Quizzes are a fantastic way to boost user engagement and increase knowledge retention. With Synap's question builder you can build different types of questions with different content to create rich, engaging quizzes.
This article is going to take you though the basics, check out other articles in this collection for more in depth guides into the different areas for quizzes.
Create a Quiz
Navigate to the quiz editor, you can do this from the library, collection, or course pages.
From here, you will need to give your quiz a title before you can add any questions. You can also include a brief description of what the quiz will be about.
Add a Question
To add your first question to a quiz select 'Questions' from the list of menu items (1), this will take you to the question section. To add your first question, simply type your answer in the box near the top of the page (2). You can then begin to add up to 26 answers options. To change an answer to the correct option, select the 'Correct' tick box (3). All questions need at least one correct and one incorrect answer but multiple correct or incorrect answers can be added.
Select the question type, there are 5 to choose from :
1) Single correct : Multiple choice type of question, with one correct answer. Value = 1 mark . These can be image answer options. For more information on all the question types available see our help guide on different question types
2) Multiple correct: Multiple choice type question, users must select all the correct options. Value = 1 mark
3) Ranked: Multiple choice type of question, users must exactly re order the options into the correct order. Value = 1 mark
4) Free text: Text entry is required to answer the question, the system doesn't mark these questions. If you are using Free Text questions in an exam you must set the results to deferred on the quiz configuration, as these need to be marked off platform
5) File Upload: Student must upload a Word / pdf etc file to the platform. This type of question must be marked manually
For Free Text and File Upload questions you must provide a Text Box label which goes above the Free Text / File Upload box for students
To add more questions, right-click on the 'Add question' box at the bottom of the page and repeat the process above.
Images and Feedback
Feedback: You have the option to provide feedback to anyone who takes the quiz which is useful if you need to explain the answer further. Feedback can be written in the box near the bottom of the page.
Images: Images can also be added to questions and/or feedback by selecting the image icon to upload your chosen file.
Previewing and Saving
Once you're happy with your question and possible responses click 'Save' to save any changes. You can then click the 'Preview' button to quickly take the quiz from a student perspective. This will open in a new tab.
We recommend doing this before making the quiz public to ensure everything is clear and displaying in the way you want it to.
All quizzes will be stored in the library and can be added to Collections / Courses during Collection / Course creation.
All quizzes that you create on Synap will be available in your Library. Go back into your created quizzes at any time to:
- Add questions
- Delete questions
- Changes questions
To delete a question, open it using the drop down arrow and click Delete (1). You will be prompted to confirm you want to delete before this is finalised. This will delete the question permanently along with its unique id. You can also delete answer options using the red circle / white 'x' button to the right of box containing the option (2). Edit the option by clicking the pencil.
Changes and deletions are not made permanent until you click 'Save' in the top right-hand corner
Note: you should not delete questions from quizzes that are being used in live exams
Depending on whether your quiz has Sections or not will dictate how you organise your questions. For a test without Sections just click the Organise button in the top right hand corner of the screen. You will then be able to drag and drop the questions into a different order.
For a test with Sections, click Organise Section at the bottom of the Section.
EMQs are ‘Extended Matching Questions’ they are a way to link multiple questions by a common question stem. For example, multiple questions on the same passage of text.
You can add these before or after adding your MCQs. Just click on the EMQ Groups tab in the list of options and then the 'Create an EMQ' button
You then enter the stem of the question and feedback in the same way as you do for the individual questions. Give the EMQ's a clear and unique External ID.
Click Save once you're happy, you will see that the EMQ has been given an ID
Once you've saved your EMQ, go to your MCQs. You will need to assign the relevant questions to the EMQ via the Advanced Options drop down menu.
Once you've done this you will see that the MCQ is 'wrapped' in a grey box containing the details of the EMQ. Additional MCQs added to the same EMQ will be wrapped in the same box
For more information on EMQ's refer to the below article
The section builder (access through the sub menu) lets you create strict sections. Sections contain questions, users navigate freely between questions in that section. But they cannot go back to a section once it has been submitted. Use sections to group different parts of a quiz together, or to prevent users going back into answer questions once they have moved into another section.
You can also create timed sections, which will kick users out of a section if they don't submit in time.
Enable instructions to create a dedicated first page of your quiz, you can add a timer to these questions. Once the timer runs out the user will be progressed onto the first question. Instructions take rich text so you can put any information, videos, images you want in them.
Depending on the type of quiz you have, you may want to include some grades or passing boundaries. To create grades navigate to the grade builder using the sub menu. Once there you'll need at least one pass and one fail grade.
The boundaries translate to:
A = 80% = pass
users with 80% or above will achieve the A grade, and pass
B = 70% = pass
users with 70% or above will achieve the B grade, and pass.
E = 40% = pass
40% is the lowest someone can possibly score in order to pass.
Fail = 0% = fail
users with between 0% and 39% will fail this exam.
Set the quiz, results settings and experience style from the Configure page. More on quiz and results configuration.
- Preview your content: When you're building a quiz you'll want to keep previewing everything. Make good use of the preview made offered on the question page and take your quiz as a student before you release it!
- Different question styles: Using multiple question styles presents users with a new challenge. It can keep your questions fresh and engaging.
- Make use of external ids: Although external ids on questions and emqs aren't enforced, if you're going to end up with huge question banks we recommend you give them a unique id that easily identifies the question to your team eg great_expectations_magwitch_mcq1
- Tag your questions: If you want to get insights from your questions you'll want to give them tags. Tags let you group questions across quizzes. You can create as many tags as you like. See our guides on tag and facet management
- Bulk import / export. Once your quiz gets to a certain size it may become easier to manage it off a question sheet. See our guide on using the question importer