Enable Turnitin for Quiz Essay Questions

When you create a Quiz question with specific settings, they are automatically stored and applied to the next question. The Turnitin Plagiarism Detector can verify the academic integrity of Essay question answers. Each essay question is its own submission; if students use the same answer for each question, they will match. 

We strongly advise utilizing the CLE Quiz functionality for feedback, ensuring consistency and easy access for students. However, if you prefer to use Turnitin's Feedback Studio for marking and providing feedback, please consider setting up a Turnitin Assignment instead of a CLE Quiz. In this case, restrict the use of Turnitin's features solely to the Similarity Check. All other feedback and marks should be given through the CLE Quiz feedback system. This approach will help maintain a seamless experience for both students and instructors.

To enable the Turnitin plagiarism detector:

  1. Turn Edit mode on your CLE course.
  2. Add an activity or resource and choose Quiz.
  3. Ensure the Settings reflect your requirements. Expand Turnitin plagiarism plugin settings. By default, Turnitin will not be automatically enabled for new Quiz instances, you will need to change the Enable Turnitin setting to Yes.
  4. Some Turnitin settings to flag up:
    • Originality Report Options > Store Student Papers :

      • Standard Repository: Student papers submitted to this assignment are stored in Turnitin and checked against other students' submissions within this assignment, as well as other sources.

      • No repository - (not stored in Turnitin, for drafts/testing): The submission is not stored in Turnitin, so student submissions will not be checked against each other, though they will be checked against other sources. Use No repository for testing Turnitin and for drafts, so other (standard repository) submissions won't be matched to it.

A screenshot of the Turnitin plagiarism plugin settings in a new quiz in a CLE course.png

Note: A 'Similarity Report' will not be generated until you choose at least one comparison option. This functionality can only be enabled for new quizzes. If you wish to use an existing quiz and enable Turnitin, please duplicate an existing quiz.

Once a student has submitted, you can check the similarity scores for each student by clicking Review for the student attempt and scrolling down to the question.  The Turnitin status and score will be displayed below the essay question.

Similarity Report for Essay Questions

  • When a student completes their quiz and clicks the 'Submit all and finish' button, a Similarity Report is generated.  
  • A Similarity Report can be found when viewing the student's attempt.  

A screenshot of the student's attempt in an essay question in a CLE course.png

  • The plagiarism percentage sign appears beneath the student's response, and the same text appears beside each attachment.  
  • Click on either pencil icon to review the full Turnitin report.

A screenshot of the Turnitin plagiarism similarity report for a specific student in an essay quiz in a CLE course.png


  • Students will not receive a digital email receipt upon submission.
  • Students will not be asked to accept a plagiarism declaration upon submission.  Please ensure your quiz/exam description highlights the use of Turnitin on your quiz.
  • Students must not paste images or graphs into their responses as these will break when attempting to display.  Students should use the native text editor in Moodle to add images or graphs.
  • Turnitin requires a minimum of 20 words to generate a similarity report.  You can enforce a Minimum word limit in the Response Options for the individual Essay quiz question Settings.

A screenshot of the Turnitin plagiarism plugin response options settings in a new quiz in a CLE course.png

  • If you Allow attachments in the individual essay quiz question settings, this document will also be added to the Turnitin database, and a similarity score will be generated for it, however, to prevent any incompatible file or display issues, we recommend students do not submit attachments. If you plan to allow students to attach files, please ensure to set Allow any file type to Yes in the main quiz settings for your quiz.

A screenshot of the Turnitin plagiarism plugin file attachment options settings in a new quiz in a CLE course.png

Learn more about the Essay question type.


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