A quiz in Moodle is a set of questions grouped together, to be answered by a student in one sitting. There are many different types of question available, including multiple choice, numerical, gap fills, and many more. As teacher, you control who can see the quiz and when, how it will be scored, how feedback is provided and host of other properties.
Note that Moodle handles questions independently of quizzes. The questions that make up a quiz are stored in a question bank and may be used in more than one quiz. Therefore creating questions is a separate stage of the process that you need to do before you create the quiz.
Reminder: whenever you are creating questions or quizzes, you'll find a link to the appropriate page of Moodle Docs at the bottom of each page, like this:
The variety of types of questions in Moodle include:
- Multiple Choice
The respondent chooses from multiple answers. There are two types of multiple choice questions - single answer and multiple answer.
- Short Answer
The respondent types a word or phrase. There may several possible correct answers, with different grades. Answers may or may not be sensitive to case.
A numerical question looks just like a short-answer question. The difference is that numerical answers are allowed to have an accepted error. This allows a continuous range of answers to be set.
The respondent selects from two options: True or False.
A list of sub questions is provided, along with a list of answers. The respondent must "match" the correct answers with each question.
- Embedded Answers (Cloze)
These very flexible questions consist of a passage of text (in Moodle format) that has various answers embedded within it, including multiple choice, short answers and numerical answers.
- Random Short-Answer Matching
From the student perspective, this looks just like a Matching question. The difference is that the subquestions are drawn randomly from Short Answer questions in the current category.
A random question in a quiz is replaced by a randomly-chosen question from the category that was set.
Calculated questions offer a way to create individual numerical questions by the use of wildcards that are substituted with individual values when the quiz is taken.
The respondent writes an answer in essay format.
Moodle handles questions independently of quizzes. The questions that make up a quiz are stored in a question bank and may be used in more than one quiz.
Therefore creating questions is a separate stage of the process that you need to do before you create the quiz.
The documentation on questions and quizzes provided by Moodle Docs is recommended if you want to start developing your own quizzes.
- Question bank - explains the types of questions that are available and how to create and organise questions in the question bank
- Quiz module - explains how to combine your questions into quizzes and make them available to students
- Effective quiz practices - tips on planning and improving your quizzes
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