Add a Quiz to the CLE

Follow the steps below to add a quiz activity to the CLE. Review the tabs below to learn how to configure quiz settings and how to add questions to the quiz activity.

  1. Log in to the CLE (
  2. Go to the CLE course where you would like to add the quiz.
  3. At the top-right of the course home page, turn Edit mode on.
  4. In the section where the quiz should be located, click the Add an activity or resource link (you can always move the quiz to another location later)
  5. From the list of Activities and Resources, select Quiz and the Adding a new quiz window will appear.
  6. Enter a name and (optional) description, then configure the settings to make sense for your quiz. To learn about settings, open the Configure Quiz Settings tab.
Configure Quiz Settings Add & Reorder Questions Flagging Questions


By default, quizzes are not limited by any timing restraints. With this setting, you can set a certain timeframe for the quiz to be available for learners. 

  • Open the quiz: If enabled, students can only start their attempt(s) after the open time, and they must complete their attempts before the close time. 
  • Close the quiz: After the closing time, the students will not be able to start new attempts. Answers that the student submits after the quiz closing date will be saved, but they will not be marked. Even after the quiz has closed, students will still be able to see the quiz description and review their attempts. What exactly they will see depends on the settings you choose for review options (see below).
  • Time limit: By default, quizzes do not have a time limit, which allows students as much time as they need to complete the quiz. If you do specify a time limit, several things are done to try and ensure that quizzes are completed within that time. 
    • If enabled, a  scrolling countdown timer will show the remaining time at the top of the quiz page.  
    • When the timer has run out, the quiz is submitted automatically with whatever answers have been filled in so far.
    • If a student goes over the allotted time, no marks are awarded for any answers entered after the time runs out.
  • When time expires

    There are three options to choose from in the instance that a student has not submitted the quiz before the time expires:

    • Open attempts are submitted automatically
    • There is a grace period when open attempts can be submitted, but no more questions are answered
    • attempts must be submitted before time expires, or they are not counted

    Best Practice

    Set up timing settings according to what applies to most students. You can make individual accommodations for students as needed. For details, please check out the article: set up User Overrides or Group Overrides to a Quiz. 


The 'attempts allowed' option sets the maximum number of attempts students get when taking quizzes in the CLE. This is another setting that can be updated for a student on an individual basis, so you should set the attempts allowed to whatever applies to most students in the class.


With the ‘New page’ setting, you can limit the number of questions that appear on one page as well as restrict how students can navigate through the quiz questions.

Best Practice

For shorter quizzes, leave all questions visible. For longer assessments, limit the number of questions to ten or fewer.

With the ‘Navigation method’ setting, you can select ‘Sequential’ to require that students answer each question in order without being able to return to a previous page or skip ahead. Otherwise, leave the default setting as ‘Free.’

Question Behavior

This setting allows you to control question behavior.

  • Shuffle within questions: for multiple choice questions. You can enable this so that the answer choices will be randomly shuffled anytime a student takes a quiz.
  • How questions behave: The default setting is 'Deferred feedback,' which means that students must answer each question and submit their answers before anything is graded and they receive any feedback.

Learn more about other question behavior options here. 

Review Options

These options control what feedback students can see either during a quiz attempt or when reviewing a past quiz attempt.

Best Practice

Instead of enabling settings that allow students to see correct responses once a quiz is submitted, schedule a review session with your students.

Review options:

  • The attempt: This will show how the student responded to each question.
  • Whether correct: Displays whether the student's response to each question is correct or incorrect.
  • Points: The numerical points for each question and the overall attempt score
  • Specific feedback: Feedback depends on what response the student gave.
  • General feedback: Displays the general feedback for the whole question as set when adding the question to the quiz.
  • Right answer: Reveals the correct answer to each question, whether the student answered correctly or not
  • Overall feedback: Displays feedback for the entire quiz as set in the quiz settings

For each of the above items, you can determine the timeframe when the students will see them.

Time periods for review options:

  • During the attempt: settings apply while the student is taking the quiz (only relevant for some behaviors, like interactive with multiple tries, which may display feedback during the attempt).
  • Immediately after the attempt: settings apply for the first two minutes after 'submit all and finish' is clicked.
  • Later, while the quiz is still open, settings apply after this and before the quiz close date.
  • After the quiz is closed: settings apply after the quiz close date has passed. This does not apply if the quiz does not have a close date.


This is where you can make some specific changes regarding quiz appearance.

  • Show the user’s picture: A student’s name and picture will be shown on-screen during the attempt and on the review screen (only applies to proctored quizzes, not relevant at this time).
  • Decimal places in grades: This option determines how many digits will be shown after the decimal separator (A setting of 0 means that the grades are displayed as integers. This setting is only used for the display of grades and does not affect grading).
  • Decimal places in question grades: This setting lets you have a different display of grades for each question compared to the quiz total (you may want to see the total as a whole number but still show fractional grades for each question).
  • Show blocks during quiz attempts: If set to yes, normal blocks will be shown during quiz attempts

Best Practice: Leave the 'Show blocks during quiz attempts' setting on default (no) so that the student is not distracted by the

Best Practice

Leave the 'Show blocks during quiz attempts' setting on default (no) so that the student is not distracted by the course blocks as they attempt the quiz.

Extra Restrictions on Attempts In this setting, you can set up either basic or advanced restrictions as a student is taking a quiz:

  • Require password: If you specify a password here, then participants must enter the same password before they are allowed to attempt the quiz. This is useful to give only a selected group of students access to the quiz.
  • Require network address: You can restrict access for a quiz to particular subnets on the network by specifying a comma-separated list of partial or full IP address numbers. It is not recommended to restrict access to specific network addresses. 
  • Browser security: This setting attempts to restrict how students can cheat while attempting a quiz. The default setting of full screen-pop up is recommended, as it will only allow the quiz to start if the student has a JavaScript-enabled web browser. Additionally, the quiz appears as a full-screen pop-up window that covers the other windows (though students can still minimize or move the browser), and this setting also limits the use of copy/paste.
  • Allow quiz to be attempted offline using the mobile app: If enabled, this setting allows students to download the quiz and attempt it offline.

Best Practice

  1. Leave the default setting for ‘Browser security’ as a Full-screen pop-up with some JavaScript security.
  2. Leave the default setting for the 'Show blocks during quiz attempts' setting as no so that the student is not distracted by the course blocks as they attempt the quiz.


Overall Feedback

You can add text here to display to the student upon completing the quiz. You can set specific boundaries and change the message depending on the student's grade. If you add text to this field and the boundary is set at 100% (maximum) and 0% (minimum), all students will receive the message you enter.

Remember to enable “overall feedback” in the ‘Review Options’ setting if you choose to display overall feedback.

Common Module Settings

In this setting, you can customize how the quiz is available to learners, add an ID number, and set the quiz to Group mode.


  • Show on course page: The activity or resource is available to students (subject to any access restrictions which may be set).
  • Hide from students: The activity or resource is only available to users with permission to view hidden activities (by default, users with the role of teacher or non-editing teacher).
  • Make available but not shown on course page: For simplifying the course page. A link to the activity or resource must be provided from elsewhere, such as from a page resource. The activity is still listed in the gradebook and other reports.

ID number: Used to identify a quiz for grade calculations in the gradebook, can be left blank.

Group mode:

  • No groups: There are no groups, and all students submit their individual activities in one area.
  • Separate groups: Students submit their activity, and teachers/trainers can sort submissions by Group or view All Participants.
  • Visible groups: All students submit their assignment within a single Assignment area but may choose which Group to associate their submission with before uploading. Teachers/trainers can sort submissions by Group or view All Participants.

Restrict Access The ‘restrict access’ setting enables teachers to restrict the availability of activities such as quizzes according to certain conditions such as dates, grades obtained, and group or activity completion.

Learn more about specific restrictions here. 

Activity Completion

This setting allows you to set completion criteria for the quiz activity. A tick box appears next to the quiz when the student meets the set criteria.

Activity completion options:

  • Do not indicate activity completion: There is no option to mark the quiz as complete, manually or otherwise.
  • Students can manually mark the activity as completed: Students have the option to mark the activity as complete without any requirements being met.
  • Show activity as complete when conditions are met: The optional conditions are: requiring students to view the activity, students must receive a grade, students must receive a passing grade, or they’ve attempted the quiz as many times as allowed.


Tags are used to connect content from various activities within courses, not just quizzes or quiz questions. You can tag forum posts, resources, and more.

Learn more about the tagging feature here.


Turnitin plagiarism plugin settings

When Turnitin is enabled for a quiz, the system will generate a Similarity Report for every answer to an Essay-style question. Each essay question is its own submission and will be compared with the database.

To add Turnitin, please change the 'Enable Turnitin' setting to Yes. Once added, Similarity Reports will generate whenever a student finishes their quiz and selects the 'Submit all and finish' button.

Similarity reports can be found when viewing the student's attempt. Select the similarity score to open the Turnitin viewer for more details on any matches.

Was this topic helpful?

Have more questions? Contact us