The quiz tool is used to create and administer online quizzes and surveys. You can also use quizzes to conduct assessments. The steps to create quiz content are the same for each quiz type.


Practice: can be used as a learning tool to help students see how well they understand the course material. Students do not receive a grade for practice quizzes, even though the quiz results display the number of points earned in the quiz. Practice quizzes are not a graded quiz type. You can also view quiz results for practice quizzes.


Graded: the most common quiz, and Canvas automatically creates a column in the grade book for any graded quizzes you build. After a student takes a graded quiz, certain question types will be automatically graded. You can also view quiz results for graded quizzes in SpeedGrader or from the quiz results page.


Graded :A graded survey allows the instructor to give students points for completing the survey, but it does not allow the survey to be graded for right or wrong answers. Graded surveys have the option to be anonymous. You can also view survey results for graded surveys from the quiz details page or in SpeedGrader.


Ungraded :An ungraded survey allows you to get opinions or other information from your students, but students do not receive a grade for their responses. With ungraded surveys, you can make responses anonymous. Ungraded surveys are not a graded quiz type. You can also view survey results for ungraded surveys.

Select Quizzes from course navigation

Select +Quiz from top right hand side of page

Canvas Quiz Location

  1. ReName the Quiz
  2. Add a description in the Text Box. It can be as simple as stating what the test is covering, or what types of questions the students are to expect. You can also add links, images, and files using the right-hand side box.
  3. Quiz Type: Select the desired quiz type, the main one used is Graded Quiz, but we recommend making a Practice quiz for those first time students in Canvas to get the familiar with how it works.
  4. Assignment Group: If you have an assignment group already made choose it from the dropdown menu, if not you can make a new one.
  1. Options:
    • Shuffle Answers: This is NOT to shuffle questions, it is to shuffle the answers in the questions, for example
      A) Moon B) Sun C) Earth D) Saturn
      you may have input it this way when making the question but students may end up seeing
      A) Saturn B) Moon C)Sun D) Earth
    • Time Limit: This is where you will get a limit of how long the students have to take the test. If you do not put a number it after checking the box then it will default back to infite time. Timed quizzes begin once a student begins the exam and will not be paused if the student navigates away from the quiz. An unfinished timed quiz will be automatically submitted when the time limit expires.
    • You can allow muiltiple attempts on the quiz by checking this box, but once you have checked the box you must input how many attempts they will have or you will have given the infinte attempts. With multiple attempts you can decide what is kept; highest, lowest, or average.
    • You can 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.

Canvas Quizzes

  1. Assign: Add a Due Date and/or an Available From/Until dates if desired
  2. Save & Publish Will save your assignment progress AND allow students to see the assignment
    Save Will only save your assignment progress

Once you have set up the settings for your quiz, click the Questions tab to create the quiz questions and points. You can create individual quiz questions, questions groups, or find questions from question banks.

To see what all and how the different questions types functions go to: Questions Types

The +New Question button is used to create individual questions, that then be added to a question group if desired, see next accordion +New Question Group, to learn how to create groups.

Click +New Question

Canvas Quiz New Question

When clicked the new question will be a multiple choice by default, you can change this.

  1. This section is mainly for instructor use, you do not need to rename students will not see it. They will only see the questions by number
  2. By clicking the dropdown you can change what question type you want. Fun fact, when you create a new question right after Canvas will save that previous selection
  3. This is where you input the questions point value. By default all the questions are 1 point

Canvas Quiz Add New Question

  1. The text box is where you add the question, you can include links, files, images, videos etc. with the use of the box to the right-hand side.
  2. Answers: Depending on the question type, you would add all the possible answers here and click on the arrow to turn green to signify that that option is the correct answer.
      • Green box is for when the student gets the correct answer
      • Red box is for the wrong answer
      • grey/blue box is for neutral feedback.
    • The three colored boxes underneath Answers. These are used to leave comments/feedback.
    • If you need more possible answers click +Add Possible Answers, towards the right of Answers.
  1. Once done creating the question click Update Question to save it.

Question groups allow you to place multiple questions within a group for students to answer. You can choose the number of questions that should be answered from the group and and the point value that will be to assign each question. Creating a question group randomizes questions within a quiz. You can create multiple question groups and use multiple types of questions but all questions in the group must be assigned same point value. 

Click +New Question Group

Canvas Quiz New Question Group

The number of questions to pick and the point value will always be 1 in each field by default

  1. You have the option to name the group, this is only for instructor organization purposes and students will not see it

Canvas Quiz Add New Question Group

  1. In these two fields you'll add the number of how many questions Canvas will pick from in the group or bank, if linked, and how many points the question is worth. The points will always be the same in the group. If certain question require different point values you will need to create multiple groups
  2. Click Link to a Question Bank to link to a question bank. If you are pulling from multiple banks you will need to create multiple groups and link them.
  3. Once done click Create Group
    Depending on you choices you will either have a group blank and ready for questions or a group saying what bank it is linked too and will pull from.
  4. The icons on the right there are:
    + To add individual questions to the group, click the Add icon.
     To change the number of questions to be picked from the group or to change the points assigned, click the Edit icon
    To delete the question group, click the Delete icon

If you had created questions before making a group you can always move then into the group.

You would click and hold over the eight dots on the top left of the question box and drag the question into the group

Canvas Quiz Move Question

You can find questions in a Question Bank, as well, you will see all of the Question Banks that you have built in other courses where you are the Instructor.

Click  Find Questions 

Canvas Quiz Find Questions

  1. Select the question bank where you want to select questions.
    Note: When you find questions in a question bank, changes made to questions in the question bank will not update in the quiz.
  2. Check the boxes next to the questions you want to add to your quiz.
    If you want to select all the questions, click the Select All link.
  3. If you want to add the selected questions to a question group, select the question group drop-down list. You can create a new group or add to an existing group.
  4. When you've selected all the questions you want to use, click the Add Questions button.

Canvas Quiz Add Find Questions