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Creating New Quizzes

There are several steps to take in setting up a new quiz in D2L: selecting settings for the quiz, adding questions to it, then activating the quiz.

For information on randomizing the quiz questions to help prevent cheating, see both Using the Question Library and Randomizing Quizzes

Create a Quiz

  1. Select More on the course navigation bar.
  2. Select Quizzes
  3. Select New Quiz button. 
  4. Enter a name for the quiz. This step must be completed before any other settings can be changed.
  5. Select  Add/Edit Questions
  6. Add questions to the quiz:
    • Select Add [A] to see a list of options for adding new questions, creating a new question section, or creating a new question category. (See Creating Quiz Questions for more information.)
    • Select Import [B] to upload a question file or add questions from the Question Library to the quiz. (See Randomizing Quizzes for more information.)
      add and import buttons during quiz creation
  7. (Optional) Use the handlers to drag and re-order the questions.
  8. Questions will save automatically. When finished adding questions, select Back to Settings to go back to the quiz creation page. 
  9. Select Save and Close when the quiz set-up has been completed. This might include completing some of the steps listed under "Next Steps" below.

Note: By default, only the overall quiz score is displayed on the quiz submission confirmation page. To set up a quiz to release answers, see Changing Quiz Settings in the section titled "Display Questions and Answers after Students have Completed a Quiz."

Activate a Quiz

By default, the status of a new quiz status is set to hidden and thus is not visible to students. This visibility must be changed before students will be able to see and take the assessment. When a quiz is hidden, an icon of an eye with a slash will appear next to the quiz name on the "Manage Quizzes" page.

Note: To add a link to a Quiz to a module in Content, follow the directions to Add Links to Other Parts of the Course Site.

  1. Select the arrow next to the quiz to release a dropdown menu.
  2. Select Make Visible to Users. 
  3. The quiz is now active, and the Manage Quizzes page will be displayed. No eye icon will be displayed next to the quiz name.


Learn about Changing Quiz Settings, how to Grade Quizzes, Granting Special Access to Quizzes, and Solving Quiz Submission Issues.