Create and manage a quiz

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The Quiz activity allows you to create and mark different types of quiz questions, including multiple choice, short answer, matching, drag-and-drop, and audio recordings. This introductory guide includes how to set up a quiz, add questions, and allow students more time or extensions to do their quiz.

To understand Quizzes more fully and to practice how to create Wattle Quizzes, self-enrol in the Wattle Quiz Building course. 

Warning: Do not duplicate then edit questions of an existing quiz as this will change the questions wherever they appear in your site, such as the original quiz and Question Bank. 


The Quiz is a powerful way to assess student knowledge, both as a graded, summative assessment (such as a final exam), or as a practice, formative quiz for students to test their knowledge. Questions are automatically added to a question bank for easy re-use in other quizzes.


Step 1

Click on Turn editing on located on the top right corner of the course site.

Step 2

Click Add an activity or resource in the section of your Wattle site where you would like to add the Quiz. Choose Quiz from the list and click Add.

Step 3

Give your quiz a name and a description. Work through the rest of the options in the form. You can click on the question mark icons next to each item for more information. Key settings are explained in more detail, below. Otherwise, skip ahead to Step 11 to Save and add questions.

Step 4


To set the timing of the quiz, click on the Enable for the opening and closing of the quiz and nominate the dates and the times that you would like the quiz to open and close. Tick Enable if would like to set a time limit for each attempt of the quiz.

Step 5


Select which grade category within the gradebook you would like the quiz to go into and input the minimum grade required to pass.

Select how many attempts allowed you would like students to be able to have at the quiz and which grading method you would like used from the relevant drop-down menu boxes.

Step 6


Select how many questions you would like to have appearing on each new page of the quiz.

Navigation method can be sequential, allowing students to work through the quiz in order, or free, allowing students to click backwards and forwards throughout the quiz.

Step 7

Question behaviour

At Shuffle within questions you can select whether you would like multiple choice or matching questions to be randomly shuffled.

At How questions behave you can set for 'deferred feedback' and students will receive feedback after completing the quiz. Other options such as 'immediate feedback' or 'interactive with multiple tries' will also allow you enable students to redo questions within an attempt (click Show more to see these options). You can also allow students to improve their scores by building on each attempt.

If you set for 'Immediate feedback' the student is notified as to whether they have answered correctly or not.

If you set for 'Interactive with Multiple tries' this allows students to get immediate feedback as they go, and to also resubmit their answers until they submit the correct one.

Step 8

Review options

This determines when students can see their results from the quiz.

Step 9

Extra restrictions on attempts

You can choose to set Require password to allow students to access the quiz.

Require network address - gives the option of restricting access to a specific room.

Enforced delay - allows the setting of delay time between attempts.

Step 10

Overall feedback

This is shown after students have completed the quiz, and can be customised with specific feedback comments, depending on which grade the student has received.

Step 11

Complete any other necessary page sections, then click Save and display to access the page for adding questions to the quiz.

Step 12

Add questions to a quiz

To add questions to the quiz, select Edit quiz. Then, select Add and choose whether you’d like to create a new question or add from an existing question bank.

If adding a new question, choose which type of question you would like to add and choose add. Give the question a name, add the question text and the default mark, and then complete the remaining fields as necessary. You can add feedback which will automatically appear to students. Click Save changes.

Step 13

Set up individual or group access times (user or group overrides)

You can set up exceptions to the dates, times, or time limits set on a quiz for individuals or groups (instead of creating multiple different quizzes). This is useful when a student needs to re-sit a quiz after it has closed, or to allow different tutorial groups to access it at different times.

When viewing the quiz, click on the Settings cog and select either Group overrides or User overrides. Group overrides allow you to change the access period of the quiz for all users within a group (see group selection) while User overrides allow you to change the access period of the quiz for a single student.

Select Add user / group override.

Select the group or user you would like to apply this override to. You can then set/enable:

  • Open the quiz - this is when the quiz will be open to the select user/group of users
  • Close the quiz - when the quiz will be unavailable to the user/group of users
  • Time limit - if enabled, the time limit is stated on the initial quiz page and a countdown timer is displayed in the quiz navigation block
  • Attempts allowed - number of times the students are allowed to attempt the quiz

You can also Revert to quiz defaults if you do not wish to apply an override anymore.

Click Save to return to the list of overrides or Save and enter another override to add another override.