How do I make a Quiz available before or after the due date?

You can make your quiz available to all your students before or after the due date by setting availability dates.

Note: If you are looking to change quiz dates for individual students, you may want to create a new section in your course for those students, add the section to the quiz, and modify availability dates for that section.

Quizzes have an autosubmit feature tied to the Until (lock) date, which may affect student submissions. Common quiz scenarios and date results include the following:  

  • No dates: quiz is never marked late and autosubmitted at course conclude (see course settings)
  • Due date only: quiz is marked late at Due date and autosubmitted at course conclude (see course settings)
  • Due date with Until date: quiz is marked late at Due date and autosubmitted at Until date
  • Time limit: quiz is autosubmitted when time expires
  • Time limit with Until date: quiz is autosubmitted when time expires unless the Until date expires first

View examples of limiting Until dates.

Student View

When students view a quiz, they are able to see the details of the quiz. Quiz details do not show due and availability dates in relation to the current time. However, within the quiz, Canvas notifies students regarding any upcoming quiz deadlines:

  • For quizzes with a Due date, the browser displays a notification banner to let students know when the quiz will be marked late (30 minutes prior, 5 minutes prior, and 1 minute prior).
  • For quizzes that are close to autosubmitting (using an Until date or the natural course conclude date), the browser displays a notification banner to let students know when the quiz will autosubmit (30 minutes prior, 5 minutes prior, 1 minute prior, and 10 seconds prior).
  • For timed quizzes, the browser displays a notification banner if students are not able to complete the quiz in the full allotted time period. The quiz sidebar also displays a timer indicating how many minutes remain to complete the quiz. For example, if a 60-minute quiz has an Until date of 11:59 pm and a student begins the quiz at 11:30 pm, the student will only have 30 minutes to complete the quiz.

For more details about how students view and take quizzes, view the How do I take a Quiz lesson in the Canvas Student Guide.

Open Quizzes

Open Quizzes

In Course Navigation, click the Quizzes link.

Add Quiz

Add Quiz

If you are creating a new quiz, click the Add Quiz button.

Edit Quiz

If you are editing the settings of an existing quiz, click the quiz title.

Click the Edit button.

View Availability Dates

View Availability Dates

View the availability date options for your quiz:

  1. Available From: the date and time when the Assignments will become available to students. If no time is set, this date defaults to 12:00 am for the course time zone.
  2. Until: the date and time when students can no longer access the assignment. If no time is set, this date defaults to 11:59 pm for the course time zone.

When the assignment is published, blank availability date fields allow the assignment to be viewed throughout the entire course. 

Set Available From Date

Set Available From Date

To set an Available From date, click the calendar icon [1]. Select the date [2] the quiz will open, select the time [3] the quiz will open, and click the Done button [4] to set the date the quiz will become available.

Set Until Date

Set Until Date

To set an Until date, click the calendar icon [1]. Select the date [2] the quiz will close, select the time [3] the quiz will close, and click the Done button [4] to set the date the quiz will no longer be available.

Save Quiz

Save Quiz

Click the Save button.

Note: If you edited an existing quiz, any saved changes will automatically be updated.

View Quiz

View Quiz

View the quiz and the dates you have made the quiz available to students. In this example, users can access the quiz from March 17 until March 25, but the quiz is due on March 24.