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Adding Questions and Editing Quizzes
Last modified on 05 July 2023 03:15 PM

This article explains how to add quiz questions to an existing quiz on eClass. If you have not yet added a quiz, please see Adding Quizzes.

Getting started:

1. After adding and setting up your quiz, you can start adding questions by clicking on the quiz activity on your course page.

2. If no questions have been added to your quiz, you can add questions by clicking the  Add questions button:

3. Once questions have been added, to edit an existing quiz, click on the Questions tab to open the editing page. From this page, you can add, remove, or modify questions.

4. Please note that once one or more students have attempted the quiz, you will no longer have the option to add or remove questions, which will ensure a consistent experience for all students taking the quiz.

  • If necessary, it is possible to give a question a mark of zero, and eClass will regrade the quiz accordingly.
  • You may also edit to allow more than one answer once a quiz is complete and a question has more than one correct answer or is determined to be unfair.
  • For more information on making changes to quizzes once they have been attempted, see Editing and Regrading existing Quiz Attempts.


Adding questions:

There are 3 ways to add questions to your quiz.

1. To begin adding a question to your quiz click on Add.

Add 'a new question':

1. To add and create a new question, click on Add then click on 'a new question':

2. With this option, you can build a new question based on a wide selection of quiz question types.

Add 'from question bank':

1. To add from a question bank, click on Add then click on 'from question bank':

2. If you only want to add only one question to your quiz from the question bank, you can select the + icon to the left of your chosen question to add it.

3. If you are working with a departmental or course-level question bank, you may be able to filter questions by specific tags.

4. Multiple questions can be added by selecting the checkboxes for the desired questions and clicking on the 'Add selected questions to the quiz' button.

5. You can display and select questions from different categories by using the category selection dropdown menu at the top of the screen.

Important: Editing any part of a question that was added from a question bank will apply the change to the question anywhere it appears.

If this question has been used in a previous exam, create a new question instead of editing the existing one.

If you have duplicated a prior quiz, delete the question and create a new version of it instead of editing it to avoid this issue.

Add 'a random question':

1. To add random questions, first, select the category containing your set of questions to be used.

2. Choose the number of questions from this category that you would like each student to answer. You may even filter questions by specific tags.

3. Click Add random question when done.

4. When 2 random questions are selected as above, 2 new questions are added to the quiz editing overview:

Select “See questions” to view a list of the questions that could be presented to students

5. For random questions, each student could be asked to answer any questions added from the selected category.

Note: Random questions are better drawn from a category with more, rather than fewer, questions.


Adding Pages and Headings:

1. We strongly recommend that only one question is put on each page

2. Changes are saved whenever a student navigates between pages.  Saving pages when moving to a new page limits data loss in the event of an internet connection interruption, power failure, etc.

3. Nevertheless, some questions may have to be grouped together. For example, you may ask several questions about a single description-type question:

4. Page breaks can be added and removed manually clicking the icons to the left of the questions.

6. Quiz pages can have headings added to them to provide contextual information about the questions on the page.

7. Headings can be added by clicking the pencil icon near the top left, above the page number.

8. Headings for inserted pages must be added from the 'Add' dropdown which only appears between pages where no heading exists:

9. Press 'Enter' to save headings.

10. Section names are visible both to a student taking a quiz and to an instructor previewing a quiz:

11. The quiz navigation panel is on the right side of the quiz page attempt or preview:


The Repaginate button near the top left of the questions page can be used to re-organize the quiz with a set number of questions per page. This can be helpful after adding or reordering questions to restore your intended layout. Note: it is not possible to repaginate quizzes after any student attempts have been made.

Before any attempts are made, it is also possible to repaginate and/or specify that quizzes to display quizzes with one question per page on the quiz settings page. In the ‘Layout’ section of the quiz settings, set New page to 'Every question'. Selecting 'Repaginate now' will force the quiz to repaginate.


Managing Existing Questions:

1. There are multiple tools for arranging the format of your quiz:

2. Existing questions can be edited and updated using the displayed icons. A brief description of the function of each of these icons is included below:

  • Move: Questions can be reordered either by clicking the Move icon and selecting a new question from the popup or by dragging and dropping it.
  • Edit: Question text, answers, and feedback can be modified.
  • Preview: Try a question from the student's perspective.
  • Delete: Remove the question from the quiz.
  • Edit Maximum Mark: The maximum mark for each question can be modified to weight questions differently. Start by selecting the pencil icon indicated in the screenshot above. After entering your desired value, save the new Maximum Mark by hitting ‘Enter’ on the keyboard. To cancel editing of the value, press the ‘Escape’ key.


Change Maximum Grade:

1. If the 'Maximum grade' is different from the 'Total of marks', the quiz will display a grade out of the maximum in the grade book:

2. The 'Total of marks' indicates the maximum amount of marks a student can get on the quiz.

3. The 'Maximum grade' indicates what the quiz will be scored out of in the gradebook and can be adjusted to match the grade breakdown in your syllabus.

4. Student grades are automatically scaled for display in the gradebook (e.g., in the screenshot above, 3/6 on the quiz would translate to 50/100 in the gradebook).

5. If you do not want a quiz to appear in the gradebook at all, you can set the Maximum grade to 0.


Shuffling Question Order:

1. Shuffling of questions from the 'Questions page affects the order in which the questions are presented to the student.

2. Shuffling can be set independently for each section of a quiz and does affect the order of questions set in other sections of the quiz.

3. If you wish to shuffle the order of choices in multiple-choice or matching questions, first see the question behaviour section in our article Adding Quizzes.

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