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Using Quizzes and Tests for Assessment

Traditionally, tests measure knowledge at a specific point in time. However, tests can be used as tools to improve subsequent learning.

Moodle Quiz allows for automatic feedback in various forms. This can provide a simple way for students to hear your “voice” as they move through an assessment.  Moodle Quiz allows the instructor to design and build quizzes consisting of a large variety of question types, including multiple choice, true-false, and short answer questions.

The teacher can allow the quiz to be attempted multiple times, with the questions shuffled or randomly selected from a question bank. A time limit may be set. Each attempt is marked automatically, with the exception of essay questions, and the grade is recorded in the gradebook.

Quizzes can be used for:

  • a course exam
  • a mini-test for reading assignment or at the end of a topic
  • exam practice using separate question bank
  • delivering immediate feedback about performance
  • self-assessment
  • polling that is not anonymous

Commons Quiz Question Types

TypeDefinition
Calculated 
Calculated questions are like numerical questions but with the numbers used selected randomly from a set when the quiz is taken.
Calculated Multichoice
Calculated multichoice questions are numerical multichoice questions based on a formula using variables or “wild cards” (i.e {x} , {y})
Calculated Simple Simple calculated questions offer a way to create individual numerical questions whose response is the result of a numerical formula which contain variable numerical values by the use of wildcards (i.e {x} , {y}) that are substituted with random values when the quiz is taken. The simple calculated questions offers the most used features of the calculated question with a much simpler creation interface.
Embedded Answers (Cloze) Questions of this type are very flexible, but can only be created by entering text containing special codes that create embedded multiple-choice, short answers and numerical questions.
EssayAllows a response of a few sentences or paragraphs. This must be graded manually.
MatchingThe answer to each of a number of sub-question must be selected from a list of possibilities.
Multiple ChoiceAllows the selection of a single or multiple responses from a pre-defined list.
Numerical Allows a numerical response, possibly with units, that is graded by comparing against various model answers, possibly with tolerances
Random Short-Answer Matching
 
Like a Matching question, but created randomly from the short answer questions in a particular category.
Short AnswerAllows a response of one or a few words that is graded by comparing against various model answers, which may contain wildcards.
True/FalseA simple form of multiple choice question with just the two choices ‘True’ and ‘False.’
DescriptionThis is not actually a question. Instead it is a way to add some instructions, rubric or other content to the activity. This is similar to the way that labels can be used to add content to the course page.