LEO Guides

How to set up a Quiz

Setting up a Quiz within LEO is a multiple stage process. To set up a Quiz you will need to:

  1. Add a Quiz to your LEO Unit
  2. Edit the Settings of your Quiz
  3. Add Questions to your Quiz

This LEO guide will tell you how to add a Quiz to your LEO unit, and how to access and edit the Settings of your Quiz. To learn how to add Questions to your Quiz please read our LEO guide ‘How to add a new Question to a Quiz’.

Add a Quiz to your LEO Unit

  1. Navigate to your unit from within LEO.
  2. Click 'Turn editing on'
  3. Scroll down to the section in your Moodle site you would like to add the Quiz to (for example ‘Assessments’), then click on ‘Add an activity or resource’. From the options given under the ‘Activities’ heading Select ‘Quiz’ and then click on ‘Add’. In the new page that opens up you will be able to edit the Settings for your Quiz.a screnshot of the LEO Activity Picker

NOTE: Clicking on any of the section heading on the Settings page will expand that section, allowing you to edit the Settings as appropriate.  Alternatively, you can click on ‘expand all sections’. a screenshot of the 'Expand all' option, with a red arrow pointing to it. Clicking this button will expand all of the Settings options.

  1. At minimum, you will need to give your Quiz a name. However it is also useful to enter text in the ‘Description’ text box, so that your students know what the Quiz is about, or the reason they are being asked to complete it. Click on the box next to ‘Display description on unit page’ if you would like the description to be visible from the main page of your LEO unit.
  2. Once you have selected your settings as appropriate, click on ‘Save and return to unit’ to return to the main page of your LEO Unit, or ‘Save and display’ to Attempt the Quiz.

NOTE: More information about each of the Settings is available under ‘Other Settings’ section of this LEO Guide.

Overall Feedback

Remember to hide the score and your feedback from your students until after the Quiz has closed, to prevent your students from sharing the results with their peers! This option is available to you under the ‘Review Options’ tab on the Settings page.

Grades Report

In LEO you can generate reports which will give you an indication of how your students are faring. You can access the reports for your Quiz by clicking on your Quiz, then clicking on ‘Reports’ from within the Administration block (Quiz > Quiz Administration > Reports). If an unusual number of students are getting the same question incorrect you may like to review the Question itself to ensure that the correct response has been entered.

Draft Quizzes

If you are in the process of editing your Quiz, you may like to ‘hide’ it from your students, by clicking ‘Edit’ and then clicking on ‘Hide’. This will ensure that you won’t start receiving enquiries from students.

Editing the Settings for your Quiz will allow you to control how your Quiz functions, when it can be accessed, and when and how your students are able to access their grades and feedback. Click here to access the Moodle 2.9 documentation on Quiz settings. A brief explanation of some of the more commonly used Quiz Settings is included below.

Editing Quiz Settings

You are able to edit the Settings of your Quiz at any time by clicking on your Quiz, then clicking on ‘Edit quiz’ from within the Administration block (Quiz > Administration > Edit Settings). You can also access the Settings page of your Quiz by clicking on ‘Turn editing on’, then clicking on the ‘Edit’ dropdown menu to the right of your Quiz, then selecting ‘Edit settings’ from the options given.

NOTE: Clicking on any of the headings (for example ‘Timing’) will expand that section, allowing you to edit the Settings as appropriate.


The options under ‘Timing’ will allow you to open the Quiz at a particular day and time (make it available to students), close the Quiz on a particular day and time (make it unavailable to students), and/or set a time limit for how long the students have to complete the Quiz. To select any of these options click the ‘Enable’ check box to the right of that option.


From this section you are able to add your Quiz to a Grade Category. Selecting ‘Assessable’ from the dropdown next to ‘Grade Category’ will make your Quiz display in the LEO Grader report. You can access your unit’s Grader report from Administration > Grades.

You can also select the Grade needed in order for your students to ‘Pass’ your Quiz in the text box under ‘Grade to pass’. This setting is particularly useful for activity and unit completion, and within the gradebook. Pass grades will be highlighted in the gradebook in green, and fail grades will be highlighted in the gradebook in red. You can also edit the amount of attempts the student can make at the quiz, and how those attempts will be graded (if more than one attempt is selected from the dropdown menu).

Question behavior

The options available under this heading will allow you to change the way your Quiz questions ‘behave’.

Selecting ‘Yes’ for ‘Shuffle within questions’ means that the elements that make up the Quiz question (for example the responses included in a multiple choice question) will be randomly shuffled every time the student attempts that question (if this option is also enabled in the individual question’s settings). For more information on Quiz questions please access our LEO Guide ‘How to add questions to a Quiz’.

The next dropdown will allow you to select ‘How questions behave’. Some of the more commonly used options available for you to select from this dropdown are:

Deferred Feedback – If this option is selected then the student must enter an answer to every question, and click ‘submit’ on the Quiz, in order to receive feedback.

Manual grading – This option is preselected for essay questions, but you are able to make any type of Quiz question available for manual grading if you wish.

Immediate feedback – This option will allow the student to receive immediate feedback on their quiz attempt, after the answer has been selected. This use of quizzes is useful for self-assessment exercises, but not as useful for assignments where multiple students are going to be completing the Quiz. You don’t want your students to be able to share feedback before the Quiz has closed.

Review options

These options allow you to control what information students are able to see during their attempt at the Quiz, immediately after the attempt, after they have submitted (but while the Quiz is still available to students), and after the Quiz is closed.

If you are using the Quiz tool as for an assessment task, you will want to ensure that students are not able to see their grades and feedback until after the quiz has ‘closed’ (no longer accessible to students). Making sure that the only options selected are in the ‘After the quiz is closed’ column will ensure that students aren’t able to supply the correct and incorrect responses to their peers.

Restrict access

You are able to restrict access to your Quiz, based upon criteria you decide. For example, you are able to prevent students from accessing your quiz until after a particular date and time, require students to have achieved a particular grade in previous assignments before the Quiz will be made available to them, control access based on content which has been included or excluded on their student profile page (for example Surname or ID number), or add a set of ‘nested restrictions’ (available under ‘Restriction Set’). Using ‘Restriction Set’ you are able to combine restrictions in such a way so as to limit access to the Quiz in a more granular way (for example, to students on a particular campus, who have received a grade of less than 50%).