Quiz - create a quiz

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quiz iconThis entry relates to the Quiz activity.

You have added a category to the question bank and created questions. Now you can create the quiz, then add questions to it.


Add the Quiz activity
  1. In the topic, click Turn editing on 
    Turn editing on
  2. In the week/module where you want to add the quiz, click Add an activity or resource
     Add an activity or resource
  3. Select Quiz and click AddQuiz icon
Name and description
Give the quiz a Name and Description 
name and description

Under Timing, give the quiz Open and Close dates 

Timeline block: The 'Close the quiz' date will show to students in the Timeline block.

Depending on the purpose of your quiz, you may want to change the default settings (see below). You can also click the question mark promptprompt next to some options to find out more about a setting.

You can make the quiz available at different times for different groups or users in the Group overrides or User overrides sections of the Administration > Quiz administration settings block.

  • Before the opening time, the quiz will be unavailable to students – they will be able to view the quiz introduction but not the questions. Quizzes with start times in the future display both the open and close date to students.
  • After the closing time, students will:
    • not be able to start new attempts and any open attempts will be automatically submitted.
    • still be able to see the quiz description and review their attempts. What they see will depend on the settings you choose for Review options (ticked boxes in the 'After the quiz has closed' column).
Time limit

quiz time clockIf enabled, the time limit is stated on the initial quiz page and a countdown timer is displayed in the quiz navigation block (see image to the right). Once the timer runs out, the quiz is submitted automatically. If the quiz close time is reached before the time runs out, the quiz will be automatically submitted (ie student does not get full time). You can make the quiz last a different period of time for different groups or users in the  Group overrides or User overrides  sections of the Administration > Quiz administration settings block.

Grade category

If you have categories in your gradebook (eg for a quiz set), select the category you wish the quiz to be in here.

Attempts allowed 

Unlimited (default), 1-10

Your choice here depends on what and how you are testing (ie the purpose of your quiz):

  • If a diagnostic test, then probably choose 1; if a formative test, then maybe more often as the student is in the learning process.
  • If the quiz is shuffled (see Layout) or has random questions (see quiz - add questions), then the student will get a new version for each attempt, useful for practice purposes.

You can change the allowed number of attempts for different groups or users in the Group overrides or User overrides sections of the Administration > Quiz administration settings block.

Grading method

Highest grade (default), Average grade, First attempt, Last attempt

This setting only applies if more than 1 attempt is allowed. If each question builds on the last, you might set it at Last attempt, as you want to see that students are gaining knowledge/understanding progressively.


  • Question order: Shuffled randomly – if selected, the order of questions in the quiz will be randomly shuffled each time a student starts a new attempt at the quiz. 
  • New page: you may want to group questions on a particular topic together, but not too many on one page as this will require students to scroll.  It is recommended that you do not use the setting 'never, all questions on one page', as student activity within the quiz will be less frequently logged and less information will be captured regarding the attempt.
    Note: You can change how many questions per page in Quiz administration > Edit quiz. You can Repaginate (eg 2 per page instead of 1 per page), or select questions and move them to a particular page.
  • Navigation method: leave as Free (default) unless the quiz is building knowledge (last question relates to next question etc).

Question behaviour
  • Shuffle within questions: if Yes (default), the option must also be enabled in question settings (when you create a new question).
  • How questions behave: Deferred feedback (default) – students answer each question and submit the entire quiz, before anything is graded or they get any feedback.
    CBM stands for 'certainty-based marking' – if you choose this option, students will need to say how sure they are that the answer is right and will be penalised accordingly. More information about CBM (MoodleDocs)
  • Show more… > Each attempt builds on the last: if multiple attempts are allowed and you set this to Yes, then each new attempt contains the results of the previous attempt, so students can concentrate on just those questions they answered incorrectly last time. If you choose this option, each attempt by a particular student uses the same questions in the same order, independent of randomisation settings. To show a fresh quiz on every attempt, select 'No' for this setting.

Review options

Tick the options you would like to choose from the table. Default settings are After the quiz is closed.

review options table

These settings can affect the visibility of the grade column for a quiz. See Quiz - troubleshooting ('I can't unhide the grade column for a quiz'for more information.

  • Decimal places in grades: Default is 2. This option determines how many digits will be shown after the decimal point when the grade is displayed. A setting of 0 for example will display grades as integers (whole numbers). 
    Note: If you use CBM (certainty-based marking) which deducts marks for not being certain, being wrong about being certain etc, then it makes sense to show the decimal places in grades. Likewise for 'Decimal places in question grades'.
  • Show blocks during quiz attempts: Default is No – this is about usability (better display, no distractions).

Extra restrictions on attempts

These settings may be useful if you are using a FLO quiz as a final exam.

  • Require password: if you specify a password then participants must enter the same password before they can attempt on the quiz. 
  • Require network address: you can restrict access for a quiz to particular subnets on the LAN or internet by specifying a comma-separated list of partial or full IP address numbers (eg 192.168. ,, This is especially useful for an invigilated quiz/exam, where you want to be sure that only people in a certain room are able to access the quiz. 
    Note:  the Flinders network is not configured to allow restricting access to a given room.
  • Enforced delay between attempts: You can set a time (from seconds to weeks) between the first and second attempt on a quiz. You can also (or alternatively) set a time from seconds to weeks for subsequent attempts after the second attempt (eg you might allow a student to take the quiz twice immediately with no delay, but if they want to improve their score with a third attempt, they are forced to wait a week and use the time for extra revision).
  • Show more… > Browser security: the options in this section offer various ways to try to restrict how students may try to 'cheat' while attempting a quiz.  

Overall feedback

Overall feedback is feedback shown to a student after they have completed an attempt at the quiz. You can set the grade boundary (eg 100%, 65%, 50%) and apply appropriate feedback according to the range the student falls within (eg if a student gets below 65% they are referred to more information). This is a useful feature in a formative quiz where students are informing themselves/the teacher what they know/understand.

Common module settings

These settings are only relevant if you have groups and groupings set up in your FLO site. 

  • Group mode: you can choose whether the quiz should be organised by group.
    Note: This only affects the results screen, and allows you to filter results based on group enrolment.

Restrict access

None (default), Activity completion, Date, Grade, User profile, Restriction set

For example, you might have a series of quizzes and they need to do one before another – this would be the activity completion option but you would first need to enable completion tracking in the topic settings and quiz activities.

Activity completion

Apply these settings if you have enabled completion tracking for the topic and this activity.

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