Quiz - add a category to the question bank

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  • A question bank is used to categorise quiz questions
  • Sorting questions into categories is especially important when random questions are used or a topic contains many quizzes 

If you add a category before you add questions to the question bank, all questions created can be added to this category and they will then belong to the topic, rather than the quiz. This approach will make management easier when you are creating new quizzes using questions from previous quizzes. 

Categories can be created within an existing category (ie a sub-category). 


  1. Go to Administration > Question bank > Categories
    In the question block, select categories
  2. Scroll down the screen (categories may already be listed, that you can edit) you will see the option Add category

  3. Choose a Parent category from the pull-down list (defaulted to your topic name) – you are most likely to leave it at your topic name, but you could also add a sub-category within an already created category
    Add Category
  4. Give the category a Name

  5. Add Category info (optional)
  6. In the question block, select categories
  7. Click Add category button 

  8. Go to Administration > Question bank – your category should be listed under the relevant Parent category
    Question categories

  9. Once created, you can also Edit categories (delete, move etc)

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