Quiz activity

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Note: You are currently viewing documentation for Moodle 3.1. Up-to-date documentation for the latest stable version of Moodle is probably available here: Quiz activity.


The Quiz activity module allows the teacher to design and set 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 multiple quizzes. Quizzes can be configured to allow multiple attempts. Each attempt is automatically marked, and the teacher can choose whether to give feedback and/or show the correct answers.


In general, quizzes help determine what students have learned. A well-designed test can give critical information about a student's understanding of the material.

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.

A wide variety of Quiz reports (in addition to Grades) are available. Quiz reports not only can focus on a single student's attempt to answer each question, but also can perform a robust analysis of a question's validity based upon aggregated student responses.

Moodle’s quiz module has a large number of options and tools. For example, quizzes with different question types can be randomly generated from categories of questions. Students can be allowed repeated attempts at a question; they can also be allowed to retake a quiz multiple times.

There are different scoring options available for each type of quiz and each question type.

Further, different presentation methods can even make the same quiz appear different each time. This can be done by customizing the printed format (by manually setting the page breaks) or by setting the number of questions per page. Questions can be shuffled in regards to presentation order, as well.

When the computer does the work for you, it’s easy to give students a chance to practice taking a test, or to give frequent small quizzes. You can explore how to apply these advantages on theEffective quiz practices page.

Quiz module index page

The quiz module index page lists all the quiz activities in the course, organized under four headings:

  1. Topic - the number of the block, in which the given quiz appears
  2. Name - the name of the quiz
  3. Quiz closes - the date after which the quiz will be closed
  4. Attempts - if there have been any attempts at the quiz, you will see the text 'View reports for x attempts (y Students)', 'x' being the number of attempts and 'y' the number of students attempting at the quiz. Otherwise, the field will be empty.

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