Canvas How-To: Quizzes

Note: the words "quiz," "test," "exam," etc. all represent the same thing in Canvas.  They are all configured using the Quiz tool.

Creating a Quiz

In Canvas, quizzes are created in three phases:

  1. Create questions in the Question Bank of the course. Do this for maximum flexibility in assembling the questions into a quiz. For any kind of randomization of questions during the quiz, question banks must be used.
  2. Create the quiz shell with the details of the experience (dates, time limit, etc.)
  3. Add questions to the shell by locating them in the Question Bank(s).

Phase 1: Create Questions

From the Quizzes page in a course, open the action menu and choose Manage Question Banks. On that page, you can add a new question bank, and then create questions in the bank.

Question Banks are larger groups in which you may house multiple question items and types based on topics you need for your course.

Former Blackboard User Tip: Canvas's Question Bank performs the same function as Pools in Blackboard.

How do I create a Question Bank in a Course?

How do I use the Quizzes Index Page?

Canvas Question Types

Canvas has all of the most-common question types that were available in Blackboard.

List of Canvas question types

What kinds of question types can I create in Canvas?

Phase 2: Configuring Quiz Details

Quizzes have two major settings to focus on: the Quiz Type and the Quiz Options. Canvas has four major Quiz Types for you to explore and then corresponding settings to enable their use. There are also many options that can be configured as desired, including time limits, multiple attempts, and open/close dates. Click Details to get started.

Canvas quiz details tab

Use the same Quiz tool for practice quizzes and various survey/questionnaire activities.

Canvas quiz types

What Quiz Types can I create in a Course?

What Options can I set in a Quiz?

Phase 3: Adding Questions to a Quiz

Click the Questions tab on the Quiz settings page to begin adding questions to the quiz. Use this page to find questions in your question banks and add them to this quiz.  You can also add a Question Group, which will pull a random subset of questions from a selected question bank.

Drag and drop questions and question groups to reorder their appearance in the quiz.

Canvas quiz question assembly page

How do I create a Quiz by finding questions in a Question Bank?

How do I create a Quiz with a Question Group to randomize questions?

Grading and Regrading Quizzes

Grading for quizzes of most preset question types is done atutomatically after students take their quiz. The Quiz Options allow you to set times or opportunities for students to view their answers and feedback. Essay type or file upload questions will require you to manually grade the content using SpeedGrader. You may wish to review our guides on using SpeedGrader if you have trouble.

Regrading quizzes because you might have accidently indicated the wrong correct answer in a question is primarily done by the question type. Use these guides to explore how to regrade:

What options can I use to Regrade a Quiz in a Course?

Viewing Quiz Results

Quiz results are easily viewed and analyized using Canvas' Quiz Statistics feature. For detailed guides on how to use these tools and what some of the information means, please use the following guides:

How do I view student results in a Quiz?

How do I view a quiz log for a student? 

Giving extra quiz time

Students needing extra time because of special circumstance can be accommodated accordingly. You will use the Moderate this Quiz option after clicking on the quiz title. This is similar to the Availability Exception in Blackboard.  Different students can each be given different time extensions, if necessary.

How can I give my students extra time?