Are you interested in creating a quiz/exam that your students will take online in your Canvas course?  Below please find the most frequently asked questions about Quizzes in Canvas.

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How can I create a quiz in my Canvas course?

Inside your Canvas course, click on Quizzes in the left-side navigation menu.

The Quizzes link in the left-side Canvas course navigation menu

Click on the + Quiz button in the top right.

The + Quiz button in the Quizzes area of a Canvas course

The following video provides an overview of creating a quiz, including the different settings that are available and how to add questions.

How do I accommodate students who need extra time?

If you have students who need extended time for quizzes/exams (for example, “time + 1/2” or “double time”), you can use the Moderate Quiz feature in Canvas to give these students the extra minutes that they need for timed quizzes.  The following video contains a demonstration.

Important:  If you have entered an Available “Until” date and time (4 in the image below), any student who is still taking the quiz will be kicked out at that time, even if you have moderated the quiz and given the student extra minutes.

"Assign to" area for a Canvas quiz

Canvas Guide:  Once I publish a timed quiz, how can I give my students extra time?

How do I accommodate students who need to take a Canvas quiz at a different time than the rest of the class?

There may be a circumstance where a student needs to take a Canvas quiz at a different time than the rest of the class.  The following video shows how to accommodate a student in this way in Canvas.

Important:  Be sure to use the + Add button to add the student(s) rather than removing “Everyone” and replacing “Everyone” with the student(s).  If you remove “Everyone,” then Canvas will hide the grades of all of the other students who have taken the quiz in the Gradebook.

How do I copy a quiz from one Canvas course to another?

There are a few different ways to copy a quiz from one Canvas course to another.  The simplest way is to find the quiz that you would like to copy, click on the three dots on the right, then select “Copy to…”.

Canvas GuideHow do I copy a quiz to another course?

Important:  There have been a few cases where a Canvas quiz that students had already taken was overwritten when another quiz was copied into the course.  If you are someone who likes to make copies of quizzes to create different versions and frequently copies quizzes between Canvas courses, then you may want to use a safer method to avoid this issue.  According to Canvas Support, the safest way to copy a quiz from one course to another is to export the quiz as a .zip file, then import the .zip file into the other course as follows:

In Course Navigation, click the Settings link.

The "Settings" link in the Canvas course navigation menu

Click the Import Course Content button.

The Import Course Content button in Settings in a Canvas course

In the drop-down menu, select the QTI .zip file option.  Click the Choose File button.

Importing a QTI ZIP file in Canvas

Find and click the ZIP file you want to import [1]. Click the Open button [2].

Finding and opening the QTI ZIP file

DO NOT check the box next to “Overwrite assessment content with matching IDs,” then click on the Import button.

Click on the Import button

Note: The above instructions are for Canvas Classic Quizzes. If you are using or intend to use Canvas New Quizzes, please reference the following guides: