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The Quizzes tool enables you to create and manage assessments of students' learning. You can create questions in your course's Question Library, choose the questions to include in a particular quiz, and set up grading options.


  • Create quiz questions in the Question Library in your course, then import those questions into your quiz.
    • Creating a library of questions allows you to import questions into your quiz in random order.
    • The same questions can be used in multiples quizzes without having to re-create the questions.

  • Organize your quiz questions in sections (aka folders) in the Question Library by topic, by chapter or unit, or use your own organizational scheme.

  • Create a title for each question to easily locate specific questions to include in your quizzes.

  • Preview multiple times before making the quiz available to students.
    • Before opening the quiz to students, correct any formatting errors, typos, and any other issues you notice that may cause confusion for students during the quiz.
    • Correcting questions or answers while the quiz is in progress is not recommended.

Deterring Students From Cheating

Consider asking open-ended questions or assigning papers and projects rather than using multiple-choice exams as your major assessments. Multiple assessments and different assessment types also deter cheating. Contact to discuss additional strategies.

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Creating Sections and Questions

Quiz questions can be created in the Question Library in folders called sections. From there, they can easily be imported into D2L quizzes. The advantages of using the Question Library are that the same questions can be used in multiple quizzes and questions can be imported into quizzes or exams in random order so students see questions in a different order than classmates do.

Sections allow instructors to organize questions in the Question Library. You can create sections or folders relating to specific topic areas, by quiz or exam, or organized by the type of question.

  1. On the navigation bar, click Quizzes.

  2. Click Question Library.

  3. Press New and select Section from the dropdown menu.


  4. In the Name text box, type a name for the section.

  5. Click Save. The section now appears in the Question Library.

  6. Click on the section or folder name, then begin creating questions in the section.

The D2L Quiz Question documentation explains how to create the five most commonly used quiz questions:

It is possible for D2L administrators to import new quiz questions from a properly-formatted Word document. To learn about formatting the questions you wish to import, view the Standard Format for Importing Questions documentation.

Creating a Quiz

  1. On the navigation bar, select Quizzes.

  2. Click New Quiz.

  3. In the Name field of the Properties tab, type a name for the quiz.

  4. Optional: Select a category.

  5. Import questions from the Question Library. See the Importing Questions section below.

  6. Recommended: Check "Disable right click" in Optional Advanced Properties so students cannot easily print the quiz.

    optional advanced properties

  7. Press Save at the bottom of the Properties tab.

  8. Click on the Restrictions tab to set timing-related options.

  9. Activate the quiz by choosing Active in the Status pulldown menu. Students cannot see inactive quizzes.

  10. Click the Has Start Date and Has End Date checkboxes to add start and end dates to your quiz. Use the pull-down menu to adjust the dates and times. This sets the quiz window, the period of time which the student has to access the quiz.

  11. In the Timing section, limit the amount of time students have to take the quiz :
  • In the Time Limit text box, enter the number of minutes allowed for the quiz.
    Recommended: Allow normal submission for late submissions.
  • Also, click the checkboxes in front of enforced and show clock.

Late Submission Options:

  • Allow normal submission
    • Quiz is flagged as late but students can continue answering questions and saving answers in the quiz. Instructors can see which students submitted late but there is no automatic points reduction for late submissions.

  • Use late limit of [X] minutes
    • Quiz is flagged as late but students can continue answering questions and saving answers. A score of zero is automatically assigned after the period of time specified in the Late Limit dropdown list expires.

  • Auto-Submit Attempt
    • Quiz is flagged as late. Students are prevented from making further changes (i.e., answering additional questions, saving answers) after the grace period expires. The only action students can take after the grace period expires is to submit the quiz.
  1. Optional: You may set Advanced Availability options to allow some students a different quiz window and submission options from the rest of the class. You may also increase the time limit for students with documented reading disabilities.

    To do this, select the radio button in front of Allow selected users special access to this quiz:

    • Press the Add Users to Special Access button to access the Add Special Access to Quiz page.

      Quiz Advanced Availability section
    • On the Add Special Access to Quiz page, choose the start date and time and the end date and time.

    • Check the checkbox in front of Assign special time limit, then enter the number of minutes to allow.

    • Assign a special grace period in minutes if desired.

    • Assign a special late submission options if desired

    • In the lower part of the screen, check the students for whom this special access should be given.

    • Press Add Special Access.

    • You will be returned to the Restrictions tab. The names of the students for whom special access is granted will appear below the Advanced Availability section.

    Quiz Advanced Availability

  1. When you have finished making changes, press Save.

  2. Click on the Assessment tab.

  3. Recommended: Link to a grade item on the Assessment tab:
    • Select the grade item for this quiz from the Grade Item pull-down menu
    • Create a grade item for this quiz by clicking [add grade item]
    • Fill out the dialog box as appropriate
      Tip: The points entered in the grade item for this quiz must equal the total points for the questions offered in the quiz.
  4. Recommended: If you want the quiz to be automatically graded and scores sent to the Grades tool, select Automatic Grade and Auto Export to Grades.

  5. Set the number of times students can take a quiz in the Attempts Allowed dropdown menu. The default number of quiz attempts is 1.

  6. Press Save.

  7. Optional: To make quiz results available to students, access the Submission Views tab. Refer to the steps in the Submission View Settings section below.

Editing a Quiz

To edit an existing quiz:

  1. Click on Quizzes on the course navigation bar.

  2. Click on the title of the quiz to be edited: Quiz title

  3. The Properties tab of the quiz appears. You may make changes on this tab and on any of the other tabs of the quiz.

  4. Press Save at the bottom of the page to retain your changes. Or, press Save and Close to retain your changes and return to the list of quizzes.

Bulk Editing

The bulk edit feature in the D2L Quizzes tool allows instructors to update specific quiz attributes including quiz titles, quiz categories, active/inactive status, and number of attempts.

To access this feature:

  1. Click on the topmost checkbox above the list of quizzes to select all quizzes.
    Bulk edit
  2. Then press the Bulk Edit button.
    Bulk edit
  3. The Quizzes bulk edit page appears.
  4. Quiz bulk edit
  5. Make the needed changes on this page.

  6. Press Save to retain your edits.

Importing Questions

You can import questions into a quiz from the Question Library. Questions will not be randomized so all students taking the quiz will see the same questions in the same order.

To import questions into your quiz, click on the name of the desired quiz in the Quizzes tool:

  1. On the Properties tab, scroll down to the Quiz Questions section; press the button labeled Add/Edit Questions.

  2. Press the Import button.

  3. From Source Collection dropdown menu, select Question Library.

  4. Select the Source Section that contains the quiz questions to be imported.

  5. A list of questions will appear.

  6. Check the checkboxes in front of the questions to be imported into this quiz.
    OR, choose the topmost checkbox to select all questions.

  7. Press Save. Your questions are now imported in to the quiz.

  8. Press Done Editing Questions.

  9. You are returned to the Properties tab of the quiz. Press Save.

Importing Questions in Random Order

This option allows you to present questions to students in no set order in a quiz. Students will then see all selected questions or a subset of all questions randomly, depending on the number of questions in the question set and the number of questions you specify for each attempt.

Create your questions in the Question Library first, then create your quiz:

  • Random sections or folders can only be created within an existing quiz so you must create a quiz before you can create a random folder.
  • You cannot create new questions within random section folders.
  • Questions imported into a random folder must all be assigned the same point value.
  • You may create multiple random folders in a quiz if needed. You may also mix random sections with specific questions in a quiz.

To import quiz questions randomly:

  1. On the Properties tab of the quiz, press the Add/Edit Questions button.

  2. Click on the New button and select Random Section from the dropdown menu.

  3. The New Random Section page appears.

  4. Type a title for the random section.
    Students do not see the title so keep it simple, e.g., Random.

  5. Press Save.

  6. A purple folder appears in the list.
    Random question folder
  7. Click on the purple folder to open it.
    Note: If you miss this step, the quiz questions will not be presented to students in random order.

  8. Press Import and wait a bit.
    Random Question Import
  9. The Source Section dropdown appears. From that dropdown, choose Collection Root or a specific question folder of your choice:
    Import to random folder
  10. Wait a moment; the list of questions and/or folder(s) appears.

  11. Check the checkboxes in front of the questions or the folders containing questions that you want to import into the random folder.

    Random import question list
  12. Press Save.

  13. Above the question list, specify the number of questions that should be presented to each student.
    Random question import-set number of questions and points

  14. Also indicate the point value to assign to each question in the random folder.

  15. Press Save.

  16. Choose the "Done Editing Questions" link in upper right to return to the Properties tab of your quiz.

  17. Optional: Set the number of questions to display on each page of the quiz.
    The default is all questions on one page.

  18. Optional: Check the box in front of "Prevent moving backwards through pages".
    Quiz layout options
  19. Press Save.

  20. Preview your quiz as your students will see it to locate and correct typos, formatting errors, etc. before students access the quiz
    Choose Preview from the dropdown menu accessed by clicking on the arrow Arrow to the right of quiz name at the top of the page.

Submission Views Settings

Using Submission Views, you can set options for displaying to students results of graded quiz attempts. Students only see their own quiz results. Those students who do not take the quiz will not have access to the answer views.

  1. In the Quizzes tool, click on the name of the desired quiz or exam.

  2. On the page that appears, select the Submission Views tab.

  3. The Default view settings display. The default settings allow students to see their own grade on the quiz, immediately after submitting the quiz.

  4. To edit the default view, click the linked Default View text.
    OR to create a new view, click Add Additional View.

    Note: The availability of the default quiz submission view begins at the time of the student's submission. By default, all quizzes are set up to only display overall scores immediately after submitting the quiz.

  5. In the additional view, name the view (e.g., Answers) and choose the date and time that the answers should become available to students.

    New: When creating an additional view, you may now limit the amount of time students have to view their answers with the Limited Duration option. See the next section on the Limited Duration for specific and important details about this option.

    limited duration

  6. Scroll down to the View Details section; under Show Questions?, choose Yes.
    1. You may choose to show all the questions on the quiz, just the questions answered incorrectly, or only those answered correctly.
    2. You may also allow students to view their own responses to the questions you display, i.e., Show all questions with user responses.
    3. In addition, you can allow students to see the correct answers for each question you display, i.e., Show question answers.

  7. You may display the points earned on each quiz question as well as the total points for each question, i.e., Show question score and out of score.

  8. In the Score section, select Show attempt score and overall attempt score to each student their total earned points on this quiz.

    Note: When students view their graded submissions, they will also have the option to View Feedback for questions in which comments were created.
  1. Once you have chosen the desired settings, click Save.

  2. To turn off student access to questions and answers, press Add Additional View to create another submission view, setting the date and time you want student access to answers to disappear.

Limited Duration Option in Submissions Views

The Limited Duration option is a newer feature in D2L. This option allows you to set a specific maximum amount of time in minutes during which students may view quiz question and answer details (submissions view) immediately after submitting the quiz. Each student will be able to view the submissions information until the time runs out. The intent is to allow students an equal amount of time to view the quiz submissions view after completing the quiz.

This option should be set up before any students take the quiz. If set up later, those students who have already submitted the quiz will not be able to access the questions and answers.

Also, it is important to notify your students when you use this option so they know they can only view the questions and answers immediately after taking the quiz. They will not have the option to return to the quiz later to view those questions and answers as they can when this option is not selected.

If your normal practice is to make quiz submissions information available to students after the quiz period ends, then do not use the limited duration option. Students will not be able to view question and answer details after the quiz period has ended.

To set up the limited duration option in a quiz submissions view:

  1. In Quizzes, click on the name of the desired quiz in the list of quizzes.

  2. Select the Submissions View tab.

  3. Press Add Additional View.

  4. Type a name for this submissions view, e.g., Answer View (students do not see this name).

  5. In the View Restrictions section, set the start date and start time for the submissions view; the date and time should correspond to the quiz start date and time.

  6. Check the Limited Duration checkbox.

  7. The minutes field will then appear below the checkbox. Type the maximum number of minutes you want students to have to view the questions and answers.

  8. Choose the options you prefer in the View Details section in the lower half of the page.

  9. Press SAVE.

Previewing Quizzes

Once you create your quiz or exam, it is very important to preview it multiple times to view it from the student perspective. Previewing can help you locate spelling, grammar, and formatting errors, missed images or instructions, and other errors. Resolving these issues before students begin taking the quiz or exam means a better experience for students.

To previous a quiz/exam:

  1. Click on Quizzes on the navigation bar in your D2L course.

  2. Find your quiz in the list and click on on the arrow to the right of the quiz title; choose Preview from the dropdown menu.

    Quiz Preview

  3. Read the instructions and press Start Quiz! at the bottom of the page.

  4. Press OK to confirm.

  5. The quiz questions display in preview mode just as students will see them. Make note or take screenshots of any problems or errors with the Submission Views information so you may correct those errors later.

  6. You may answer questions, save your answers, then submit your quiz.

  7. Questions and answers will display if you set up Submission Views to allow students to see their results.

  8. Preview attempts are not saved so you will not see this attempt in the list of student attempts, and your score won’t appear in the D2L gradebook.

  9. Repeat the preview process several more times especially if you made corrections after previous previews.

Viewing Completed Quiz Attempts

  1. In the list of quizzes, click on the black arrow/triangle to the right of the desired quiz title and select Grade from the dropdown menu.

  2. The list of all completed attempts appears. The default choice when accessing this list is shown as "Users who have completed an attempt." Note that there are other options. Make your choice, then click on the magnifying glass icon to the right of Search field above the "Restrict to" dropdown menu.

    Quizzes Restrict List

  3. The results meeting the criteria selected above will appear, if any results are available.

    Note: If a student indicates s/he took the quiz in question but you cannot see it in the list of completed attempts, select "Users with attempts in progress" in the dropdown above, then click on the magnifying glass icon to the right of the Search field to complete the search. A list of students with unsubmitted attempts, those who entered the quiz but did not submit the quiz, will appear.

  4. If results appears, click Attempt 1 beneath a student's name to view an individual student's quiz answers for that attempt.

  5. Optional: After clicking on Attempt 1 link, you may access the Quizzes Event Log (found in the section labeled Attempt 1) to view a timeline of that student's activity in the quiz.

Submitting Attempts on Behalf of Students

Sometimes students complete a quiz but exit without submitting their attempt. It is possible for instructors to view and submit those quiz attempts on behalf of the student(s).

IMPORTANT NOTE: This must be done after the quiz period has ended, or it could interfere with students currently taking the quiz.

  1. From the Manage Quizzes area, click the black arrow to the right of the desired quiz, and select Grade.

  2. From the Restrict to dropdown menu, select Users with attempts in progress.

  3. Click the magnifying glass to the right of the search box above.

    Quizzes Search For Unsubmitted

  4. If results display, you will see the attempt list with an "In Progress" notification and an "Enter Quiz as User" icon.

    Attempt In Progress
  5. Click "Enter Quiz as User" icon: Enter Quiz As User

  6. Click Yes to confirm.

  7. The student's attempt will open. If desired, review the quiz answers in that attempt.

  8. Submit the quiz on the student's behalf by clicking Go to Submit Quiz, found at the bottom of the list of questions.

  9. Confirm the submission if asked, or click Exit Impersonating if you decide not to submit the quiz of the student's behalf.

  10. If you chose to submit the attempt, you will be returned to the list of unsubmitted attempts for that quiz.

Manual Quiz Question Grading

This section describes how to manually grade a quiz containing question types that are not practical for D2L to automatically grade. This includes short answer or long answer essay questions and, in some cases, fill-in-the-blank questions.

  1. On the navigation bar, click Quizzes.

  2. Click the black arrow to the right of the quiz your wish to grade, and select Grade from the menu that appears.

  3. On the screen that opens, you will see a list of all the users who have completed attempts.

  4. Select the first attempt in the list.

    Manual Quiz Attempt

  5. You will be taken to a page that will display the details of that student's quiz attempt. Scroll down to the Quiz Results section. Under each individual question, you will see both your question and the student's response. If you specified a correct answer when creating the quiz, you will also see this text in the Answer Key section under the student response.

  6. Click Expand question feedback. Click in the textbox that appears to enter individual feedback for the student on his/her answer.

  7. To enter a grade for the response, manually enter a number in the Score textbox. Notice that it also indicates the point value you assigned to the question.

    Manual Quiz Grade

  8. You may then scroll down to the next question in the quiz. If your quiz has a large number of questions or your grading process requires more than a few minutes for each student, we recommend that you save frequently as you grade individuals. To do this, scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click Save.

  9. Once you are finished grading this attempt, click Save at the bottom of the page.

  10. Recalculation will automatically occur whenever an individual question is graded. If you manually alter the final score on a quiz and then decide to clear that score, the system reverts back to automatically recalculating the final score.

  11. Note the word Graded and the unchecked box that appears under it. If you check this box, the grade will automatically be released to the student at this time, as well as be entered into the gradebook. Be sure to SAVE. If you wish to release grades to all students at one time, leave this box unchecked.

    Manual Quiz Graded

  12. If you wish to add overall comments for the student in addition to (or instead of) individual comments for each question, enter them in the Attempt Comments textbox. If you do this, make sure you scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click Save before advancing on to another submission.

  13. To advance to the next student's submission, scroll to the top of the page and click the blue arrow pointing to the right. Manual Quiz Blue ArrowWhen the arrow turns gray, it means you have reached the last student submission.

  14. Once you have finished grading all submissions and have saved your final changes, click Close at the bottom of the screen. This will return you to the screen showing all the users and their attempts, with your updated scoring.

  15. To send all grades to the gradebook and release the grades to all students, click the icon next to the word Graded. Notice that checkmarks appear in all the boxes in the column.

    Manual Quiz Release Grades

  16. Click Update.

Quiz Question Re-grading

There may be times when you want to regrade a quiz after attempts have been made by students. Perhaps a question was poorly worded, and you wish to allow an additional answer choice to be marked as correct. Or, perhaps you accidentally marked the wrong answer as correct. In any case, it is possible to automatically regrade quiz questions and award the proper points to the students.

Note: After your students take a quiz, it is advisable to review the quiz attempts to make sure they look correct. If the majority of the class got one question wrong, it may indicate that the question was faulty or unclear.

Note: Correcting your quiz question(s) in the Question Library and in the quiz is a separate step. It is important to make the corrections in both places so the questions are accurate when you copy the components of your course to future terms.

  1. In the desired course, click Quizzes in the navigation bar.

  2. Find the quiz you wish to edit. Click the black arrow next to the quiz name, and select Grade from the list.

    Quiz Edit

  3. On the resulting page, you will see all attempts by all the students in your course. At the top of the page, click the Questions tab.

    Questions Tab

  4. Select the radio button for Update All Attempts to ensure that once you make your changes, the grades of all students will be adjusted accordingly.

  5. Select from the list the question you wish to edit.

    Edit Question

  6. On the resulting page, you will see the number of students who chose each answer option. The answer option with the blue arrow to the left is marked as the correct answer.
     Update Attempts

    Below that, you will see the Grade section where you can make your changes. You will see the point value assigned to the question in this section, which will be relevant when adjusting points.

    Question Worth

  7. Look in the Grading Type section to view your options for re-grading.

    Grade Type
  8. Choose from one of the two radio buttons in the Grading Type section:
    1. If you prefer to give all students credit for the question no matter which answer option was chosen, keep the Give to all attempts... option checked, and insert a point value in the blank provided.


      All Attempts

    2. If you wish to allow a second correct answer, check the Give to attempts with answer... option. From the dropdown menu, select the answer you wish to mark as correct (you can see how they are numbered above in the Quiz Responses section). Then, in the blank, insert the number of points you wish to award to the students.


      Answer Attempts

    3. Or, if you wish to correct the points award because the wrong answer option is marked as correct, choose the second radio button. In this case, make sure you: a) award points for students who chose the actual correct answer, and b) deduct points for students who chose the incorrect answer originally marked as correct. This correction requires two steps:

      1. To deduct points for the incorrect answer originally marked as correct, choose the number/letter of the answer originally marked correct, then enter 0 (zero) for the point value to replace the points originally awarded for this answer. Press Save and choose Yes to confirm.
        Zero Points
      2. To give credit for the correct answer, choose the number/letter of the correct answer option in the Give to all attempts with answer... dropdown menu, then assign the appropriate number of points to award for this correct answer. Press Save and choose Yes to confirm.
        Add Points

      3. Optional: Enter explanatory comments in the Comment section.

    Your changes will appear in the modification log below and will be reflected in the students' grades for this quiz.

    Modifications Log

  9. Note: This process does not correct the question and associated answers in the Question Library in your D2L course. Be sure to edit the question and answers (and save in all locations when prompted) so all will be correct when you copy this course in the future.

  10. Press Go Back to Questions at the bottom of the screen to return to the question list. Select the Users tab to view the grade updates for each attempt.

Pushing Quiz Grades to D2L Grades

It may sometimes be necessary to push quiz grades to the D2L Grades tool manually. This can occur for several reasons but most often arises when the option to set quiz attempts as graded (or published to students) was not checked before students attempted the quiz or exam:

Automatic grade option in Quizzes

To push quiz grades to the associated grade item, follow these steps:

  1. Access the Quizzes tool in your course, then click on the name of the quiz to access quiz settings.

  2. Once the Properties tab appears, then choose the Assessments tab.

  3. On the Assessments tab, first verify the correct grade item is selected in the Grade Item dropdown menu.

    Grade item selection on Quiz Assessment tab

  4. Also verify that the Auto Export to Grades checkbox below the Grade Item dropdown menu is checked as shown above.

  5. SAVE any changes you make on this page.

  6. Then, to access the list of completed quiz attempts:

    • Scroll up to the top of the page.

    • Click on the arrow Arrow to the right of the quiz title to reveal the dropdown menu:

      Accessing student quiz attempts

    • Choose Grade from the menu.

    • The list of quiz attempts appears:

      Accessing student quiz attempts
  7. In the rightmost column on the attempts page is the Published status for each quiz attempt. Make sure you paginate so all student attempts are listed on one page.

  8. Click on the Published icon to the right of "Published" in the heading row to UNcheck the boxes in the Published column (you may have to click twice on the icon).

    Published column in quiz attempts list

  9. Once the checkboxes are blank, press SAVE at the bottom of the page.

  10. Repeat Steps 8 and 9 on Page 2, etc. if necessary. The quiz scores are now unpublished.

  11. Then click on the Published icon again to REcheck the boxes in the Published column,

    Published column checked in quiz attempts

  12. Press SAVE.

  13. Repeat Steps 11 and 12 on Page 2, etc. if necessary. The quiz scores are again published.

  14. Access the Grades tool in your course to verify that student scores appear in the grade item linked to the quiz.

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