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Adding Questions - Using the Question Bank:

Questions can be created or added after you create a quiz or by selecting the Questions option under the
Administration block.

  • Create a Question - Choose the Questions tab
    • You can add a variety of different types of questions to a category:
    • Multiple Choice: In response to a question (that may include a image) the respondent chooses from multiple answers.
      There are two types of multiple choice questions - single answer and multiple answer.
    • Short Answer: In response to a question (that may include a image), the respondent types a word or phrase.
      There may be several possible correct answers, with different grades. Answers may or may not be sensitive to case.
    • Numerical: From the student perspective, a numerical question looks just like a short-answer question.
      The difference is that numerical answers are allowed to have an accepted error. This allows a continuous range of answers to be set.
    • True/False: In response to a question (that may include a image), the respondent selects from two options: True or False.
    • Matching: A list of sub questions is provided, along with a list of answers. The respondent must "match" the correct answers with each question.
    • Embedded Answers: These very flexible questions consist of a passage of text (in Moodle format) that has various answers embedded within it,
      including multiple choice, short answers and numerical answers.
    • Random Short-Answer Matching: From the student perspective, this looks just like a Matching question. The difference is that the subquestions
      are drawn randomly from Short Answer questions in the current category.
    • Random: A Random question in a quiz is replaced by a randomly-chosen question from the category that was set.
    • Description: This is not a real question. It simply prints some text (and possibly graphics) without requiring an answer.
      This can be used to provide some information to be used by a following group of questions, for example.
    • Calculated: Calculated questions offer a way to create individual numerical questions by the use of wildcards that are substituted with individual values when the quiz is taken.
    • Essay: In response to a question (that may include an image) the respondent writes an answer in essay format.


Questions are organized into categories. Initially each course has only one category called "Default". It is good practice to create more categories to organize your questions. This not only makes it easier to find questions, but makes the use of random questions and matching question easier. You can create a hierarchy of categories because you can create subcategories inside parent categories. To add or edit categories click on the "Categories" tab.

The question editing screen shows the questions from the currently selected category. You choose this category from the Category: drop-down menu. Using the tick box below that menu you determine whether to also show the questions from all subcategories.

Import a quiz - Choose the Import tab


  • Now that you've selected the Import option, you must decide on a file format


  • Choose or upload a file… under Import from file already in course files…

  • This area contains all of the files that you have uploaded into Moodle. If your file is not here yet, you must add it by selecting the Upload a file button.

  • Once your file has been uploaded, you may need to Unzip the file. If not, select Choose and you will be returned to the Import screen.
  • Select Import from this file

For more information on Importing visit: http://docs.moodle.org/en/Import_questions

Using ExamView: http://www.mguhlin.org/2009/09/moodle-tip-examview-and-moodle-quiz.html


Need more help? Contact the Campus Technology Services Help Desk at 406.496.4244 or by email at CTShelpdesk@mtech.edu.