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The Quiz function in Canvas

To create a good quiz can be a difficult task. Here you can find information about how to choose good settings for your quiz in the two quiz functions in Canvas, New Quizzes and Classic Quizzes. You can also read about how to create good questions, manage question banks, moderate quizzes and vary assignments between students by randomizing questions.

Create a quiz

Canvas has two quiz functions. Here you will find information about which one you should use and how to create a quiz and what external settings are available in a quiz and can be good to use. For example, the number of attempts allowed, limit for passing, and how to save time when creating a quiz.

Creating a quiz

Create a question

Here is information on what is good to think about when creating quiz questions. How to add a question and what to keep in mind when creating incorrect answers and feedback.

Creating a question in a quiz

New Quizzes question types

On these pages you will find a overview and a short presentation of each question type that is available in New Quizzes. Each question type is presented with information about the question and with advice on recommended use.

Question types New Quizzes

New Quizzes item banks

Here you can learn how to handle question banks, called item banks, in New Quizzes. How to create a item bank, add questions to the item bank and add questions from the item bank to a quiz.

New Quizzes item banks

Moderate New Quizzes in Canvas

Sometimes students need to get custom submission times, extra attempts at a quiz or resume an already submitted quiz. Here are instructions on how to do this in New Quizzes.

Moderate New Quizzes in Canvas

Quiz settings for examination

Canvas Quizzes have several settings. Which setting to use depends on how the quiz is intended to be used. For example, for examination in a computer room, it is desirable to ensure that only students in the room can open the quiz. You can both lock the quiz so that a code is required to open it and restrict which IP addresses the quiz can be opened from. It is also possible to shuffle the answer alternatives and the order of the questions, as well as to control when and what the student should see for their results.

Settings for examining quiz

Random questions

For larger, assessed assignments, such as an exam, it is often advantageous if the students do not receive the exact same questions. A good method for this is to randomize questions, and on this page we go through our recommendations for random questions in Canvas.

Randomize questions in Canvas

Built-in calculator

In Canvas New Quizzes, there is the option to activate a built-in calculator for the students when the quiz is created, which means that the students can stay in the quiz when they are doing calculation questions. The calculator is available in two variants: Basic and Scientific.

Calculator in Canvas New Quiz

Classic Quizzes

Classic Quizzes is Canvas' first quiz feature that is currently being replaced by New Quizzes. If you use Classic Quiz today, it's time to migrate your quizzes to the new quiz feature, "New Quizzes". At the moment, however, this is the better choice if you need to export CSV-files for student response analysis or if you are using an API.

Classic Quizzes

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Last changed: Feb 23, 2023