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Canvas Quiz Options

When you create a quiz in Canvas, you have many options from which to choose. Using the options, you can configure how your students see the questions, their answers, and the correct answers. 

The Quiz Options table explains the options.

Quiz Options
Option Description
 Shuffle Answers Shuffles answers to randomize the quiz. (for multiple choice quizzes only) 
Time Limit Sets a time limit by entering the number of minutes students have to complete the entire quiz. Timed quizzes begin once a student begins the exam and will not be paused if the student navigates away from the quiz. If no time limit is set, students will have unlimited time to complete the quiz. 
Allow Multiple Attempts

Permits students to retake the quiz a specified number of times. When this option is enabled, Canvas displays the Quiz Score to Keep and Allowed Attempts options.

Quiz Score to Keep Keeps the highest score, latest score, or average score of all attempts. By default, Canvas keeps the highest score unless you change this option.
Allowed Attempts Limits the number of times that students can retake the quiz if multiple attempts are allowed. The default dashes represent unlimited attempts. 
Let Students See Their Quiz Responses Permits students to see what they answered, any automatic feedback generated by the quiz for correct or incorrect answers, and which questions they got wrong. Quiz responses include both correct and incorrect answers.

Important: Quizzes default to this option, so if you do not want students to see their quiz responses, clear the check box.
Only After Their Last Attempt  If you allow at least one attempt for the quiz, the Let Students See Their Quiz Responses area displays the Only after their last attempt check box. Selecting this option means that students can only see their correct responses after their last quiz attempt.
 
Note: If you allow more than one attempt for the quiz, be aware that not all students may complete all attempts and therefore may never see their quiz responses. For instance, if a student has three attempts but achieves their desired score in the second attempt, the student will most likely not complete the third (and last) attempt. That means their quiz responses and correct answers will not appear because the last attempt was not completed. To allow these students to see their responses, you would have to manually change the quiz settings at a later time.
Only Once After Each Attempt

Restricts students view of the quiz results to only once after each attempt. Students will only be able to view the results immediately after they have completed the quiz—results include both their responses and the correct answers.

This option may not be appropriate for quizzes that require manual grading, such as essay questions, where students would require additional views to see the updated results.
Hint: When a quiz is saved with the Only Once After Each Attempt option, you can use the Moderate Quiz feature to give students additional views to their quiz results.

Caution: If the Only Once After Each Attempt option is selected, it will override any show or hide dates or times. Therefore, if you want to show or hide correct answers on any specific date or time, the Only Once After Each Attempt option should not be selected.
Let Students See The Correct Answers This option enables a green Correct tab on every correct answer for the entire quiz. Quizzes default to this option, so if you do not want students to see their quiz responses, clear the check box.
As a part of this option, you can also control when and for how long students can see the correct answers by setting dates (and specific times, if desired) in the Show and Hide fields. 
  • To show answers immediately after quiz is submitted, leave the Show and Hide fields blank.
  • To create a date range to display the answers, set a start date in the Show field and an ending date in the Hide field.
  • To always show answers after a specific date, set a date in the Show field.
  • To hide answers after a specific date, set a date in the Hide field.
Show Correct Answers at Displays the quiz answers on a specified date. 

Important: If the Only Once After Each Attempt option is selected, it will override any show or hide dates or times. If you want to show or hide correct answers on any specific date or time, make sure that the Only Once After Each Attempt option is not selected.
Hide Correct Answers at Hides the quiz answers after a specific date.

Important: If the Only Once After Each Attempt option is selected, it will override any show or hide dates or times. If you want to show or hide correct answers on any specific date or time, make sure that the Only Once After Each Attempt option is not selected.
Show one question at a time Displays the quiz questions one at a time. 
Lock questions after answering Locks questions after answering. This means that students cannot return to a previous question once it has been answered.