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Recent Updates

  • You can create a quiz using a question group. Question groups allow you to place multiple questions within a group for students to answer. You can choose the number of questions that should be answered from the group and how many points to assign each question. Creating a question group randomizes questions within a quiz.

    You can add questions to your question group in several ways:

    • Link to a question bank to reference all questions in a question bank
    • Add an individual question to create your own questions from scratch
    • Find questions to reference specific questions from a question bank

    Note: If you need your questions to appear in a specific order, do not place quiz questions inside a question group.

  • You can easily share Question Bank questions among several Canvas courses.

  • You can create a quiz question with a formula in it.

    Note: If you need help adding a mathematical formula in the Rich Content Editor, please see the Math Editor lesson.

  • You can grant access to an individual student, several students, or the entire class to have extra attempts on a quiz. If your quiz is locked, you can also manually unlock the quiz for a student, even if the student has not yet taken the quiz.

    You can add extra attempts through accessing student quiz results or moderating the quiz.

    Accessing Student Quiz Results is a quick way to allow an extra attempt for an individual student.

    Moderating the quiz lets you allow extra attempts for individual students as well as multiple students at once. This option also allows you to grant extra attempts for students who have not yet taken the quiz. For timed quizzes, you can grant extra time for an attempt. If your quiz options allow students to view results only once after each attempt, you can also let students view quiz results one more time.

    You can also use these options to remove attempts as well. For instance, if you need to remove a student attempt, you can decrease the attempts accordingly.

  • If you need to export quiz content from your course, you can export quiz content as a QTI ZIP file.

    Note: Quiz exports do not include question banks. An exported quiz that was linked to a question bank will not include questions from that bank when imported into a new course, unless it was linked to an account-level question bank and both courses belong to that account. If you need to include question banks and want to import the quiz into another course, you may prefer to export your Canvas course instead and select only quizzes in the course import.

  • A Likert scale question is a list of statements with response points that indicate agreement. Canvas' Multiple Dropdown question type can be used for Likert-style questions in Surveys.

  • 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 can assign a quiz to an individual student or assign a quiz to a course 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 (only applies when students are actively taking a quiz)
    • Time limit with Until date: quiz is autosubmitted when time expires unless the Until date expires first


    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.
  • Updated on: Jan 15, 2021

    How do I delete a quiz?

    You can delete quizzes from your course.


    • Deleting a quiz will remove it completely from your course. If you would rather hide the quiz or make it inaccessible to submissions, you can lock the quiz or modify the access dates. If the quiz has no student submissions, you can unpublish the quiz.
    • When Multiple Grading Periods are enabled in a course, you cannot delete individual quizzes for any student, group, or section in a closed grading period.
  • You can delete Question Banks that you no longer use.

    Please note that deleting a question bank will affect any quizzes that are associated with the question bank, especially if they have student submissions. For students who haven't yet taken the quiz, they won't be able to see any questions from the quiz bank, but any existing quiz submissions will still show the previously included questions.

  • You can move multiple questions from one question bank to another. When moving multiple questions to a question banks, you will not have the option to leave a copy in the original question bank. If you want to copy your questions instead of moving them, you can copy questions individually.