Quiz Tools

Create a quiz, survey, or self-assessment, review the results, and see class statistics.

Creating a Quiz

VU Collaborate Quiz tool is effective at testing and identifying gaps in knowledge and providing feedback to instructors and students. You can create a quiz in VU Collaborate and link it to the gradebook to form a component of students' assessments.

You can utilise the settings tabs to define the quiz general properties, restrictions, assessment, objectives, submission views, and report setup.

To see a short video on how to create a quiz in VU Collaborate, see the video below:



This guide illustrates the steps needed to create and set up a quiz. 


Step One: Access Quizzes

 1. Click Assessment and select Quizzes on the navigation bar.


 quizzes highlighted from dropdown menu on main navigation bar


2. Click New Quiz.


New quiz button


Step Two: Setup Quiz Properties

 In the Quiz Properties tab, fill in the following fields:

1. Enter Name for the new quiz.

2.  If desired, select a Category to Group the quiz. You can either choose an existing category from the dropdown or create a new one by clicking the link [add category] . 

Note: Categories are useful for organising quizzes with similar or related content. 




3. Click Add/Edit questions button to add questions to the quiz, these will generally be imported from the Question Library. You can also use this section to edit questions in the quiz.

Tip: Please see guide Creating Questions in the Question Library for more details about how to add questions to the quiz.

4. If desired, you can add Description/Introduction to describe quiz.

5. Also a Page Header/Footer can be added to the quiz.

6. Optional Advanced Properties can be added for further advanced communication options such as email alerts and restricting communication with other students. Select the appropriate properties for your quiz or leave blank. 

7. Notification Email can be addded to receive an email message anytime that a user completes a quiz attempt.


adding notification email


Tip: Click Save throughout the process to avoid losing any content. 

Step Three: Setting Restrictions

 1. Click the Restrictions tab. 




2. The Status drop-down menu can be used to activate the quiz. Make sure it is set to Active so students are able to attempt the quiz.


Status dropdown active


3. In addition to activating the quiz you also need to make sure the dates are set correctly. Set a Due date. Add a Start Date and End Date for the Quiz to determine when the quiz is visible to students.


restriction date


 4. Security Options is where you can check Respondus LockDown Browser setting. However, you can not edit here. To change your Respondus LockDown Browser setting, please see the guide Respondus LockDown Browser


security option


5. In Optional Advanced Restrictions, a password may be entered and users will have to enter this password to start the quiz. 

Note: On IP Restriction, Users can only access a quiz from the IP address you specify here. Leave fields blank to allow multiple IP address access points. 

    Click the drop down menu to expand optional advanced restrictions.


expand optional advanced restrictions


Step Four: Setting Timing and Availability

4.1 In the Timing section fill in the following fields:

1. Time Limit: Enter a time limit for your quiz.  You can enforce a time limit if needed and show clock. The default time limit is 120 minutes. 


recommended time


2Click Enforced Time  Limit  to edit Grace Period. 

    Grace Period: Enter a grace period before users' quiz is flagged as late. Choose whether or not the students are able to keep working on the quiz after the time limit.


Grace period


3. Late Submission: Select a penalty type for late submissions. 


exceeded time limit behaviour


4.2 Special Access Capabilities

1. Click Allow selected users special access, to create special access to the quiz. You can search and assign specific users a different set of Quiz Availability dates and late submission properties. 


allow selected users special access to quiz option


2. Add Users to Special Access enables you to increase the time limit for special-needs users or extensions and allow different start and end dates for individual users. Click Add Users to Special Access to alter the settings for these individual students.


add users to special access


3. Add Special Access to Quiz allows you to alter any individual setting you wish. Change the requirements as you need. 


special access restrictions


4. After you finish modifying special access properties and user permissions, click Add Special Access at the bottom of your screen. 


add special access button


Note: When you return to Advanced Availability section of the Restrictions tab, you can select Allow only users with special access to see the quiz to prevent other users from accessing the quiz if needed.


Step Five: Assessment Setup

1. Click the Assessment tab.



5.1 There are a number of assessment options for the quiz in terms of linking to grade items and rubrics 

1. Associating a Grade Item with a quiz allows quiz results to be automatically linked to the Grades tool. When Automatic Grade is turned on, users can see their score as soon as they submit their attempt. The score displayed is only what the system can auto-grade.This setting must be turned on for grades to be automatically sent to the grade book, and for the default submission view to be released to users when they complete an attempt.


2. Grade Item:  Click the dropdown menu to link a grade item. Alternatively, you may add grade item by clicking add grade item.


3. ePortfolio artefacts: When this option is checked, users can add the submission view of this quiz to their ePortfolio as a certified artefact.


auto and eportfolio 


5.2 Within the Attempts area in the assessment tab, complete the following fields: 

1. Scroll down to Attempts allowed and click. Select the number of attempts you would like to allow. 


attempts allowed option


2. If the number is between 2 - 10, you can choose how Overall Grade Calculation works by clicking the drop down. 


 overall grade

Note: Overall Grade Calculation: You can allow users one or more quiz attempts and calculate a grade based on their highest attempt, first attempt last attempt, or average of all attempts.

Step Six: Setting Submission Views

New Quiz Submission Views

When finished setting your quiz Attempts, click the Submission Views tab. This is where you determine what the student will see after they have submitted. 

Within the Submission Views and in the Default View section complete the following fields.

1. Default view: A default quiz submission view will appear to users after each quiz attempt submission. 

    Additional views: As mentioned, you can edit and customise the default view or create and select a customised view through Additional Views.


submission views


2. To edit Default View, click Default View.


default view


3. Enter the Message.




4. Choose how you want to display questions.


view details


5. To create an Additional View, click Add Additional View to create a new submission view.


Add Addtional View


6. Name this view. This will make it easier to identify in the future if you wish to apply it to a different quiz. Once you have created another view, you are able to set your favourite as the default.


fields for entering Name and description of view


 7. Scroll down to customise the settings. 


view restrictions


Date: The submission view can be available for a certain amount of time.

IP Address: The IP Address can be restricted. We do not recommend you use this feature unless you are very familiar with the technology. 


8. View Details: This section is where you define what the student sees when they have completed and submitted the quiz. Select which options you would like. Of the round radio buttons, you can only select one. 

view details


Score: Students will see the score as soon as they submit. This will only show things with correct answers.

Statistics: Students will see the class average or the score distribution.  

Once complete, click Save to proceed or Cancel if you would like to start again. 


save and cancel buttons


Step Seven: Adding a Report

 Create a report in the Reports Setup tab.


reports setup

1. Click Add Report.


Add report

2. Enter a Report Name. 

3. Select Report Type.


reports options

Question Statistics: Displays class average, score distribution, includes bonus questions, and the Out Of value for each question.

Question Details: Displays question difficulty levels, text responses, includes bonus questions, and shows all private comments. 

User Statistics: Displays class average, score distribution, and Org Defined ID.

Attempt Details: Displays Org Defined ID and duration of quiz attempt.

User Attempts: Displays Org Defined ID.

You can choose to immediately release report after a quiz submission, or enter an alternate date and time.


4. In the Release Report To area, select the check boxes next to the roles you want to release the report to. This will usually just be to Convenors and Instructors.


release report to


 5. Click Save and Close to finalise your Quiz. Remember to see the separate guide Creating Questions in the Question Library for the various question types.


Further Support

Visit the VU Collaborate Help site at https://vucollaboratehelp.vu.edu.au for up to date information and resources on blended learning or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Contact ITS Service Desk on (03) 9919 2777 or via self-service http://servicedesk.vu.edu.au for further technical support.