Online Quizzes Faculty FAQ
  • 04 Mar 2024
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Creating the quiz

The quiz settings

If the instructor prepared the quiz before the actual quiz day, will the student be able to preview/see the quiz, or it will be visible at the exact time of the quiz?

The student will be able to see the quiz name in the course page; however, the quiz will not be accessible before the actual quiz date and time; it will be accessible on the exact date and time specified in the quiz settings.

Can I change the quiz opening time?

Yes, by following the below steps: 

  1. Once you turn editing on for the course in Moodle, click on the Edit button for the quiz and then on Edit settings
  2. Change the Open the quiz option in the Timing section as needed. 
  3. Click on the Save button.
When do I need to set a password for the quiz?

This is useful if you need to give a specific student/group of students access to the quiz. If you specify a password, then participants must enter the same password (should be shared with them) before they are allowed to attempt the quiz.

Can I specify the quiz for a specific group (CRN)?

Yes, by using restricted access. Learn more about this feature through this article.

Can I copy the same quiz on the same course and make some changes to it?

Yes, once you turn editing on for the course in Moodle, click on the Edit button for the quiz and then on Duplicate.

How can I give a particular student/s an extra time/number of attempts?

Inside the quiz, click on the gear icon and then click on User overrides to select one or more users and change quiz dates, times or number of attempts for the selected users.

How can I give student/s a chance to second attempt?

Inside the quiz, click on the gear icon and then click on User overrides to select one or more users and change quiz dates, times and number of attempts for the selected users. If the number of attempts for the quiz is one, then the number of attempts for the selected student/s should be two.

Can the instructor make a make-up exam for a specific student, not whole CRN?

Yes, the instructor can set exam for a specific student by following the steps in this article.

How can I block the browser while attempting the quiz?

Browser security should be set through the LockDown Browser Dashboard. LockDown Browser is a customized web browser that must be downloaded and installed on the computer that the student is using to attempt the quiz. It restricts the student use of browser more effectively than a pop-up window option. This will disable the following during the exam: full screen, web navigation, shortcut keys, copy and paste, surfing the web, using any other application. There will be a separate manual specifically for LockDown Browser available on Moodle.

How to limit number of questions per page?

You can do this in two different ways: 

Either use Edit settings, as follows:
  1. Click on Layout. 
  2. Choose the number of questions per page from New page drop-down menu. 
  3. Check the Repaginate now box. 
Or use Edit quiz, as follows:
  1. Click on Edit Quiz. 
  2. Click on the Repaginate button. 
  3. Use the pulldown menu to repaginate with number of questions per page. 
  4. Click on Go. If you set one (1) question at a time, then it will display only one question at a time as per the settings. Please click on preview to see how the students will see the quiz.
How can I make the students answer questions in the same order, and not allow skipping questions for later or going back to the previous questions?

Choose Sequential from the Navigation method in layout.

Is it is recommended to use sequential question or random question settings?

It is not recommended to use sequential. This is as per the senior administration recommendations. However, this is fully depending on the instructors and their judgment.

What happens if the student keeps one question empty in case of sequential navigation method?

The student will not be able to go back to the previous question (empty question) once moved into the next question.

Can I set a time for each question?

No, you can’t.

How to allow the all student to attempt the same quiz again?

You can do this by changing the number of attempts and decide on the grading method.

Can I change the max marks for the quiz?

Yes, you can set how many points each question is worth by changing the number in the box to the right of each question and click Enter and you can change the maximum grade by changing the number in the box top right at the top of the quiz and click Enter. Noting that the default is one point per question and 10.00 maximum grade.

Adding questions

Can the instructor import questions from a file?

Yes. If the file supported file types by Moodle.

Can I select any number of questions from the question bank in Moodle?

Yes, you can, as long as the number of questions selected does not exceed the number of questions in the question bank. Please note that the more questions you add to the question bank, the more randomized the questions would be for the students.

Would the system select different questions for different students?

Yes, if the instructor adds random questions and selects the number of random questions to be added in the quiz.

Will the system shuffle and select the required number of questions automatically?

Yes, in order to do that, check the Shuffle box at the top of the screen, while adding the questions.

Can the instructor upload a file in question text?

No, the instructor can only upload a file (such as an image) or add audio/video in the question text.

How can the instructor include pictures or ChemDraw of molecules and reaction equations into questions?
  1. Save the ChemDraw of molecules and reaction equations as image in jpeg format. 
  2. Create the question text and select an image to display adding a picture to the question from "insert or edit image".
How can the instructors, or students, write equations in questions and answers?

By using the Equation Editor tool which have been added to the Moodle to ease the typing of Mathematical equations (MathType) and Chemical symbols (ChemType). Learn more about this feature through this article.

Can students answer essay questions by uploading files?

Yes, they can, if the instructor specifies the number of attachments in the Allow attachments field in the Response Options.

Can students answer essay questions by uploading an image?

Yes, by clicking on the insert or edit image button.

Can the student record a short audio response to answer the question asked instead of writing a text?

Yes, if the instructor uses the Record Audio question type

Is the feedback mandatory?

No, it's optional.

Will the “Preview” button make the quiz visible for the students?

No, this button is for the instructor ONLY, and it is used to preview the quiz from the student’s perspective.

Can I add new questions after a student attempted the original version of the exam?

The instructor can add or remove questions as long as there’s no student attempt the quiz. If one or more students have taken the quiz, you will see a list of all the questions in the quiz and a notice saying that you cannot add or remove questions.

Attemting the quiz

How can I give the quiz a try before releasing it to students?

From inside the quiz, use the Preview feature.

Is there a way in the settings not allow late students to attempt the exam if they are late? i.e. preventing the student to attempt the exam if s/he did not attempt the exam within 10 minutes of the start time?

No, there is no such an option.

Can students attempt the quiz from mobile or tablet?

Yes, they can but it depends on device settings and its recommended to attempt the quiz through PC or Laptop.

Does the timer appear for students while attempting the quiz?

Yes, If the instructor enables a time limit in the quiz settings, a countdown timer will appear in the quiz navigation block.

Why are some students unable to view the pictures in the quiz?

This is not a technical issue, as it is related to the settings of the internet browser.

Can the student copy and paste a text to answer essay questions?


What happens if the student had an internet connection issue during the quiz?

If Moodle detects that the student's Internet connection has dropped, a warning message is displayed and it requests the student to make a note of recent responses. 

The Student can continue the quiz depending on the below quiz setting which are set by the instructor:

  • The time limit. 
  • Quiz closing time. 
  • When time expires (open attempts are submitted automatically.
What does the below error mean?

Student has an internet connection issue.

If the student receives a message that his/her exam was not submitted, what does that mean?

In such case, the instructor chose “Attempts must be submitted before time expires, or they are not counted”, in the timing settings of the quiz, which means students should click on the Submit button before the time expires.

Grading the quiz

Why are some students able to see their grades directly after completing the Online Quiz, while other may not?

This is due to one of the “Review options” settings under “Quiz Settings”.

The instructor can manage the information that students can view. The settings for grades can be set under one of the following “Review Options”: 

  • “During the attempt”: while the students are taking the quiz attempt. 
  • “Immediately after the attempt”: within two minutes after the attempt is submitted (when the student clicks the ‘Submit’ button). 
  • “Later, while the quiz is still open”: after the two minutes are up, and before the quiz close date. 
  • “After the quiz is closed”: after the quiz close date has passed. If the quiz does not have a close date, this state is never reached. 

In this case, the instructor must choose “Marks” under “Immediately after the attempt”.

Why don’t the marks show and the results appear as “not graded yet” after the quiz is submitted?

In this case, there must be essay questions or audio recordings within the quiz. The instructor should grade these questions first manually and then the grades will be displayed.

Can I grade some of the questions from the quiz manually instead of automatically grading and other parts automatically?

Yes, you can, by using manual grading.

How to enter grades for essay questions and appear in grades report?

You can do this by using the manual grading.

How to set manual grading for the Online Quiz?

You can do that by following the steps in this article.

How to download the responses for the essay questions?

You can do that by following the steps in this article.

How to hide online quiz results from the students?

To hide the quiz grade from the students, follow the below steps:

  1. Inside the course, click on the gear icon select Gradebook setup.
  2. In the row for the quiz item you wish to hide its grade, under the Actions column, click on Edit, and then on Edit settings.
  3. Tick the Hidden box.
Can I reorder the students in grades’ reports to list them alphabetically?

No, but you can reorder the students' list depending on Student ID by clicking on the “First Name and Surname” column and you can do the same in the Banner system.

How to download the grades report?

The grades report can be downloaded by following the steps below:

  1. Click on the quiz. 
  2. Click on the gear icon and choose Grades from the Results section.
  3. Specify if you want to include the Marks for each question in the report.
  4. Choose the grades report file format then click on the Download button.

This report shows all the students' quiz attempts, with the overall grade, and the grade for each question (if you select “Yes” in step 3 mentioned above).

How I can post the students’ online quiz grade separately?

The instructor doesn’t need to post the online quizzes grades for the students, he may select the Mark option, which is located in the After the Quiz is Closed column under the Review Option settings, and then the student should click on the quiz to be able to see the results.

General Questions

Does the Teaching Assistant in my course have access to see the Online Quiz in Moodle?

Teaching Assistants have same privilege as instructors, hence they have access to the Online Quiz same as the instructor. There is no separation between the instructors in same course in Moodle.

Can I download the quiz?

Yes, you can export the quiz by following the below steps: 

  1. Inside the course, click on the quiz. 
  2. Click on the gear icon and then choose the Export under the Question bank section.
  3. Select the output type required for the exported file. 
  • GIFT format 
  • Moodle XML format 
  • XHTML format
What happens if the instructor deletes the quiz by mistake?

The instructor will be able to restore any deleted activity or resource in Moodle within 60 days; however, the restore will not include the submitted answers and grades as it will be for the quiz questions ONLY.

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