Changing Quiz Settings (Classic 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.

Start, Due, and End Dates

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 Start, End and Due Dates

1- From the Edit Quiz screen, click on the Restrictions tab beside Properties. For more information on how to create a quiz, click here

2- The Restrictions page will open.  Do any/all of the following:

  • Select the Has Due Date checkbox [A] to set a Due Date for the quiz, and enter the appropriate date and time.
  • Select the Has Start Date [B] checkbox to set a Start Date for the quiz, and enter the appropriate date and time.
  • Select the Has End Date [C]  checkbox to set an End Date for the quiz, and enter the appropriate date and time.
  • Select the Display in Calendar [D] checkbox to display the quiz Start and/or End Dates in the course calendar.
  • Select Release Conditions [E] 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.

3- Select Save and Close when the setting changes are complete.

Time Limit and Late Submission Options
  1. Select the quiz name.
  2. Select Restrictions.
  3. Select Enforced Time Limit to enable a time limit for students to complete the quiz
  4. Enter the number of minutes students are allowed to complete the quiz.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  1. Click Save and Close.
Special Access

Special Access can be assigned to students to provide Academic Accommodations and give them extended time limits for quizzes or other form of submissions based on need. The special access feature also allows you add multiple attempts or create an alternate testing window.  Click here to learn how to set up Special Access.

Number of Quiz attempts

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

  1. Select the quiz name.
  2. Select Assessment
  3. Multiple settings for grading will be displayed.
  4. Select the dropdown arrow on the “Attempts Allowed” menu [A] and select a number.
  5. Select Apply [B] .
  1. Select an option in “Overall Grade Calculation” to specify how the quiz score will be calculated. (The default option is Highest Attempt, but there are several other options, including Average Score.)
  2. Select Save and Close.


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.

Students’ view of Questions and Answers after students have completed the quiz

By default, only the overall quiz score achieved by a student is displayed on the quiz submission confirmation page.  An instructor can choose to adjust the default submission view to include other elements like feedback, questions that the student answered incorrectly, questions the student answered correctly and/or the correct answers.  It is also possible to add additional views that are available after a specific date. Click here to learn how to make feedback visible to students.

Once the quiz settings have been changed, preview it 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. Click here lo learn how to view a quiz as student using the preview option.