Moodle Quiz

Quiz example


The Quiz activity module allows the teacher to design and build quizzes consisting of a large variety of question types, including multiple choice, true-false, and short answer questions. These questions are kept in the Question bank and can be re-used in different quizzes. The Quiz activity is very popular across all faculties in UNSW in the adoption of digital assessments as it provides a fully integrated and therefore highly efficient means of assessing students. Instructors can access the activity directly via their course page and can finish building a quiz themselves within minutes. Maintenance of the quiz is also just as simple, and instructors have the flexibility to deploy a quiz for students to complete in their own time, or in-class under exam settings using additional platforms like the Safe Exam Browser.


  • Quizzes can be configured to allow multiple attempts. Each attempt at a question is automatically marked, and the teacher can choose whether to give feedback and/or show the correct answers.
  • Feedback about performance and self-assessment are important parts of a learning environment. There are several ways to give feedback to students: on each question or overall. The quiz module can display feedback and scores at different times during the quiz, using the review options in the Quiz settings.
  • A wide variety of Quiz reports (in addition to Grades) are available for use by the teacher. Quiz reports not only can focus on a single student's attempt to answer each question, but also can perform a robust item analysis of a question's validity based upon aggregated student responses.
  • A single quiz can automatically select random and/or specific questions from different categories of questions.
  • There are different options for scoring (marks-grades) individual questions in a specific quiz, grading attempts for a quiz and each question type.
  • The quiz settings allow different display methods. They can randomise the questions for each student and or randomise the answers for each student.
  • The teacher can determine the number of questions on each page of questions the student sees. The teacher can change the position of any question in the quiz. It is possible to put a label with information any place between questions.
  • The teacher can choose how questions behave during the quiz. It can be like a classic test, where the student gets no feedback while attempting the test, only later. Alternatively, Moodle can reveal the grades and/or feedback to the student during the quiz, and perhaps even give them another chance to answer the question (for fewer marks) having read the feedback.

Getting started

Anyone at UNSW with editing rights to a course in Moodle can jump in and start creating quizzes.

To create a quiz, first create the quiz shell, then add questions to the shell, either creating them as you go or using existing questions in the course question bank. On the Moodle course home page, in the relevant section, click Add an activity, select Quiz from the list and click Add.

As to be expected, there are lots of resources already available to help you get started:

This Toolkit also has a number of exemplars using Moodle Quiz in innovative ways including as traditional paper exam replacements. Expand the section below to see more.


Quizzes using STACK for Physics

Associate Professor Elizabeth Angstmann

Online tests or quizzes had been used in Liz’s courses for several years allowing for constant refinement. She now runs a mixture of in-class and take-home tests in order to assess over a thousand students in first-year Physics. The quizzes utilise STACK within the Moodle Quiz activity.

Safe Exam Browser for in-lab Open Book Assessments

Dr Nirmani Wijenayake

Dr Nirmani Wijeyanake used the Safe Exam Browser (SEB) for delivering two open book digital assessments (worth 25% each) in Fundamentals of Biochemistry (BIOC2181), in July and August 2019, catering for 240 students. The beauty of this system is that you can set up the SEB to only give access to specific sites you want the student to interact with during the exam. As this was an open book exam, with SEB, students were able to attempt the Moodle quiz while accessing their notes through LabArchives, an electronic lab notebook for their lecture notes.

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