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Quiz settings detailed information

The initial configuration of the Quiz settings includes several options that need to be expanded manually one by one or automatically all at once. To expand all options automatically, click the "Expand all" in the upper-right corner. Please note that some of the settings will be unavailable to you if any students have answered any questions in the quiz. Our Create a Quiz video has a comprehensive set of verbal instructions on how to set up a quiz however if you require further assistance head over to the Moodle Website.

Key Quiz Settings

Most of the settings can be left as default if you want the best result, however, to verify that the quiz works as expected a couple of the following parameters need to be verified before making it available on the Moodle page
  • General - Assigning name of the quiz and its description
  • Timing - Adjusting the quiz time, open, close settings
  • Question behaviour - Different methods of how questions are answered
  • Review options - Controls what students will be shown during, after, and when the attempt is closed
  • Overall feedback -  Shown after the quiz have been completed


Add “Name” according to your preference; Description is optional, although it is advisable to clarify in a few lines what the students must do. Figure below illustrate what students can see on their Moodle.


In Timing, there are four options to choose from. If you save the quiz without changing the setting for Timing, students will not have a time restriction and can take the quiz as many times as they like because the parameters are all blanks. We recommend that you specify the quiz's open, close, and time limit dates/times.

Open the quiz

You may specify when the quiz is available for students. The quiz will be unavailable to students prior to the start time. They will be able to see the introduction to the quiz but not the questions.

Close the quiz

Students will not be permitted to begin additional attempts after the cutoff.  Students will be able to examine the quiz description and review their attempts even after the quiz has concluded. What students can see is determined by the settings you select for review options.

Time limit

Quizzes do not have a time restriction by default, so students can take as much time as they need to finish the quiz. If you choose a time restriction, the following steps are taken to guarantee that quizzes are finished within that time frame:

  1. A countdown timer is shown in the quiz navigation block

  2. When the timer has run out, the quiz is submitted automatically with whatever answers have been filled in so far
  3. If a student manages to goes over the allotted time, no marks are awarded for any answers entered after the time ran out

When time expires

The student's attempt is automatically submitted when the countdown timer hits zero. This setting is useful when the student starts a timed attempt, then exits the attempt, and then the time runs out. That means all answers are recorded automatically.


Grade setting allows you to allocate the quiz to a certain category (if one exists) and to specify the number of attempts that students are permitted to make to pass the exam using various grading methods. Please take up to 60 seconds for the grade to change due to servers being busy shortly after the quiz is completed.

Grade category

If you have categories in your gradebook, choose the one where you want the quiz to reside.

Grade to pass

You may specify a passing grade for the quiz here. This might be linked to Activity completion and Conditional activities, such that a student cannot access a follow-up activity until they have passed the quiz.

Attempts allowed

Students may be given many chances to take a quiz. This can assist to turn the quiz into more of an educational experience rather than just an assessment.

Grading method

This option is not available by default as the number of attempts is set to 1. When multiple attempts are allowed then this setting will appear.

  • Highest grade - The final grade is the best (highest) grade obtained in any attempt.
  • Average grade - The final grade represents the average (simple mean) of all attempts.
  • First grade - The final grade is the one obtained on the first try (other attempts are ignored).
  • Last grade - The final grade is based only on the most recent attempt.


This option has no effect on questions that have already been put to the quiz. The setting will only apply to questions that you add later. To modify the page breaks in an existing quiz, navigate to the quiz editing screen, click the 'Show page breaks' checkbox, and then utilise the repaginate control. If you have a lot of questions that contain a lot of high-resolution photos and the server is having trouble, presenting only one question per page is friendlier on the server than showing multiple (or all) questions on one page.

Question behaviour

This is the primary method of influencing how a student responds to the quiz's questions. Table below describes how questions behave within the quiz.

Deferred feedback Each question must first be answered by the student before the quiz may be evaluated
or feedback given.
Adaptive mode and Adaptive mode (no penalties)

Allow students to retry a question as many times as they like before going on to the next one. This behaviour requires that the "Whether correct" box is ticked under "During the attempt" in the "Review options" section, at a minimum.

Manual gradingTypically used with essay-style questions. You can choose to have every question in the
quiz graded manually if you wish.
Interactive with multiple triesUsed to allow repeated tries on the same question (perhaps with a grade penalty).
The wrong or correct answer can be viewed by clicking on "check". If the response is incorrect,
the student can try again by clicking the "Try again" button. Once the correct answer has been
provided, students can not change their answers.
Immediate feedbackSimilar to interactive mode in that the student can instantaneously submit their answer and receive
feedback throughout the quiz attempt. However, it cannot be modified afterwards.
Immediate feedback and Deferred
feedback with Certainty-based marking (CBM)
With CBM, the student not only answers the question, but also indicates the certainty with which they answered correctly. The grade is determined by the level of confidence, so that students must reflect truthfully.

Certainty-based marking (CBM)

When answering a question, students must additionally indicate their level of certainty. Then, their grade is changed based on their certainty level. At different confidence levels there is a chance that students gain up to 3 marks and lose up to 6. Table below summarises the three different levels of CBM and the number of marks lost or gained.

Certainty levelC=1C=2C=3No Responses or No Idea
Mark if correct 1230
Mark if wrong0-2-60
Probability correct<67%67%-80%>80%-
Description UnsureMidQuite sure-

Review options

Each of the items mentioned in the table below can be activated for a specific time frame when the students will be able to see the selected options. Some items are dependent on other items to be activated. For example, “During the attempt” is only available when “How questions behave” has been set to “Immediate feedback”, “Immediate feedback with CBM” and “Interactive with multiple tries”. By default all items are disabled and you can modify these even after the quiz is closed.

The attemptWill show how the student responded to each question
Whether correctDisplays whether the students response to each question is correct or incorrect
MarksReveals the marks awarded to the student and the grade for the quiz
Specific feedbackWill show the feedback for the response to the answer as set when adding the question to the quiz.
General feedbackDisplays the general feedback for the whole question as set when adding the question to the quiz.
Right answerReveals the correct answer to each question, whether the student answered correctly or not
Overall feedbackDisplays feedback for the entire quiz


This option allows you to customise the appearance of the quiz and the number of decimal places used for the grade. This option is best left as the default. Please note that the appearance of grades will have no effect on the grade book and following settings are cosmetics and will mostly influence what students view while/after quiz.

Show the user's picture

  • No picture - user picture will not be show
  • Small - 35 px by 35 px

  • Large 100 px by 100 px

Decimal places in grades

This option is solely used to display grades and not to display or mark responses.

Decimal places in question grades

This setting specifies the number of digits shown after the decimal point when displaying the grades for individual questions.

Show blocks during quiz attempts

This setting does not display any blocks; it is better to leave it as default.

Safe Exam Browser

Safe Exam Browser is a specialised web browser that is compatible with Windows, macOS, and iOS. The programme must be downloaded and installed on the student's device before the quiz can be taken. Following are some of the common restrictions that may be applied by using this application. For more information please visit Moodle website.

  • Only students using Safe Exam Browser will be permitted to try the quiz.
  • There will be no URL or search field in the browser window, and back/forward navigation and reload can be disabled.
  • Shortcut keys such as Win+Tab, Alt+Tab, Ctrl+Alt+Del, Alt+F4, Print Screen, Cmd+Tab are disabled or cannot be used to close Safe Exam Browser or to switch to other user accounts on the computer. The possibility of taking screenshots is disabled.

Extra restrictions on attempts

If you want to further restrict quiz access and make it more difficult for particular people to access the quiz from specific locations, you may change the settings in this section. Otherwise, keep all settings at their defaults.

Require password

If you set a password here, participants will be required to input the same password before being permitted to try the quiz.

Require network address

By providing a comma-separated list of partial or whole IP address numbers, you may restrict quiz access to certain subnets on the LAN or Internet. This is particularly handy for a proctored (invigilated) quiz, in which you want to ensure that only persons in a certain room may access the quiz.

Enforced delay between attempts

You may set a delay between the first and second attempt of a quiz, ranging from seconds to weeks.

Browser security

The quiz, which runs on a web server, is limited in its ability to control what the student may do on their computer while taking the quiz. Nonetheless, this option allows you to a degree to control the flow of the quiz and restrict students from copying and pasting.

Overall feedback

After completing a quiz attempt, the student is provided with general comments. The displayed wording might vary depending on the student's grade. You can set additional grade limits and unique feedback by clicking on “Add more feedback fields” at the bottom of the screen.

Common module settings

This section contains three options: "Availability," "ID number," and "Group mode." There are up to three settings for the Availability setting (depending on whether "Allow stealth activities" is enabled by an administrator in the Site administration). Setting an ID number allows the activity to be identified for grade computation reasons. It is recommended to keep the ID number blank and instead correctly configure the gradebook. Course-level group organisation allows for more flexible grouping options.

Restrict Access

With the "Restrict Access" feature, you can limit who can access an activity or even a course section based on things like dates, grade, group or activity completion, and so on.

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