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Create a quiz

Quizzes overview & first steps

The quizzes tool enables instructors to give learners self-assessment opportunities in an online activity that has a clean, modern user interface and customizable features.

There are a variety of question types available. Questions are posed one at a time, but can be presented in a specific order or randomly. Instructors can also include feedback for questions that can be provided immediately or as a report at the end of the quiz.

In your D2L Brightspace course shell, you can find the Quizzes tool in the top menu bar, under Assessment.

Navigation Menu - Finding Quizzes tool

Note: If you do not see Quizzes in the top navigation, under Assessment, please review our tutorial to learn how to enable course tools.

Click 'New Quiz' button
Quiz - name and category
  1. On the Manage Quizzes page, click New Quiz.
  2. Enter a Name for the quiz.
  3. Select a Category from the drop-down list if you want to group your quiz with an existing category.
Add questions to the quiz
  1. Select Shuffle order of questions at the quiz level to randomize the order that all questions (and sections) appear when students take the quiz.

    If you wish to randomize only questions within specific sections of a quiz, or to show a set number of random questions from a larger pool of questions, you may learn more in our tutorial about how to create a random section for a quiz.

  2. Click Add/Edit Questions to create and manage quiz questions.

    Find out more about how to Create Quiz Questions.

    Once you have added at least one question to your quiz, you can Edit Values to modify the point values and difficulty level, and make questions bonus or mandatory.

    Click Done Editing Questions to return to the Edit Quiz page. Once you add questions to your quiz, you can enter a value in the "Questions per page" field to indicate how many questions to display per page. You can also choose to prevent users from moving backwards through pages once they have left a page of questions.

Quiz - additional details
  1. Add a Description if necessary.
  2. Header/Footer - Add information or instructions to the top or bottom of the quiz page. Change page header and footer visibility by selecting on or off.
  3. The following options are available in optional advanced properties:

    Allow hints: Allows users to access hints to questions.

    Disable right click (Ctrl-click on a Mac): Prohibits users from copying or printing quiz questions by right-clicking on a question when taking a quiz.

    Note: You can not disable ctrl-click for Mac users who use Safari.

    Disable instant messages and alerts: We recommend that this tool NOT be checked. Users cannot use the Email functions in any course if they have a quiz attempt in progress. This may inhibit those who are an Instructor or TA in another course from communicating with their students. Please do not check this option.

    Notification Email: The email address or comma-separated list of email addresses specified in this field receive a message each time a user completes a quiz attempt.

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The Restrictions tab

In this tab, you will find various tools for controlling access to the quiz, including availability dates and timing.

Creating a quiz - the Restrictions tab

This is found in the quiz editor, next to the Properties tab.


Quiz restrictions - status, dates and release conditions
  1. Release status
  2. Changing your quiz status to Active allows users to see and take the quiz. Regardless of the other settings, if the quiz is set to Inactive, students will NOT be able to take the quiz.

  3. Start & end dates
  4. You can specify a date range that your quiz becomes available to users. You can also add quizzes associated with a date to your course calendar.

  5. Release conditions
  6. Create new, or attach existing, release conditions if you want a quiz to be available to users only after they fulfill other specified tasks.

    Examples of release conditions include completing an assignment submission; scoring a specified grade in a particular quiz; completing a survey; and being enrolled in a particular section. You can edit and change release conditions by clicking the Remove icon or Remove All Conditions.

    Find out more about how to Add or Edit Release Conditions.


Quiz restrictions - set password and ip restrictions
  1. Password
  2. To access a quiz, users must enter the same password you input here.

  3. IP restriction
  4. Users can only access a quiz from the IP address you specify here. Leave fields blank to allow multiple IP address access points.


You can specify whether users have a limited or unlimited amount of time to complete the quiz.

Create a quiz - set timing restrictions
  1. Click Enforce a time limit (if necessary).
    • No Time Limit: Users have unlimited time to complete the quiz.

    • Enforce a Time Limit: Users have a set amount of time to complete the quiz. The Quiz Details page will display the time limit for the quiz. A clock displays to users taking the quiz so they can monitor how much time remains.

  2. Set time limit and grace period
  3. The grace period is added after the time limit has passed.

  4. Choose what happens after the grace period
    • Quiz is flagged as late, but student can continue working: there are no automatic consequences for users who submit late.

    • Quiz is flagged as late, and student is prevented from making further changes: student cannot continue working on the quiz

    • Quiz is flagged as late, but students can continue working. Quiz will be automatically scored as zero after the specified limit: student can continue working, but a grade of 0 is automatically assigned after the period of time specified in the Late Limit drop-down list expires. The Late Limit is applied after the grace period ends.

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The Restrictions tab

In this tab, you will find various tools for controlling access to the quiz, including Special Access.

Creating a quiz - the Restrictions tab

This is found in the quiz editor, next to the Properties tab.


Assign a different set of quiz start and end dates and/or extend time limits for specific users.

Enable Special Access for a quiz
  1. Enable special access

    First, select whether to:

    • Give certain users a different set of rules for accessing the quiz (select "Allow selected users special access to this quiz"). This is useful when all of the students are to take the same quiz, but need some different timing options.

    • Limit access to the quiz to ONLY the users in the Special Access list (select "Allow only users with special access to see this quiz"). This is useful when you need to release a quiz to select individuals.

    THEN, click the Add Users to Special Access button.

Edit Special Access availability dates and timing
  1. Availability Dates - Change the release dates and times if needed.

  2. Timing - Change the time limit if needed. For example, you may have a student who requires additional time on tests.
Edit the attempts permitted in the "special access"
  1. Attempts - Permit additional attempts, if needed.

  2. Similarly, you can modify the Advanced Attempt Conditions.
Select the users that will receive the special access
  1. The most important part - select the users!
    Use the checkboxes to select the users whose quiz will take these Special Access settings.

  2. After you finish modifying special access properties and users permissions, click Add Special Access.

Note that you can set up different Special Access settings for different users.

Once you return to the main quiz editor, you will see the resulting special access entry listed.

This is what it looks like after you add the special access
  • Click the pencil icon to edit the existing special access entry.
  • Click the X icon to remove the existing entry.
  • Click "Add Users to Special Access" to add another entry.
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The Assessment tab

In this tab, you will find various tools for setting the grading options for the quiz, including ties to the Grades tool, Rubrics and controlling the number of attempts each student has.

Creating a quiz - the Assessment tab

This is found in the quiz editor, next to the Restrictions tab.

  1. Automatic Grade
    • Quizzes will be automatically graded once completed.
    • Note: if you have questions that require manual marking (i.e. long answer questions), it's not advisable to check this box as students will see a default score of "0" for those not-yet-graded questions.
  2. Grade Item
    • When associated with a quiz, you have the option to auto export quiz results to the Grades tool. 
    • If you want to associate your quiz with an existing grade book item, select the item from the Grade Item drop-down menu.
    • If you want to associate your quiz with a new grade book item, click the Add Grade Item button. Fill out the appropriate fields.
  3. Auto Export to Grades
    • The system can send auto-graded attempt scores directly to the grade book if a quiz is associated with a grade item.
  4. Student View Preview
    • If you associate the quiz with a grade item, you can click Edit Display Settings from the Student View Preview context menu to manage how grades display to students.
Attaching rubrics to the quiz
  1. Attach a Rubric
    • Add a rubric to a quiz if you want to evaluate users with a predefined set of criteria. You can associate a rubric with a quiz to demonstrate fair and consistent evaluation.

For more information, see Create Rubrics and Use Rubrics in Assessments.

Setting quiz attempts
  1. Set the number of allowed attempts
    • Select from 1 - 10 attempts, or unlimited. Note that the selection of a number from 2 - 10 will open up the "Advanced Attempt Conditions" described below.
  2. Choose which attempt will be used for grading
    • Select whether the quiz grade is based on their highest attempt, lowest attempt, first attempt, last attempt, or average of all attempts.
  3. Advanced attempt conditions
    • If 2 - 10 attempts are allowed, you can also add the threshold that controls whether a student can access a subsequent attempt.
    • For example, you can indicate that a student may only get a second attempt at a quiz IF they received a grade of between 0 and 50% on their first attempt.
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The Submission Views tab

In this tab, you will find the settings to determine exactly what a student can see once they complete a quiz attempt.

Creating a quiz - the Submission Views tab

This tab is found in the quiz editor.

The Default View determines what - if anything - the students are permitted to see. By default, this view only allows the students to see their attempt scores and not the questions nor the answers.

  • To change what the students see immediately after completing a quiz attempt, click the Default View link.

Please note that changing this setting will not modify the view for the students who have already completed the quiz. Be sure to set this before the students take the quiz.

Two options for post-submission views

You have the option of setting different elements of the quiz to be viewed at a later date and time, or pending other criteria.

For example, you may want the students to see the full answers once all students have completed the quiz. In this case, you can set a date in the future to release the questions and answers.

  • To add different view options, click the Add Additional View button.

These additional views can be set up to affect students who have already completed the quiz.


View settings - name and message
  1. Name and Message - when creating an Additional View, be sure to give it a meaningful name and description so you understand exactly what information it is giving the students.
View settings - date restriction and time limit
  1. Date - select a start date and time for this view to be available to students. Instructors will often set this to a date and time well after all students have completed the quiz.

  2. IP Address - limit the location from which students may view the results by entering a range of IP addresses. We generally don't recommend using this option unless you know the specific IP range of your classroom, for example.

  3. Limited Duration - set a time limit on a student's access of the results. For example, you may allow a student 15 minutes to view the results after clicking the link. Check the checkbox to enable this option first, then enter the duration (in minutes).
View settings - question details
  1. Show Questions? - Choose whether the students see the questions, the answers and the question-specific scores.

    If you select YES (to show the questions), here are some of the related options:

    • Choose one of the following:
      • Show questions answered incorrectly
      • Show questions answered correctly
      • Show all questions without user responses
      • Show all questions with user responses
    • Show question answers.
    • Show question score and out of score.


View settings - score and statistics
  1. Score - choose whether students can see their scores (both for individual attempts and the overall score, if multiple attempts are permitted)

  2. Statistics - permit students to see the class average and/or the score distribution for this particular quiz.
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