This process covers adding questions to a quiz already you've already created, and assumes you also have questions ready in your question bank.

There are three major steps to creating a quiz: 

  1. Creating a question bank (see separate topic)
  2. Creating the Quiz activity and specifying name, timing, grading, and other details (see separate topic)
  3. Adding questions to the quiz 

This video walks through adding questions to a quiz:

You can get to the screen to edit your quiz different ways:

While you're creating or editing settings for the quiz (Settings tab):

  • Click the Save and display button at the bottom of the screen.

From the main Course page (in the Teacher role)

  • Click on your quiz from the course home page; or
  • Click Quizzes in the Activities block, then click on the quiz.

If there are no questions, click the Add question button: 

Click on the quiz then click the Add question button

If there are questions already on your quiz, click the Questions tab in the menu along the top:

If there are questions on the quiz, click on the quiz then click the questions tab along to top 

Either will land you on the Questions screen, where you can add/remove questions, control pagination, create section headings for your quiz, set the max grade for your quiz, adjust points awarded for each question, and control shuffling and randomization of questions:

Editing the Quiz

  1. The Maximum grade for the quiz defaults to 100. The total number of points based on the questions currently on the quiz is shown. If you change the Maximum grade, click the Save button to save your changes.
  2. Click the pencil icon to edit the heading, which appears above the quiz navigation for the students.
    • You can add other section headings to create sections for your quiz. After you have at least 2 questions added to your quiz, click the Add menu below a question that is not the last one: click + a new section heading and then click the pencil to title the section.
  3. Check the Shuffle option at the top to shuffle all questions on the quiz. If you've added a section to your quiz, you can also tick Shuffle within the section to shuffle only the questions within that section. 

    Shuffle vs Random Question

    Shuffle means that the questions you have placed on the quiz (or within the section) will be displayed in a random order each time the quiz is attempted. In the Shuffle scenario, the questions are not random; only the order they are presented on the quiz is. Placing random questions on the quiz is different, and is discussed below.

  4. Next, click the Add menu on the right side of the screen to add:
  5. The number of questions per page can be as specified in the Settings tab on the quiz, or arranged on the Questions page with the add/remove page break icons at the left.

    • Move questions up or down by dragging the move icon (cross with arrows in 4 directions).

    • Questions can be moved to different pages and sections.

    • Click the Repaginate button to distribute questions per page.
    • Click the Select multiple items button to display checkboxes, check the boxes for questions you want to remove from the quiz, then click the Delete selected button; or click Cancel go back.
    • Page breaks can be added or removed by the icons to the left and between the move icons.

    • Click the gear icon for questions to edit them.
    • Choose which version of the question to include on the quiz.
    • Click the magnifying glass icon to preview how the question will be displayed on a quiz. This is only available for non-random questions. For random questions, click See questions to see all possible question candidates in the category.
    • Click the trash can icon to remove it from the Quiz.
    • Click the pencil icon by the point value for the question to edit it, then press Enter key.

A new question

You can create a new question from scratch here (strongly not recommended), which you can save in the Question bank (by choosing a category under Course) or save it with the Quiz (by choosing Default for [Quiz name]).


It is strongly recommended that you add all of your questions in the Question bank, and not compose them in the context of adding a quiz. If you create/save questions to the Quiz and not to the Question bank, you can move them later, but it's not straightforward. What's worse, those questions will only be available on THAT quiz until/unless you move them. Not helpful when you want to re-use questions from all the quizzes on the final exam. So, get in the habit of keeping the three steps separate and in order: Create the Question bank, Create the Quiz, and Add questions to the Quiz (this page).

From question bank

Select a category. Use the dropdown menu to select a category or subcategory in your Question bank, or Filter by tags if your Question bank is set up with tags.

  • To add a single question to the quiz, click the plus (+) sign to the left of the question.
  • To add multiple questions to the quiz, select the checkboxes for the questions you want, then click the Add selected questions to the quiz button.
    Options for adding a question from the question bank

Random question

Each Random question you add to your quiz is 1 question randomly selected from the pool of questions you specify. You can add as many Random questions from the same category as there are questions in that category that meet your selection criteria. 

  1. When you click Add + a random question, the setup screen is displayed.
    Options for adding a random question from the question bank
  2. Select the category for the pool of questions from which a random question will be pulled.
  3. Check the option to Include questions from subcategories too if you want. All the subcategories of the selected one will be used.
  4. You can filter to select only questions with one or more specific Tags.
  5. Specify the Number of random questions to be added from this pool to your quiz. In the example above the largest number that should be select is 11. That is, you can't draw more question than exist in the category or selection.
  6. The number of questions and the names of the questions that match your selection criteria are displayed.

    This screen will let you select a Number of random questions that is larger than the number of questions that meet the selection pool criteria. An error will be displayed when you Preview or Attempt the quiz. Delete random questions from your quiz until there are fewer (or at most as many) than the number of questions in the Question bank that meet the selection criteria. 

  7. Click the Add random question button. A Random question with the category in parentheses will be added to your quiz for the Number of random questions specified in step 5.

Preview the quiz

NOTE: It is highly recommend that instructors always preview the quiz before making it available to students.

To preview your quiz, select Preview from the gear icon on the main quiz page. Previewing a quiz displays the questions, navigation, and the timer if a time limit has been set.

To preview a quiz slick on the quiz tab then the preview quiz button

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