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Changing Quiz Settings

​There are many settings options for quizzes:

Lockdown Browser can be set on a quiz for additional security. Contact CTL@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.

  • 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. 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.

Set Start and End Dates

  1. Select the quiz name.
  2. To add a Due Date, select the text box under "Due Date" and choose a date and time.
  3. To add additional date restrictions, select the Availability Dates & Conditions tab [A].
    screenshot of the quiz creation page with a label on the availability dates and conditions tab
  4. Do any/all of the following:
    • Select the Start Date box to set a Start Date for the quiz by entering or choosing the appropriate date and time.
    • Select the End Date box to set an End Date for the quiz quiz by entering or choosing the appropriate date and time.
    • Select Add a Release Conditions to make this quiz only viewable after the students have met specified criteria.
    • Select Manage Special Access to provide select students with extended time or date restrictions.
  5. Select Save and Close when the setting changes are complete.

Note: Due Dates for 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 the Timing & Display tab [A].
    screenshot of the quiz creation page with a label on the timing and display tab
  3. Select Manage Timing.
  4. Choose Enforced Time Limit to set up a hard cut-off for the quiz. If the time limit is a suggestion only, choose Recommended Time Limit.
  5. Enter the number of minutes students are allowed to complete the quiz.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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 grade book will need to be specified.

  1. Select the quiz name.
  2. Select the Attempts & Completion tab [A].
    screenshot of the quiz creation page with a label on the attempts and completion tab
  3. Select Manage Attempts.
  4. Choose an option for "Attempts Allowed."
  5. Choose 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.)
  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.
  7. Select OK.

Display Questions and Feedback to Students

By default, students will not see feedback on individual questions on a quiz.  An instructor can choose to adjust the 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 the Evaluation & Feedback tab [A].
    screenshot of the quiz creation page with a label on the evaluation and feedback tab
  3. Under "When published, display to learners" select the dropdown menu to choose what will display to learners along with the attempt score.

    Note: The box to display the attempt grade is selected by default. Keeping this selected will show students their numeric score once published.

  4. If further customization of the display is required, select Customize Quiz Results Displays.
  5. The page that opens will display the primary view and allow for edits or the creation of a new view. To create a date-restricted display view, select Add Additional View and select the necessary settings along with the dates to restrict by.
  6. Note: To limit the time questions and answers are displayed to students, create an Additional View that only displays the questions and/or answers for a limited amount of time after the student submits the quiz. To do this, create an additional view and select the date/time it should be released. Then, select the check box to limit the time (in minutes) that the view should be available. It is recommended to make students aware of any time limit they will have to review questions and/or answers after submitting a quiz. For more detailed instructions, see Creating an Additional View.

  7. When finished, select Save and Close.

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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