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Changing Quiz Settings

There are many settings options for quizzes.  Along with modifying availability dates, instructors can set time limits on a quiz and modify the number of times students can retake a quiz. Instructors can modify the default submission view to allow students to see feedback. Lockdown Browser can be set on a quiz for additional security. Contact the FITS Central Support Team at fits@depaul.edu for questions related to these settings or any other quiz setting that is not listed here.

Start, Due, and End Dates

Start, Due, and End Dates can be used to make a quiz available to students for a limited time. Students will be able to view information about the quiz, but will not be able to start taking it before the Start Date or after the End Date.  There are two types of date restrictions for quizzes.

  • A Start Date indicates when the assignment is released to students. Prior to the Start Date, students will be able to see the quiz (unless it has been hidden), but they will not be able to access it.
  • A Due Date is the instructor-given date (and time) deadline for submitting a quiz. However, a student may submit after the Due Date (up until an End Date, if one is set), in which case it is marked late, in red, in both the instructor and the student view.
  • An End Date is more restrictive. It cuts off the quiz at the End Date and time set, where the student can no longer start a quiz.

Note: An End Date only restricts the ability to start the quiz, not to complete the quiz. For example, if a student starts a quiz that has a 60 minute time limit at 5 minutes before the End Date/time the student will still have 60 minutes to complete the quiz.

  •  If a Due Date and End Date are both set, then the quiz can be submitted late, after the Due Date, until the End Date is reached.  

Set Start, End and Due Dates

  1. Select the quiz name.
  2. Select Restrictions.
  3. The Restrictions page will open.  Do any/all of the following:
    • Select the Has Due Date checkbox [A] to set a Due Date for the quiz, and enter the appropriate date and time.
    • Select the Has Start Date [B] checkbox to set a Start Date for the quiz, and enter the appropriate date and time.
    • Select the Has End Date [C]  checkbox to set an End Date for the quiz, and enter the appropriate date and time.
    • Select the Display in Calendar [D] checkbox to display the quiz Start and/or End Dates in the course calendar.
    • Select Release Conditions [E] and add release conditions to make this quiz only viewable after the students have met specified criteria.
      quiz date restrictions
  4. Select Save and Close when the setting changes are complete.

Note: Start, Due, and End Dates on a quizzes can also be set in Content if the quiz is linked in a content module. See Content for more information.

Set Time Limit and Late Submission Options for a Quiz

  1. Select the quiz name.
  2. Select Restrictions.
  3. Select Enforced Time Limit to enable a time limit for students to complete the quiz
  4. Enter the number of minutes students are allowed to complete the quiz.
  5. Enter the number of minutes for a Grace Period. The grace period is the number of minutes students have after the time limit has expired to submit their quiz before it is flagged as late.
  6. Select the desired behavior after the Grace Period has been exceeded:
    • Allow the student to continue working. The student may continue to make changes and submit after the grace period.  The quiz will be marked as late.
    • Prevent the student from making further changes.  The student will not be able to make changes once the grace period has passed.  The student will only be able to submit.

      Note: When faced with the inability to make changes students often panic and leave the quiz without submitting. See the section "Submitting a Student's Quiz Attempts" in Solving Issues with Submitting Quizzes to learn how to resolve this issue.

    • Allow the student to continue working, but automatically score the attempt as zero after an extended deadline.  The student may continue to make changes and submit after the grace period.  When they do so, the quiz will automatically be given a zero.  The instructor will need to manually grade as little or as much of the quiz a they choose.
  7. Select Save and Close.

Change the Number of Times Students can Take a Quiz

By default, students are allowed one chance to take a quiz.  Instructors may choose to allow students multiple attempts. If providing students with multiple attempts, instructors can also set the quiz to only show incorrectly answered questions on subsequent attempts.  

Note: If multiple attempts are allowed and the quiz is associated with a grade item,  the score to be transferred to the gradebook will need to be specified.

  1. Select the quiz name.
  2. Select Assessment
  3. Multiple settings for grading will be displayed.
  4. Select the dropdown arrow on the "Attempts Allowed" menu [A] and select a number.
  5. Select Apply [B] .
  6. (Optional) Under "Retake Incorrect Questions Only" select the checkbox so that on new attempts, students will only see the questions they previously answered incorrectly [C].
    edit quiz assessment page with focus on number of attempts
  7. Select an option in "Overall Grade Calculation" to specify how the quiz score will be calculated. (The default option is Highest Attempt, but there are several other options, including Average Score.)
  8. Select Save and Close.

Note:  Change the number of attempts across multiple quizzes on the "Manage Quizzes" page by selecting the checkboxes next to the names of the quizzes, then select the Bulk Edit link at the top of the list. Reset the number of attempts for each quiz in the "Attempts Allowed" column.

Display Questions and Answers after Students have Completed a Quiz

By default, students will not see feedback on individual questions on a quiz.  An instructor can choose to adjust the default submission view to include other elements like feedback, questions that the student answered incorrectly, questions the student answered correctly and/or the correct answers.  It is also possible to add additional views that are available after a specific date.

Note: If date restricted submission views have been added to a course the instructor will want to be sure to revise the dates when the course is copied into a future term section as these views will be immediately visible to students as the dates will be in the past.

  1. Select the quiz name.
  2. Select  Submission Views.
  3. Select the view setting to be changed:
    • Select Default View  to change the information that is displayed on the confirmation page that appears when a student submits a quiz attempt.
    • Select Add Additional View to enable additional feedback to be released by date.
    • Note: To ensure that quiz questions and answers are not available past the time the quiz is available, create a second Additional View within the Submission Views tab and name it “Shut down view.” Select No in the "View Details" section and select the date/time the first additional view should close to students. This second additional view will “shut down” the first additional view as only the most recent submission view is the active one. This is particularly important if instructors are planning to migrate the quiz to another semester. Failure to “shut down” the first additional view will allow students in future semesters to use the view right after completing the quiz, which could facilitate cheating. Even if the quiz will not be re-used in the future, setting up a “shut down view” is a best practice that prevents future problems.

  4. Select the button next to Yes in the "View Details" section to display quiz questions to students.
  5. Select the type of quiz questions to display.
  6. Select the box next to Show Question Answers to display the correct answers to the questions displayed.
  7. Specify when the information is available by selecting a date and time in the "View Restrictions" section (follow this step only when adding an additional view).
  8. Select Save.

Set Respondus Lockdown Browser

Respondus Lockdown Browser is a tool that can be used to help prevent cheating when students are taking an exam in a proctored environment like a lab.  It is not recommended for use in a non-proctored environment as it only affects the device the student is using to take the exam.

  1. Select Quizzes.
  2. Select LockDown Browser [A].
  3. Select the down arrow next to the quiz name [B].
  4. Select Settings [C].
    Visual depiction of the steps for enabling lockdown browser for quizzes.
  5. The "settings" page will open. Select Require Respondus LockDown Browser for this exam.
  6. (Optional) Set a password.
  7. Select any additional advanced settings.
  8. Select Save + Close.


Once changes to the quiz settings have been changed, preview it to make sure everything is correct before students begin taking it. View Previewing Quizzes for more information.

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