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How do I create a quiz in Brightspace?


In Brightspace, the Quizzes tool enables you to conduct quizzes, tests, and exams in an online format.  Some question types, such as multiple choice and true/false, can be auto-graded by Brightspace.

Create A Quiz

  1. From the course navigation bar, click Course Tools and select Quizzes from the drop-down.
  2. Click New Quiz near the top-left of the screen.

Properties Tab

  1. From the Properties tab, enter a name for the quiz and, optionally, select a category if you use Quiz categories to organize/group related quizzes.

    PLEASE NOTE:  This category does not relate to categories in the gradebook.
  2. Click the Add/Edit Questions button to begin adding questions to the assessment.
  3. Click the Add button, select New Question from the drop-down, and choose the format of the question you would like to create. Click the Import button if your questions already exist in the question library or are in a Brightspace ready file format ready to upload.
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  4. After creating your questions, click Back to Settings for test.

Restrictions Tab

  1. From the Restrictions tab, you can set the availability of the quiz. By default, the quiz is set to be hidden from students. To make it visible, uncheck Hide from Users.

    Checking the box next to the ‘Has Start Date’ and ‘Has End Date’ options will enable you to make the quiz available for students to complete only between the days and times you establish here.  You can also set a Due Date if appropriate.

    PLEASE NOTE:  The Hide from Users setting must be unchecked for the quiz to be available to students during the timeframe you establish.
  2. Release Conditions enable you to restrict the visibility of a quiz until students have met one or more established criteria. An example of this might be creating a release condition requiring that students have submitted to an assignment.  Once they submit that assignment, the quiz will become visible to them.
  3. The Timing feature enables you to set how long students have to complete the quiz. A ‘Recommended Time Limit’ is a general guideline for students as to how long the quiz should take.  An ‘Enforced Time Limit’ will flag a quiz as late if it was submitted after the grace period.  You can then select what action you would like to happen after the grace period ends.  The grace period is time in addition to what you enter as the Enforced Time Limit.
  4. Special Access settings enable you to extend time/availability of the quiz for specific students. This is often used to meet accommodation needs. Please visit Purdue’s Brightspace documentation webpage for more information on establishing time accommodations for quizzes.

Assessment Tab

  1. From the Assessment tab, you will find settings for how the quiz should be graded, selecting or creating the grade item (column) the quiz should be attached to, the number of attempts allowed, and how the overall grade should be calculated.

    PLEASE NOTE:  If a quiz should be linked to the grade book, it is important that a grade item be selected or created.  We recommend clicking the question mark icons to the right of each Assessment option to see which may be advantageous for you to select.

Submission Views Tab

Submission Views are used to customize what students see upon submitting their quiz attempt.  The default will be that students do not see quiz answers upon completion, only their score.

  1. If your quiz contains primarily auto-gradable question types (i.e. multiple choice, true/false, etc.) and you would like students to see the quiz answers immediately upon submitting their quiz, click Default View. If you would like students to see the quiz answers after a certain date and time (i.e. after the quiz has ended or after all students have taken the quiz), click Add Additional View.
  2. On the subsequent page, customize the level of question detail that should be visible to students. If you chose Add Additional View, name the submission view and enter the date and time at which the answers should become available to students.  Click Save when finished.
  3. Submission Views will not take effect until quiz scores have been published. If you would like that publish to occur automatically, click the Assessment tab.  Ensure the Automatically Publish Evaluation setting is checked; that a grade item has been established; and that the Synchronize to Grade Book setting is checked.
  4. Click Save and Close when finished.

PLEASE NOTE:  Students will be able to view the quiz answers and feedback by going to Course Tools > Quizzes.  These details will not be available to them from the gradebook.


Add A Quiz To A Course Module

The Quizzes area under Course Tools lists all of the quizzes within the course.  You can insert them into a Content module in order to list them with related content.

  1. From the course navigation bar, click Content and navigate to the module location where the quiz should reside.

  2. Click Existing Activities and select Quizzes from the drop-down.
  3. Locate and click the quiz you would like to insert.

Last Updated: 3/3/2022