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Six steps to building a quiz in Canvas

You can use the Quiz tool to create and administer online quizzes and surveys. Quizzes in Canvas are assignments that you can use to challenge student understanding and assess comprehension of course material. You can also use quizzes to conduct and moderate graded or ungraded exams and assessments. 

Step 1 - Add the quiz 

Navigate to the Quiz Index page and click Add Quiz to open the unnamed quiz page. On this page type a name for the quiz and the quiz instructions. Complete the quiz details by selecting the quiz type and assignment group.

Step 2 - Select the quiz options

Quiz options permit you to customize the quiz to your preferences. You can can select settings such as a time limit to complete the quiz, shuffling the answers each time the quiz is assessed, allowing multiple attempts and several others. 

Step 3 - Set quiz restrictions (Optional)

Quiz restrictions are optional and used if you want to proctor a quiz.  You can require a code or password to access the quiz. You can also only allow computers with a certain IP address to access the quiz.

Step 4 - Assign the quiz and set the deadlines

You must assign the quiz before students can assess it. You can assign the quiz to everyone in the class, a specific section, or an individual student. You can set the quiz dates such as when the quiz is due and a date or date range when the quiz is available for students to take.

Step 5 - Create the questions

Questions are the "meat" of the quiz. In this step, you can create the questions individually or select questions that you previously created.  
For details on creating questions, see the following articles from the Canvas Instructor Guide:
How do I create a quiz with individual questions?
How do I create a quiz with a question group to randomize quiz questions?
How do I create a quiz by finding questions in a question bank?

Step 6 - Save and publish the quiz

When you are finished, click Save to save it to Canvas. Once the quiz is saved, you can use the Preview button to view the quiz as the students will see it. When you are satisfied that the quiz is ready, you must publish it to make it available to your students.

Helpful videos from Instructure (the company that makes Canvas)

video icon Quiz Creation: Settings (Instructors)

video icon Quiz Creation: Questions (Instructors)