz.

Note: You can not disable ctrl-click for Mac users who use  Safari.

Disable instant message and alerts:  Users cannot access the instant message tool or their alerts if they have a quiz attempt in progress.

Notification Email:  The email address or comma-separated list of email addresses specified in this field receive a message each time a user completes a quiz attempt.

Understanding quiz restrictions

Dates and Restrictions

Uncheck "Hide from Users" to allow users to see and take the quiz. You can specify a date range that your quiz becomes available to users as well as a recommended due date. You can also add quizzes associated with a date to display in your course calendar.

Create new, or attach existing, release conditions if you want a quiz to be available to users only after they fulfill other specified tasks. Examples of release conditions include completing a dropbox submission; scoring a specified grade in a particular quiz; completing a survey; and being enrolled in a particular section. You can edit and change release conditions by clicking the Remove icon or Remove All Conditions.

Security Options

The Respondus LockDown Browser is located on the Quizzes link page.

Optional Advanced Restrictions

Password:  To access a quiz, users must enter the same password you input here. 

IP Restriction:  Users can only access a quiz from the IP address you specify here. Leave fields blank to allow multiple IP address access points.


You can specify whether users have a limited or unlimited amount of time to complete the quiz.

  • Recommended Time Limit: Users have unlimited time to complete the quiz. The Quiz Details page will display a recommended length of time for completing the quiz. 
  • Enforce Time Limit: Users have a set amount of time to complete the quiz. The Quiz Details page will display the time limit for the quiz. 
    • Select the Show clock check box if you want users to see a clock while taking the quiz to help them monitor the time.  The clock displays to users taking the quiz so they can monitor how much time remains. 

When enforcing a time limit, you can define specific outcomes for late submissions (exceeded time limit behavior):

  • Grace Period: Provides users with a small window of time after the time limit expires to complete the submission before the submission flags itself as late. NOTE: you must set a grace period of at least 1 minute.
  • Allow the student to continue working:  Late submissions are flagged for instructors, but there are no automatic consequences for users who submit late.
  •  Once the grace period expires, users cannot make further changes to their answers before submitting their quiz. NOTE: this does not submit the quiz nor close it.  It only prohibits answers from being changed or new answers from being saved.
  • Allow the student to continue working, but automatically score the attempt as zero after an extended deadline:  Users can continue working after the grace period, but a grade of 0 is automatically assigned after the period of time specified in the Late Limit drop-down list expires.

Special Access

You can search and assign specific users a different set of quiz availability dates and late submission properties. Special access properties enable you to change the time limit, allow different start and end dates, or override attempts allowed for individual users.

Click Add Users to Special Access to create special access to a quiz. After you finish modifying special access properties and users permissions, click Add Special Access

Types of Access: Allow selected users special access to this quiz gives everyone access to the quiz, but the special access properties apply to the ones listed.   Allow only users with special access to see this quiz  prevents other users from accessing the quiz, granting access ONLY to the special access users.  

Understanding quiz assessment


Automatic Grade: Users can see quiz grade immediately after completion and submission.

Grade Item: When associated with a quiz, you have the option to auto export quiz results to the Grades tool.

Auto Export to Grades: The system can send auto-graded attempt scores directly to the grade book if a quiz is associated with a grade item.

Student View Preview: If you associate the quiz with a grade item, you can click Edit Display Settings from the Student View Preview context menu to manage how grades display to students.

ePortfolio Artifacts: You can allow users to add quiz results to their ePortfolio.

Note: The ability to display an automatic grade is limited by questions that cannot be auto-graded.


You can allow users one or more (unlimited) quiz attempts and calculate a grade based on their highest attempt, lowest attempt, first attempt, last attempt, or average of all attempts.

Understanding quiz objectives

Associate a quiz with a set of learning objectives and a competency that you want users to master.

Understanding quiz submission views

Default view

A default quiz submission view will appear to users after each quiz attempt submission. The default view shows the students their score only.  (See this KB article for a detailed walkthrough of setting up a submission view).

Additional view

You can edit the default view or create and select a customized view.

Create an additional view

  1. Click Add Additional View to create a new submission view.
  2. Enter a Name for your view and a Message that will display to users after each submission.
  3. Set a Date to determine when users will see the submission view. By default, users will see the submission view immediately after a quiz submission.
  4. Select the IP Restriction check box to determine where users are allowed to view their quiz submissions. IP address restrictions reflect the same IP restrictions set in the Restrictions tab's Optional Advanced Restrictions.
  5. Select the Limited Duration check box and enter a time in minutes to indicate how long users can view a quiz submission. NOTE: this cannot be used in conjunction with the date.
  6. You can customize and display questions, responses, answers, scores, and statistics to users in the submission view using the options listed in the View Details section.
  7. Click Save.

Understanding quiz reports setup

Use quiz reports to gather information on user performance. Quiz reports are different from quiz statistics; reports collect and present more types of information than is available through statistics. Choose a report type to display question statistics, question details, users statistics, attempt details, or user attempts. You can also select a release date and choose which roles have permission to view each report.

Create a report

  1. Click Add Report.
  2. Enter a Report Name.
  3. Select Report Type:
    • Question Statistics:  Displays class average, score distribution, includes bonus questions, and the Out Of value for each question.
    • Question Details:  Displays question difficulty levels, text responses, includes bonus questions, and shows all private comments.
    • User Statistics:  Displays class average, score distribution, and Org Defined ID.
    • Attempt Details:  Displays Org Defined ID and duration of quiz attempt.
    • User Attempts:  Displays Org Defined ID.
  4. You can choose to immediately release report after a quiz submission, or enter an alternate date and time.
  5. Select the check boxes next to the roles you want to release the report to in the Release Report to area.
  6. Click Save.

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Creating quiz sections

Create quiz sections to organize your questions into folders. You can do this in the Question Library or while creating a quiz. Both of these areas are identical in functionality: one creates folders within the Question Library, while the other creates folders within a quiz.

You can also import sections from the Question Library directly into a quiz, survey, or self assessment. Importing a section transfers the section folder and any properties associated with the section (section name, messages, images, or feedback). You can still import all of the questions within a section separate from the section itself by creating the section within a quiz and clicking Add/Edit Questions.

Note Although you can create subsections within sections, we recommend you keep question organization simple and intuitive.

Create a section in Quizzes

  1. On the Manage Quizzes page, click on the quiz you want to create a section for.
  2. In the Properties tab, click Add/Edit Questions.
  3. Click Add, then select Section.
  4. Enter a Section Title and select whether to hide the title from users.
  5. (Optional) Enter Section Text. You can choose to hide this section text from users.
  6. (Options) Select whether to shuffle questions in this section: Shuffles the questions ONLY in this section; does not cascade into sub-sections.
  7. Click Save or Save and New or Save and Copy.

Note Managing quiz sections (renaming, reordering, publishing, deleting) is similar to managing quiz questions. 

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Editing quizzes

Edit a quiz

  1. On the Manage Quizzes page, click on the quiz you want to edit.
  2. Make your changes and click Save and Close.

Quick Edit quiz properties

Manage multiple quizzes at the same time. You can edit common properties such as name, category, status, and number of attempts allowed.

  1. On the Manage Quizzes page, select the check box beside each quiz you want to edit.
  2. Click Bulk Edit.
  3. Make your changes and click Save.

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Copying quizzes

A copied quiz contains all of the questions from the original quiz. Copying is a quick and simple way to create a quiz that assesses prior and current understanding of course materials.

Note You can only copy quizzes within the same course.

Copy a quiz

  1. On the Manage Quizzes page, click Copy from the More Actions Button.
  2. Select your quiz from the Quiz to Copy drop-down list.
  3. Enter a New Quiz Name.
  4. Select whether to hide from users upon creation.
  5. Select Edit Quiz after copy completes if you want to go to the Edit page after creating your copy.
  6. Click Save.

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Previewing quizzes

The quiz preview option allows you to test the accuracy of content and grading before you release a quiz. In a preview, you can answer the questions, view allowed hints, submit the quiz, auto-grade answers, read feedback, and view report results.

Preview a quiz

  1. On the Manage Quizzes page, click Preview from the context menu of the quiz you want to preview.
  2. Clear the Bypass Restrictions check box if you want to view the quiz with user restrictions turned on.
  3. Click Start Quiz!.
  4. Preview your quiz. Click Exit Preview to return to Manage Quizzes page.

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Reordering quizzes

Change the order of quizzes in the Quiz List page. Quizzes reorder within their respective categories if more than one category exists.

Reorder quizzes

  1. On the Manage Quizzes page, click Reorder from the More Actions button.
  2. Use the drop-down lists in the Sort Order column to select the order of an item. Other items automatically reposition themselves according to the new order.
  3. Click Save.

Note To reorder categories, see Reordering quiz categories.

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Deleting quizzes

Delete a single quiz

  1. Click Delete from the context menu of the quiz you want to delete.
  2. Click Delete.

Delete multiple quizzes

  1. Select the check boxes for the quizzes you want to delete, then click Delete from the More Actions button.
  2. Click Delete.

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Creating quiz categories

You can organize quizzes into categories to make it easier to find assessments with similar or related content.

Create a category

  1. On the Manage Quizzes page, click Edit Categories.
  2. Click Add Category.
  3. Enter a name into the Name field. "New Category" is the default name.
  4. Click Save and Close.

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Editing a quiz category

  1. On the Manage Quizzes page, click Edit Categories.
  2. You can make changes to category names by editing the Name field.
  3. Click Save and Close.

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Reordering quiz categories

Change the order of categories that display on the Quizzes List page.

Note: Quizzes under "Without Category" will always be at the top of the list.

Reorder categories

  1. On the Manage Quizzes page, click Edit Categories.
  2. Starting with "1", enter the order you want to display the categories in the Sort Order field. You can click Sort Order to sort categories in ascending or descending order.
  3. Click Save and Close.

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Deleting a quiz category

  1. On the Manage Quizzes page, click Edit Categories.
  2. Select the check box beside each category you want to delete.
  3. Click the Delete categories icon.

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Creating random sections in quizzes

Create random sections in quizzes to distribute a unique set of questions to individual users. Random sections pull questions from a designated pool of questions stored in the Question Library. Specify how many questions users receive from the random section question pool after you import questions from the Question Library into the random section folder.

Since you can only access random sections within quizzes, you must create a quiz before you can create its random sections. You can import an infinite number of questions from the Question Library into each random section, but you cannot create new questions within random section folders.

Create a random section in a quiz

  1. On the Manage Quizzes page, click on the quiz you want to add a random section to.
  2. Click Add/Edit Questions in the Properties tab.
  3. Click Add, then select Question Pool.
  4. Enter a Question Pool Title.
  5. Enter the number of questions to select.
  6. Enter the number of points per question.
  7. Click Browse Question Library.
    • Your question library folders will load for you to browse to find the questions to add to the quiz.
    • Expand the folders to see questions and/or select individual questions or the whole folder of questions.
    • Click Import to add the questions to the quiz.
    • You can continue to add questions in this manner using new pool folders.
  8. Click Save to be returned to the quiz settings.

Note Managing random sections (renaming, reordering, deleting) is similar to managing quiz questions except you cannot publish random sections.

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Creating bonus quiz questions

  1. On the Manage Quizzes page, click on the quiz you want to create bonus questions for.
  2. Click Add/Edit Questions in the Properties tab.
  3. Select the check box beside each question you want to turn into bonus questions and click More Actions.
  4. Select Toggle Bonus for each question.
  5. Click Back to Settings when you are finished to be returned to the quiz properties tab.

Note: The bonus value is equal to the points value assigned to the quiz question. 

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Keywordsquiz questions questions question Library   Doc ID48551
OwnerAntoine T.GroupParkland College
Created2015-03-09 13:55:21Updated2024-01-02 16:42:50
SitesParkland College
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