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Download the PDF for Quizzes

Canvas has four different types of quizzes:

  • A graded quiz is the most common quiz, and Canvas automatically creates a column in the Gradebook for any graded quizzes you build.
  • A practice quiz is ungraded and can be used as a learning tool to help students see how well they understand the course material. Practice quizzes do not appear in the syllabus or Gradebook.
  • A graded survey allows you to give students points for completing the survey; however, it is not graded based on right or wrong answers.
  • An ungraded survey allows you to obtain opinions or other information from students; however, students do not receive a grade for their responses. Ungraded surveys do not appear in the syllabus or Gradebook.

When creating a new quiz, Canvas defaults to the Settings tab.

  • Give your quiz a name
  • Write the directions for the quiz in the HTML/text editor box
  • Select the quiz type.
  • Categorize the quiz into the proper Assignment group. You can create Assignment Groups within Assignments.

Quiz settings

Scrolling down the page, you will see more options for your quiz

Quiz settings

Similar to Assignments, Quizzes allow you to assign instances of the quiz to individuals or groups. You can add more instances of the quiz with different settings.


More detailed information on Quizzes in the Canvas online guides

Creating and Importing Quiz Banks

Question banks can be imported from an external source, imported from another Canvas class, or created from scratch in Canvas.

Canvas accepts quiz banks in the form of QTI files, which can be created from a variety of different learning management systems and software:

  • Quizzes created in Respondus 4.0 (Windows software) can be exported as QTI packages. To learn how to use Respondus 4.0 refer to this user guide (DOC). A QuickStart guide for Respondus 4.0 is also available (PDF).
  • Quizzes created in Blackboard (WebCT, Angel) can be exported as QTI packages.
  • Quizzes created in Moodle can be exported as QTI packages. Note: This will work with Moodle 2.0 or older versions. However, Moodle 2.1 and newer versions no longer export QTI packages. There is a Moodle 2.x import process project in the works. Click here to join the discussion.

Question Bank settings

Question banks are uploaded via Settings/Import Content into this course

Course setting import content

More details on importing Quiz Banks

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