Quizzes: Checklist for Launching a Quiz

The following are some properties you should check before launching your quiz in your course.

Check Quiz Settings

  1. From within your course, select Activities then click Quizzes.
  2. Select the Quiz Title for the quiz you want to launch.

On the Properties Tab

  • Quiz Questions Per Page – If you do not want students to see the entire quiz at once, enter the number of questions to display per page. If desired, check the box to Prevent moving backwards through pages
    Questions Per Page
  • Review the question/answers and point value for each quiz question.  Click Add/Edit Questions to revise any question content. Click “Edit Values” to change any values.
  • Optional: Turn on and type a Description for the quiz. The description is shown before quiz availability.
  • Optional: Turn on and type an Introduction to the quiz. The introduction is shown at quiz commencement.
  • Optional: Turn on and type a Page Header. The page header is shown at the top of every page.
  • Optional: Turn on and Type a Page Footer. The page footer is shown at the bottom of every page.
  • Set your Optional Advanced Properties: Check the boxes for (or leave unchecked)
    • Allow hints, Disable right click (Recommended to Prevent Cheating), and Disable instant messages and alerts (Recommended to Prevent Cheating)
  • Click SAVE (Not Save and Close)

On the Restrictions Tab

  • Set Status to Active.
    Quiz Active Status
  • Set the Quiz Availability. This is important so students do not access the quiz before the quiz date/time. Add a Start and End Date for the Quiz and check the box to Display in Calendar, so students see this on their calendar and receive reminders. Add a Due Date to the quiz if the End Date is later than the Due Date. Any quizzes completed after the due date are flagged in the system.
    Quiz Availability
  • (Optional) Set Release Conditions. Create and Attach release conditions.
    Quiz Release Conditions
  • (Optional) Set Advanced Restrictions: Set a Password or IP Restrictions.
    Quiz Advanced Restrictions
  • Set Timing and Late Behavior Preferences: Enforce a Time Limit: Enter the time limit in minutes and Grace Period;  Set the appropriate option for Late Behavior.   When grading quiz submissions if a student submits an attempts after the due date the quiz will be marked as Submitted Late. If a student submits a quiz past the time limit the quiz will be marked as Exceeded Time Limit.
    Quiz Timing
  • Set Special Access for Quiz, if needed. This will allow users you indicate to have a different quiz start/end date, and time limit. Instructors can use this for students who have accommodations, as well as to set different quiz dates for sections, for example.
    Quiz Special Access
  • Click SAVE (Not Save and Close)

On the Assessment Tab

  • Set your Grading Preferences
    Quiz Grading Preferences

    • If you want the quiz to send scores to the gradebook, check the box for Automatic Grade: Allow attempt to be set as graded immediately upon completion – Check this box if you would like students to see their score as soon as they submit their attempt. The score displayed is only what the system can auto-grade. This setting must be turned on for grades to be automatically sent to the grade book, and for the default submission view to be released to users when they complete an attempt.NOTE: If you have a quiz that has to partially be manually graded, such as 2/3 of the quiz is multiple choice or True/False, then the last 1/3 is essay, you might want to keep this option Unchecked. This could avoid panic by students seeing a partial quiz score.
    • Grade Item:  Select the Grade Item in the Grades Tool that you want to associate to this Quiz. If you do not already have a Grade Item created, select Add Grade Item.  Associating a grade item with a quiz allows quiz results to be automatically linked to the Grades tool. Quizzes that contain all bonus questions will not be linked to the specified grade item.
    • Auto Export to Grades: Allow automatic export to grades. When Allow automatic export to grades is enabled, the system can send auto-graded attempt scores directly to the grade book. This requires that a grade item is associated with the quiz. If Allow attempt score to be seen immediately upon completion is not enabled, you must set attempts as marked in the Grade Quiz page to populate the grade book with attempt scores.
  • (Optional) Add Rubric (or Create Rubric).
  • Set Attempts and Overall Grade Calculation. Select the number of attempts a student has to take the Quiz. Choose between Unlimited and 1-10. Click Apply.  Then select the Overall Grade Calculation: Highest Attempt, Lowest Attempt, Average of All Attempts, First Attempt, Last Attempt.
    Quiz Attempts
  • Click SAVE (Not Save and Close)

On the Objectives Tab

(Optional) Associate Learning Objectives

On the Submission Views Tab

  • Decide on your submission view. This is one way for students to get quiz feedback. By Default, students will not be able to see any questions/answers upon submission of their quiz. They will see their score, once graded. There is no way to allow students to access a submission view for a set amount of time on a given date. Your best option is to set the date availability for a submission view and then manually turn off the submission view when you no longer want students to access the submission
    Default Submissions View

If you would like to modify the Default View, select the blue link for Default View.  Make any modifications as desired.

Alternatively, if you would like to set up an Additional view, click Add Additional View. This will allow the instructor to decide what students see and when. This includes the following:

  • Date/time students can view the quiz results.
  • IP Restrictions (if you used this in the Quiz Restrictions)
  • Limit the amount of time (in minutes) for which this view is available AFTER the quiz is submitted.
  • View Details: Show Questions – Yes/No. If Yes – there are many options for what students see including correct/incorrect questions/answers, etc.
  • Score – Show attempt score and overall attempt score.
  • Statistics including Class Average and Score Distribution.
Additional Submission View

Save and Close.

Check Grades Tool Setup

  • Select Grades, then Manage Grades.
  • Locate the Quiz/Exam title and make sure in the Association column it says Quizzes. Learn more about Associating a Quiz to a Grade Item.
    Quizzes Association
  • Then click the context menu (little arrow) to the right of the quiz title, and select Edit Grade Item.
  • Check the settings to confirm the point value matches what is listed in the Quiz.


It’s important to know what you consider cheating, let your students know how to get help during the Quiz, and know what to expect.

Recommendations to add to your syllabus when using online exams:

  • What do you (faculty) consider cheating? (Collaboration, printing exam, sharing answers, plagiarism)
  • What you (faculty) will do for students who need extra time for the exam Identify tentative dates and time allotted for exam deployment
  • What constitutes as an emergency that you (faculty) would consider resetting the exam or allocating additional time.
  • Ask students to have a back up (another computer) plan in case their computer stops working.
  • Remind students to periodically SAVE their answers when taking an online exam.
    • Example messaging: Please be sure to save your online exam often to ensure the TCU Online system saves all of your work. TCU’s authentication into TCU Online times out after 45 minutes, so saving is essential.  Saving your online exam will “reset” the timeout clock to zero. 

Recommendations to provide to students one week before Exam is deployed:

Create an announcement, content topic, or place in the Description text for the Quiz with information about your online exams that includes:

  • Estimate amount of questions students should expect
  • Identify the dates of the exam will be available and the time allotted for the exam
  • Identify if there are multiple pages to the online exam
  • Be specific on what counts as an emergency to have the exam reset or to have additional time added.
  • Ask students to have a “back up” plan incase the computer they normally use is not available. For fully online classes, students should always have a Plan B to ensure work can be completed.
  • Discuss what calculates as cheating
  • Discuss when and where students can view their grades from the exam
  • Discuss how to student’s receive help from TCU Online helpdesk if the exam fails or there is technology issues
  • Provide information on how students should notify you if they are having trouble with the exam (email, phone call)Example Announcement or Information for a Content Topic: Your exam will open Friday April 2 at 12:01 a.m. and close Sunday April 4 at 11:59 p.m. You have 2.5 hours to complete the exam. You can only take the exam one time.There will be no more than 70 questions on the exam. Expect no more than 4 pages of questions on your exam. You will need to select the page number in the exam to move to that page.Plan appropriately when taking the exam. Refer to the syllabus about my policy on online exams, what constitutes as an emergency.

Recommendations to provide to students one day before Exam is deployed

Email all information (copy and paste) from the information you posted one week before the exam to the students.

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