Changing Quiz Settings (New Quiz Creation Experience)

There are many settings options for quizzes.  The most common ones are listed below.

NOTE: When setting up restrictions for a quiz, please keep in mind that certain features may limit the use of adaptive technology and learning strategies. It is important to maintain a balance. Click here to find out more about Accessible D2L Quiz Settings.

Availability Dates & Conditions

Start, Due, and End Dates can be used to make a quiz available to students for a limited time. Students will be able to view information about the quiz, but will not be able to start taking it before the Start Date or after the End Date.  There are two types of date restrictions for quizzes.

  •  A Due Date is the instructor-given date (and time) deadline for submitting a quiz (or assignment).  However a student may submit after the Due Date (up until an End Date, if one is set), in which case it will be flagged as late, in red, in both the instructor and the student view.
  • An End Date is more restrictive. It cuts off the quiz at the End Date and time set, where the student can no longer start a quiz.

Note: An End Date only restricts the ability to start the quiz, not to complete the quiz. If a student starts a quiz that has a 60 minute enforced time limit at 5 minutes before the End Date/time, the student will still have the entire 60 minutes to complete the quiz.

  • If a Due Date and End Date are both set, then the submission can be submitted late, after the Due Date, until the End Date is reached. 

Set Quiz Availability Dates and Conditions

1- On the Edit Quiz screen, you can set the Due Date as well as the Availability Dates and Conditions.

For more information on how to create a quiz in the New Quiz Creation Experience, please click here

2- To set the availability dates and conditions, do any/all of the following:

  • Select the Due Date widget [A] under the quiz name to set a Due Date for the quiz, and enter the appropriate date and time.
  • In the top-right corner of the screen, select the Availability Dates & Conditions [B] to set a Start Date and End Date for the quiz, and enter the appropriate date and time.
  • Select the Add availability dates to Calendar checkbox to display the quiz Start and/or End Dates in the course calendar.
  • Select Release Conditions [C] and add release conditions to make this quiz only viewable after the students have met specified criteria. Click here to learn more about setting up Release conditions.
  • Under Special Access [D], select Manage Special Access to provide individual students Academic Accommodations if they require a longer time limit, different dates, or multiple attempts. Click here to learn how to set up Special Access.
  • You can require a Password [E] for students to use in order to take the quiz. You can will display this password in the classroom when the quiz is administered to ensure that students are present.
  • IP Restrictions [F]. At this time, we recommend not using IP restrictions for quizzes.
Timing & Display
  1. Timing [A]. To set the time limit for the quiz, select Timer Settings.
    • Select Enforced Time Limit to enable a time limit for students to complete the quiz.
    • Enter the number of minutes students are allowed to complete the quiz.
    • Enter the number of minutes for a Grace Period. The grace period is the number of minutes students have after the time limit has expired to submit their quiz before it is flagged as late.
    • Select the desired behavior after the Grace Period has been exceeded:
    • Allow the student to continue working. The student may continue to make changes and submit after the grace period.  The quiz will be flagged as late.
    • Prevent the student from making further changes.  The student will not be able to make changes once the grace period has passed.  The student will only be able to submit.
    • Allow the student to continue working, but automatically score the attempt as zero after an extended deadline.  The student may continue to make changes and submit after the grace period.  When they do so, the quiz will automatically be given a zero.  The instructor will need to manually grade as little or as much of the quiz a they choose.
    • Click OK.

2. Paging [B]. Here you can select how many questions per page will be displayed to the students and add a page break after each section if your questions are grouped into sections.

3. Shuffle Quiz [C]. You can choose for the questions to shuffle within the quiz, which is one of the cheating prevention options.

4. Under Display [D], you may allow hints for students as well as Disable Email, Instant Messages, and Alerts to prevent students from accessing them

5. Under Header and Footer [E], you can add a Quiz Header and Footer that will be visible to learners at the top and bottom of the quiz, respectively.

Attempts & Completion

By default, students are allowed one chance to take a quiz. As Instructor you may choose to allow students multiple attempts.  

  1. Under Attempts [A], click Manage Attempts to select 1 to 10 or an unlimited number of attempts for the quiz. Under Overall Grade Calculation, specify how the quiz score will be calculated. (The default option is Highest Attempt, but there are several other options, including Average Score.) Select OK to save your settings.


If multiple attempts are allowed and the quiz is associated with a grade item,  the score to be transferred to the gradebook will need to be specified.

You can change the number of attempts across multiple quizzes on the “Manage Quizzes” page by selecting the checkboxes next to the names of the quizzes, then select the Bulk Edit link at the top of the list. Reset the number of attempts for each quiz in the “Attempts Allowed” column.

2. Category [B]. Select a category for your quiz if you organize quizzes into categories (optional).

3. Notification Email [C]. Enter one or multiple notification emails to receive notifications each time a quiz is attempted by a student.

Evaluation & Feedback

By default, newly created quizzes will auto-publish results to students upon completion on the quiz attempt page and in some cases, to the gradebook. If you do not want either or one of this to happen, uncheck the Auto-publish attempt results immediately upon completion and Synchronize to grade book on publish options. You can also select what will be displayed to students when the results are published.

It is also possible to customize what students will see upon quiz completion by clicking Customize Quiz Results Display. You can either edit the primary view [A] or add an Additional View [B] which will appear after or for a certain time.

When you have finished working on your settings, click OK.

Click here to learn more about how to customize the submission view and make feedback visible to students.

Once the quiz settings have been changed, preview the quiz to make sure everything is correct before students begin taking it. By using the Preview option you can test the accuracy of content and grading before you release a quiz. In Preview, you can answer the questions, view allowed hints, submit the quiz, auto-grade answers, read feedback, and view report results.