How do I create a Quiz with a Question Group linked to a Question Bank?

You can create a quiz using a Question Group linked to a Question Bank.

When you link a Question Bank to a Question Group, you will see all of the Question Banks that you have built in other courses where you are the Instructor. You will also see Question Banks that have been added by your administrator to your sub-account, which makes it easy for instructors in the same department or program to share resources.

Canvas will reference your chosen bank of questions as each student takes the quiz. Each student will get a random number of questions pulled from the bank. For instance, if you want to use questions from the English Department and they have 7 questions in their Question Bank, but you only want the Question Group to display 2 questions, Canvas will randomly pull 2 of the 7 questions as each student takes the quiz.

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


  • When using question banks, be sure to make changes within the Question Bank before linking the quiz to the question bank. Although you can make changes to the question bank after a quiz is published, students who have already opened or completed the quiz will not see any of the changes, which may affect their grades.
  • Questions that are linked to a Question Bank cannot be regraded since they may be used in more than one question bank.

Open Quizzes

Open Quizzes

In Course Navigation, click the Quizzes link.

Add Quiz

Add Quiz

Click the Add Quiz button.

Edit Quiz Settings

In the Settings tab, enter the name of your quiz [1]. In the Rich Content Editor [2], introduce your quiz with formatted text, images, video, or sample math equations. You can even use the media commenting tool to record an introduction to the quiz.

Complete the rest of the quiz settings [3]. If you need help with settings, view the lesson on Quiz options.

Add New Question Group

Click the Questions tab [1]. Click the New Question Group button [2].

Create Group Details

Give your question group a name [1]. Decide how many questions you want Canvas to randomly select from the group [2] and the number of points assigned to each question [3].

Quiz question groups are not automatically named for instructors. To add a custom name to your quiz question group, enter the name in the group text field. Custom names can help you identify quiz question groups more easily.

Regardless of the question group name, students always see quiz questions in numerical order (i.e. Question 1, Question 2).

Link to a Question Bank

Click the Link to a Question Bank link.

Find Question Bank

Find Question Bank

Select the question bank you want to reference in your quiz [1]. Click the Select Bank button [2].

Create Group

Confirm your Question Bank is linked to the question group [2]. Click the Create Group button [2].

Modify Question Group

To change the number of questions to be picked from the group or to change the points assigned, click the Edit icon [1]. To delete the question group, click the Delete icon [2].

Save Quiz

Save Quiz

Click the Save button.

Publish Quiz

To preview the quiz, click the Preview button [1]. When you are ready for students to see the quiz in the course, click the Publish button [2].

Note: You should not publish your quiz until it is your final product. Although you can make changes to the quiz after it is published, students who have already opened or completed the quiz will not see any of the changes, which may affect their grades.

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