Adding a quiz activity

In the first stage of adding a quiz, key decisions regarding the basic properties of the quiz should be made, such as the number of points that can be achieved in the quiz, whether the order of questions should be random, whether the student can go back to previous questions during the quiz, etc. Below is review of quiz options.


In the General section we give the quiz a name (mandatory field) and optionally a Description. It will be visible on the first (introductory) page for the quiz. If we want this description to be also visible on the main page of the course under the name of the quiz, tick the Display description on course page box.


In the Timing section it is possible to specify the period of time during which the quiz for students is open. By default, the quiz is open without time limits. In this section it is also possible to limit the time of a single attempt.

To set the start and / or end date between which students can take the quiz, select Enable next to Open the quiz and Close the quiz. When checked, windows enabling precise dates and times will be activated. You can also set one of these dates and leave the other in the default state.

To set the time limit for a single attempt, select the ‘Enable; option next to ‘Time limit’ and set the amount of time after which the system will automatically finish the quiz. You can also set what happens when the student exceeds the time. While taking the quiz, the elapsed time counter will appear on the screen.


In the Grade category section, you can specify into which category of grades in the Gradebook the student’s result on the quiz should be saved. To use this option, you must first create categories in the ‘Gradebook’.

‘Grade to pass’ determines how many points must be obtained for the quiz to automatically count as a passing grade. For each question, you can individually set the number of points awarded for a good answer.

In the ‘attempts allowed’ section, you can set the number of time that the student may attempt the quiz. By default, the student can try an unlimited number of times.

When the student may make more than one attempt, then you should specify how the final grade will to be calculated in ‘grading method’ (it could be set to the average of all attempts or only use the best result that the student achieves).


In the Layout section, you can specify whether every question starts on a new page, or how many questions you would like to have on each page, and whether the student will be able to move freely between these pages during the quiz (in the ‘Sequential’ navigation method, once they have started the quiz, students can only move in the order in which the pages are arranged and it is not possible to return to previous pages of the quiz).

Question behaviour

The behaviour of the questions determines whether the questions in the quiz should appear in the order in which you set them, or shuffled differently each time they given.

In the ‘How questions behave’ section, you can choose from a number of options that specify:

  • In addition to the answers, should the quiz also measure the level of certainty (CBM: „Certainty-based marking”)?
    After selecting this option, students will be asked after each quiz question how confident they are in their answer. In the case of high confidence, a correct answer will win the student more points, but fewer points if the answer is incorrect.
  • Should the „Check” button be available next to the question? (The ‘adaptive mode’ will only work correctly if in the „review options” section you have ticked the option that allows students to know ‘whether correct’ under the ‘during the attempt’ column.)
  • May the answer be changed to the correct one during the quiz?
  • Should further instructions be shown in response to incorrect answers? (enable the „specific feedback” option in the „Review options” section).
Review options

’Review options’ refer to when and how the students get information about the correctness of their answers.


Students may have access to information about their results at various stages of the quiz.

During the attempt

These options will only be available if the ‘adaptive mode’, ‘immediate feedback’, or ‘Interactive with multiple tries’ option has been selected in the ‘question behaviour’ section.

Immediately after the attempt

Students may check their results in the 2 minutes following their completion of the quiz.

Later, while the quiz is still open

Students may check their results until the set closing time of the quiz.

After the quiz is closed

Students may check their results once the quiz is closed.

What information is available?

The attempt

This option shows how the student answered the questions.

Whether correct

Shows whether the answers were correct.


Shows the number of points accumulated by the student.

Specific feedback

Shows detailed feedback on individual answers (correct or incorrect) to questions (if these responses were defined by you when you added the questions).

General feedback

Shows general feedback defined for the question (if you entered such comments).

Right answer

Provides the correct answer to the question, whether the student answered correctly or not.

Overall feedback

Displays feedback which you have defined for the entire quiz (this is not available while taking the quiz – ‘During the attempt’).


The settings in this section help when conducting the quiz and analysing the results.

Show the user’s picture

  • When conducting an exam using Pegaz on computers in an exam room, sometimes those who invigilate (proctor) the students in the room do not know them by sight (if these are additional assistants who are helping with the exam). This function displays the photo of a given student on the screen during the quiz, if the student has entered such a photo.

Decimal places in grades

  • Decimal places in grades is a setting that allows you to specify how the points will be displayed in summaries, the gradebook, etc. The system will often calculate fractional points.

Decimal places in question grades

  • The system can also show point analyses of individual questions. For these analyses, you can set the display accuracy of the scoring separately (up to seven decimal places).

Show blocks during quiz attempts

  • This setting is important if you added blocks to the course (set to be visible on all sides of the course), which for some reason should not appear on the screen during the quiz.
Extra restrictions on attempts

The settings in this section apply to the quiz situation in controlled conditions. They relate to various safeguards that hinder cheating and other types of cheating.

Require password

  • People who do not know this password will not be able to complete the quiz.

Require network address

  • If you know the network addresses which identify all computers (they have a fixed IP address that uniquely identifies the computer) on which a quiz will be conducted (typically, this would be computers in the exam room), you may use this restriction. Only people using these specific computers may take the quiz.

Enforced delay between 1st and 2nd attempts

  • If you want to reduce attempts to solve the quiz by haphazard guessing on rapidly repeated attempts, you can use this restriction. The student must wait to retake the quiz. Time ranges provide for the ability to set as much as days or weeks before retaking the quiz. This restriction only applies to the time between the first and second attempts.

Enforced delay between later attempts

  • As in the restriction above, this helps when you want to eliminate solving the quiz by rapid haphazard guessing. The student must wait to retake the quiz.

Browser security

  • With this setting, you can secure the browser on which the exam is taking place in such a way that the student has limited opportunities for using the Internet in the same browser while taking the quiz.
Overall feedback

This is information that appears after the quiz is completed. You may decide to display different content depending on what percentage of the quiz the student answered correctly.

  • In the default setting, all students who complete the quiz with any score (from 0% to 100%) receive the same feedback. However, you can divide the range of quiz scores into any number of brackets and define appropriate feedback for each of those brackets.

Common module settings


  • This setting defines whether this module is to be visible to students on the course page or whether you want to hide it for some reason.

Group mode

  • If you divide students into groups in a course or this particular activity, you can make the results of each group available to others or hidden from them.
Restrict access

You can make access to this activity subject to certain conditions that must be met in advance. For example, a student must first complete another activity, e.g. in the previous section, or access may be restricted to a time period only (or students cannot access at this specific time), etc.