How do I randomize the order of the questions on my quiz?

You can use Question Groups to randomize the order of the questions on your quizzes.

Note: If you need your questions to appear in a specific order, you should add or find individual questions instead of creating a question group.

Create Question Banks

You should first create one or more question banks that contain the questions you want to appear on your quiz. For more information about creating question banks, refer to this lesson.

Open Quizzes

Open Quizzes

Click the Quizzes link.

Create a New Quiz

Create a New Quiz

Click the Add Quiz button.

Add Quiz Name and Instructions

Add Quiz Name and Instructions

Add a name for your quiz [1] and any instructions you'd like your students to see prior to taking the quiz [2].

Edit Quiz Settings

Edit your quiz settings as necessary. For more information about quiz settings, refer to this lesson.

Open the Questions Tab

Open the Questions Tab

Click the Questions tab to add questions to your quiz.

Create a New Question Group

Create a New Question Group

Click the New Question Group button to create a new  group of questions on your quiz. This question group will pull questions from one of your Question Banks.

Enter Question Group Details

Give your Question Group a name [1].

Choose how many questions you would like Canvas to randomly select from your Question Bank for this Question Group. If you want all the questions from your Question Bank to appear, enter the total number of questions in your Question Bank [2].

Choose how many points each question is worth in this Question Group [3].

Note: You can also randomize the order of questions on your quiz by linking to a question bank. However, questions that are linked to a question bank cannot be regraded.

Create Group

Create Group

Click the Create Group button to save your new Question Group.

Find Questions

Find Questions

Click the Find Questions button to add questions to your Question Group.

Select a Question Bank

Select a Question Bank

In the Find Quiz Question window that appears, select your new Question Bank from the column on the left.

Select Questions from Your Question Bank

Select Questions from Your Question Bank

Select the questions you want to appear on your quiz. If you want to use all the questions, click the Select All link.

Note: When you click the Select All link, Canvas selects only the questions that currently appear in the window. If you have more than 50 questions in your question bank, click the More questions button until all the questions you want to select appear in the window.

Select a Question Group

Select a Question Group

In the Add questions to the quiz group drop-down menu, select the Question Group you just created in your new quiz.

Add Questions

Add Questions

Click the Add Questions button to add your questions to your quiz.

View Your Question Group

The questions you selected should appear in the Question Group you created.

Create More Question Groups

If you have more than one Question Bank for your quiz, repeat the steps for adding a Question Group to your quiz for each Question Bank.

Save Your Quiz

Save Your Quiz

Click the Save button to save your new quiz.

Publish Your Quiz

Publish Your Quiz

Click the Publish button to make your quiz publicly available.

Verify Your Quiz

Use Student View to verify that quiz questions appear in a random order on your quiz.

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