Completing and reviewing quizzes

About quizzes

The Moodle quix iconQuizzes can be set up in different ways for different purposes. They may be an assessable component of a unit or may be used for you to test your own knowledge. Some quizzes will be available for only a certain period, and/ or there may be a limit on how long you can spend taking the quiz. Some only allow you to have one attempt while others may allow multiple attempts with or without a penalty on the subsequent attempts. A number of question types may be used including multiple choice, true-false, and short answer questions.

Assessable quizzes are usually set so that they are only available for a certain period. Usually you are not provided a grade or the correct answers until after the quiz has closed. Due to the various ways a quiz can be set up it is important to read the information provided with each quiz.



Timed quizzes

It is important if you are attempting a quiz that you allow enough time to complete it before the cut off time. If you begin a quiz that has a one hour time limit and you begin it 5 minutes before midnight and the quiz is due to close at midnight that day, you will only have 5 minutes to complete the quiz.

Once you start a quiz that has a time limit it cannot be paused. You must complete it within the remaining time. Logging out of Moodle or closing your browser does not stop the clock.


Does the unit have a quiz?

In the Course and Unit Catalogue

You can check if there will be an assessable quiz for your unit, prior to enrolment by looking at the unit details in the Course and Unit Catalogue. Look at the Assessment information on the Additional information tab. This can be useful in determining the requirements for the unit before the Moodle site becomes available.

In the Moodle Activities block

You can check to see if your unit has a quiz already setup from the Activities block in the unit's Moodle site. If there are one or more quizzes, a Quizzes link will be listed in this block. Click on the link to see a list of all the quizzes currently created for the unit.

Sample image of an activities block

In your learning materials

You should check the unit outline and forums, as there may be a quiz that has not yet been set up and is therefore not displaying in the Activities block.


Taking a quiz

Before you start

Do your best to ensure you have a reliable internet connection.

Only use navigation links embedded in the quiz pages to navigate between quiz questions and the summary page (do not use the back and forward buttons in your browser).

For a timed quiz, answer your questions and submit them in the one session - don't leave and come back to it later.

Getting started

Read the information about the quiz to make sure it is the correct quiz and you are aware of any time limits.

Time limits are displayed on the quiz main page

Click on the "Attempt quiz now" button to start the attempt.

If there are any time or attempt limits it will be displayed before the quiz is started.

Display of any time limits

Within the quiz:

  • Click on the "Next" button at the bottom of the page to see the next page of questions.
  • Click on the "flag" in the box next to the question to put a temporary marker on it. A red flag will display in the Quiz navigation. This will make it easy to return to questions you wish to come back to.

Each question has a flag

Notice the Quiz navigation block in the upper right corner. You can use this to jump to any question. Any flagged questions will have a "red corner" in their box and the question boxes for the current page will display in bold text. If there is a time limit, the remaining time is shown in this block.Completed questions will have shading in the bottom half of their box, while incomplete questions will not be shaded.

Quiz navigation

To finish the quiz, click the Finish attempt link in the Quiz navigation block or click on the Finish attempt button on the last page of the quiz.

The Summary of attempt page (below) - reviews the questions. It will tell you if you have not yet answered a question and if any questions are still flagged. You can click on any question page number to return to the quiz.

Ensure you click on "Submit all and finish" within the allotted time to have your quiz attempt recorded.

Quiz summary of attempt


Most quizzes will give you some sort of review of what you did. This may be available as soon as you complete the quiz, but for some it may not be until the quiz is closed.

The Quiz navigation block shows questions that were scored as correct with green shading and a tick. In the main part of the page, questions and answers will display and correct answers will be highlighted in green with a tick next to the response. 

Incorrect answers will display with red shading in the navigation block and the question will highlight your answer in red with a cross next to it. If the quiz has been set up to display the correct answers, these will be underneath the questions (see below).

Quiz review

Returning to the quiz later will list any previous attempts as well as your grade if it has been released. Click the Review link to see details. If you are able to attempt the quiz again, there will be a link to Re-attempt quiz.

Quiz review

Last modified: Friday, 13 January 2017, 4:46 PM