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Add or Edit Questions in a Moodle Quiz

This article explains how to add questions to a Moodle Quiz that has already been added to your course.  To learn how to create a Quiz activity see Add and Configure a Quiz Activity in Moodle.

Note: You will not be able to add Quiz questions once the Quiz activity has been atempted.

Add a New Question to a Quiz

  1. On your course page, click the Quiz name. The Quiz summary page will open.
  2. On the Quiz summary page, select the Actions menu (Screenshot of icon for Action menu), a drop-down list will open. From this list select Edit quiz. The Editing quiz page will open. If the Quiz already contains questions, they will be listed here.
    Screenshot showing link to click to edit an existing quiz. (click to enlarge)
  3. Click Add (at far right, top or bottom) and from the drop-down menu, select + a new question. The Choose a question type to add pop-up opens.
  4. In the Choose a question type to add pop-up, select a question type and click Add. The Adding a question page will open.
    Note: A description of each question type is available in the right column of the Adding a question window. The description appears automatically once you choose the question type. For additional information on question types see Quiz Question Types in Moodle.
  5. On the Adding a [question type] question page, if you plan to organize questions in categories, select a category from the drop-down list for Category (by default, questions are added to the Default for Course category).
  6. Enter a Question name (students do not see it) and Question text (students do see this), and set a value for the Default points (maximum points available).
  7. Configure the question according to the question type.
  8. Click Save changes. You will be returned to the Editing quiz page and the new question will be listed.
  9. To preview the question click the Preview icon (Screenshot of Preview icon). The question will open in a pop-up window.

Add Questions to a Quiz from the Question Bank

  1. On your course page, click the Quiz name. The Quiz summary page will open.
  2. On the Quiz summary page, select the Actions menu (Screenshot of icon for Action menu), a drop-down list will open. From the Action menu drop-down list select Edit quiz. The Editing quiz page will open. If the Quiz already contains questions, they will be listed here.
    Screenshot showing link to click to edit an existing quiz. (click to enlarge)
  3. On the Editing quiz page, click Add (at far right) and from the drop-down menu select + from question bank. The Add from the question bank... pop-up will open.
  4. In the Add from the question bank... pop-up, from the Select a category drop-down menu, select the category from which to add questions to the Quiz. The list of questions within that category will appear.
    Screenshor of a question bank (click to enlarge)
  5. You can add questions to the quiz in any of the following ways:
    • To add a single question to the Quiz, click the Add icon (+) located before the question name. You will be returned to the Editing quiz page and the question you added will be listed.
    • To add multiple questions, select the checkboxes (left of the question), then click Add selected questions to quiz (at bottom). You will be returned to the Editing quiz page and the questions you added will be listed.
  6. To preview a question click the Preview icon (Screenshot of Preview icon). The question will open in a pop-up window.

Add Random Questions to a Quiz from the Question Bank

Note: To successfully add random questions to a quiz you must have enough unused questions in your question bank to avoid reusing questions already added to the quiz. A question can only appear once in any quiz, so the more questions in the category you are drawing from, it is more likely for students to receive different questions on each attempt. When a quiz with random questions is retaken, the random questions will be different from the ones in previous attempts.

  1. On your course page, click the Quiz name. The Quiz summary page will open.
  2. On the Quiz summary page, select the Actions menu (Screenshot of icon for Action menu), a drop-down list will open. From the Action menu drop-down list select Edit quiz. The Editing quiz page will open. If the Quiz already contains questions, they'll be listed here.
    Screenshot showing link to click to edit an existing quiz. (click to enlarge)
  3. Click Add (at far right), and from the drop-down menu select + a random question. The Add a random question window will open.
  4. In the Add a random question window, under Existing category, use the Category drop-down menu to select the category from which to draw questions.
  5. From the Number of random questions drop-down menu, select the number of questions the quiz should pull from this category. For example, if the category has ten questions and you select "5", each quiz attempt will take a random five questions from the ten questions in this category.
  6. Click Add random question. The Editing quiz page will open listing the question(s) as Random (category name).
  7. On the Editing quiz page, each time you click the Preview icon (Screenshot of Preview icon) for the question, you should see a different question.

Important: To ensure you have enough unused questions in the Question category to successfully randomize questions, you should preview the entire quiz. You can do this from the Actions menu on the Quiz summary page: From the Actions menu list, click Preview.
Screenshot showing link to click preview.(click to enlarge) 

Add or Remove Page Breaks

By default a Moodle Quiz activity creates a new page for each question. To change this default for your quiz see the New Page options under the Layout heading of the Configure Quiz Options page. You can also add page breaks or combine pages after you've added questions to your quiz:

  1. On your course page, click the Quiz name. The Quiz summary page will open.
  2. On the Quiz summary page, select the Actions menu (Screenshot of icon for Action menu), a drop-down list will open. From the Action menu drop-down list select Edit quiz. The Editing quiz page will open.
  3. On the Editing quiz page:
    • To combine adjacent questions on a quiz page, click the Remove page break icon (remove page break). The questions will appear on the same page in the quiz.
    • To add a page break between two questions, on the Editing quiz page, click the Add page break icon () . A new page will be added below that question.
    • To repaginate the entire quiz and set the number of questions per page, click Repaginate (at top).
  4. No saving is necessary.

Add Section Headings to Quiz Pages

Section headings display within the Quiz navigation block when students are taking a quiz.
Note: Section headings may only be added to the top of new pages within a quiz (see Add or Remove Page Breaks, above). You will not be able to add/edit headings once the Quiz has been attempted.

  1. Screenshot of quiz navigation blockOn your course page, click the Quiz name. The Quiz summary page will open.
  2. On the Quiz summary page, select the Actions menu (Screenshot of icon for Action menu), a drop-down list will open. From the Action menu drop-down list select Edit quiz. The Editing quiz page will open.
  3. On the Editing quiz page:
    • To add a Section heading to the top of the first page, click the Edit Heading (Screenshot of edit heading icon) icon (at top left of the question list), enter your heading text, then press enter/return on your keyboard.
    • To add a Section heading to a page, click Add (at right), and from the drop-down, select + a new section heading. The page will refresh and a new section heading will appear.
      Note:  You will not see the option to add a section heading above the first question.
    • To edit the Section heading text, click the Edit Heading (Screenshot of edit heading icon) icon, then press Enter/Return on your keyboard.
  4. No saving is necessary.

Shuffle Questions for Each Attempt

Moodle allows you to randomize the order of questions within a quiz page:

  1. On your course page, click the Quiz name. The Quiz summary page will open.
  2. On the Quiz summary page, select the Actions menu (Screenshot of icon for Action menu), a drop-down list will open. From the Action menu drop-down list select Edit quiz. The Editing quiz page will open.
  3. On the Editing quiz page, for the section you wish to shuffle, select the Shuffle checkbox in the right column.
    • If all questions are on one page, the Shuffle checkbox at the top of the question list will shuffle all questions.
    • If your quiz has multiple pages, a Shuffle checkbox appears for each page. Select the Shuffle checkbox to shuffle questions on that page.
  4. No saving is necessary.

    Reconfigure Quiz Questions

    Once questions have been added to a quiz, on the Editing quiz page you can rearrange, remove, and edit points for questions:

    • To move a question to another page, or change the question order (if shuffle is not selected), drag a question by its Move icon (move icon) (at left).
    • To  change the question settings, click the Configure icon (Screenshot of Configure icon) (to left of question name).
    • To preview the question click the Preview icon (Screenshot of Preview icon) (at right). The question will open in a pop-up window.
    • To delete a question click the Delete icon (Screenshot of delete icon) (at right).  This will remove the question from the Quiz, but it will still be saved in the Question bank.
    • To edit the maximum value for the question, click the Edit maximum mark icon (Screenshot of the link to enter max points) (at far right), enter a new value and press enter/return on your keyboard.

    No saving is necessary.