Quiz Settings

To create a quiz in Moodle, you first must select “Quiz” under the drop down menu titled “Add an Activity.” This will allow you to quiz your students online with all of the features Moodle has to offer. Below, the features of creating quizzes on Moodle are explained.


When creating a quiz, you have the ability to utilize a time limit. This puts a limit on how long the student has to complete the quiz once he or she has started it. The time limit can range anywhere from a number of seconds to a number of days depending on what kind of time limit you would like to set.


You are also able to adjust the number of times a student is permitted to take the quiz. The student can be allowed one attempt to ten attempts or an unlimited amount of attempts. This means that once the student has already taken the quiz, he or she can go back and take the quiz over and over again until he or she has reached the maximum number of attempts.


There are four different grading methods: highest grade, average grade, first attempt, and last attempt:


Highest Grade: Moodle will take all of the different attempts made on the quiz and use whichever grade is the highest.

First attempt: The student is graded only on their first attempt at the quiz.

Last attempt: The student is graded only on their last attempt at the quiz.

Average Grade: Moodle averages together all of the grades the student received on the quiz and that becomes his final quiz grade.


You are given two options for the layout of your quiz: how many questions you want on each page, and what order you would like the questions to be in. You can both put the questions in random order, where they will be changed for every student taking the quiz and for every attempt students make at the quiz, or you can keep the quiz in an exact order. You can also edit how many questions you would like per page. This ranges from one question per page to fifty questions per page.


Under question behavior, there are four different settings:


Shuffle Within Questions: The possible answers will be shuffled each time the question is asked.

Adaptive Mode: If a student gets a question wrong, he or she may immediately attempt the question again instead of having to take the whole quiz over again. This is accompanied by the next option, ‘apply penalties’.

Apply Penalties: In order to see this option, you must choose to ‘show advanced’. If you choose to apply penalties, you are giving the students the option to attempt the question again, if they got it wrong, for partial credit.

Each Attempt Builds on the Last: If this option is enabled, the students will be able to see their previous attempts when taking the quiz again.


You are able to require your students to wait to retake a quiz after they have already taken it once. This option allows you to make them wait anywhere from a number of seconds to a number of days.


One of the final options for creating a quiz is to give automatic feedback. You may provide feedback to students who scored in any range of grades. For example, if you would like to meet with any students who scored a 60% or below, you may write 60% in the grade boundary box, and write in the feedback box “See me after Monday’s class”.


*After going through all of the settings, you will then choose to save and then you can create questions for your quiz.