13-Point Checklist for Building Better Online Quizzes

  • Make the first question simple — this gives students confidence right off the bat.

  • Switch up the kind of questions you use.

  • True/False

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  • Open-ended/short answer

  • Multiple choice

  • Keep the format consistent throughout the quiz.

  • Maintain the same number of answer options.

  • Answer options should be concise.

  • Present your quiz questions in the same order in which you taught the lesson.

  • Plan out the timing of the test.

  • Prepare a secondary assignment for students to work on if they get done early.

  • Split the test into two parts if it’s really long.

  • Change the quiz to an essay to cover more content.

  • Aim for 6 to 12 questions per quiz.

  • Make sure there is only one completely correct answer for every question.

  • Test students on several learning levels.

  • The majority of questions should test lower levels (application, recall, and comprehension)

  • Add some questions that test higher levels (evaluation, analysis, and synthesis)

  • Avoid words such as “always” or “never” as they can often be used to trick students.

  • Be sure to focus on only one idea or piece of information per question.

  • Use a resource like Help Teaching to help you find the best quiz questions.

  • How To Create A Free Quiz Online

  • Create a free account by visiting https://www.helpteaching.com/free-quiz-maker.

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