Creating a quiz (2024 builder)

Learn how to use the new question editor (launching Feb 2024) to make rich engaging questions and use the different question types available.

This doc 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. See the video below for an example of the Synap quiz experience

Quizzes are a fantastic way to boost user engagement and increase knowledge retention, use quizzes in all areas of the platform:

  • Exams: Quizzes form the source of questions in static and dynamic exams

  • Collections: Quiz or quizzes for studying large question banks, let users generate their own quizzes from the tags available to them in a collection

  • Assignments: Quizzes can have pass marks in courses to block a user progressing until they reach a required score.

Once you've created a quiz you'll be taken to the quiz editor where you can create questions individually using the on platform editor or, in bulk via the importer.

โœ๏ธ Question Editor

From the editor Questions (V3) page, select the 'Add question' option editing a new or existing quiz, you'll be prompted to select the question type. The main decision you'll be making here is whether the questions will be auto marked by the system or require manual marking by a marker.

  • Auto marked questions: Single correct, Multiple correct, Ranked, Cloze drop down, Cloze drag and drop.

  • Manual marked questions: Free text, Audio recording, File upload

Informational questions cannot be marked, they are given zero by default (use them as breaks between questions).

Learn more about the available question types in the doc below

Once you've selected a type you'll be taken to the editor where you'll need to fill out the information for the question, different question types will have different configuration options

โ“ Creating questions

Once you have selected the question type the modal will expand to show multiple tabs for the different elements of the question

Here you enter the name, stem, lead in and feedback for the question

  • Name (optional) - This will appear in the quiz builder when the question builder is not open so use it as a reference to quickly identify the question. It will also be displayed to students if you enable the question breakdown tab on the results page

  • Stem (required) - This is what you're actually asking the student to do. It will appear to the left of the screen in the side by side layout (see the configuration tab) or above the answer options in the top down layout and when the question is linked to EMQs

  • Lead in (optional) - If you add a lead in then this will appear immediately above the answer box. If you're using a lead in then the stem gives context to the question being asked and the lead in becomes what you're actually asking the student to do

  • 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. This is displayed after a candidate submits a question in practice mode, or after they submit the entire attempt in exam mode (if the question breakdown tab is enabled)

๐Ÿ“ธ Identity verification (Say cheese ๐Ÿ“ธ)

On free text questions you can also enable an option to ask candidates to take a picture of themselves through the webcam.

This is a great option if you want to have some identity verification during an exam. Just create a free text question and enable webcam snapshots in the question editor.

๐Ÿ–ผ Images

Images can be added to questions and/or feedback by selecting the image icon to upload your chosen file

๐Ÿ‘€ Previewing

Once you're happy with your questions 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.

๐Ÿ—„ Organising

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

  • Change questions

To delete a question, open it using the pencil icon and click Delete

Changes and deletions are not made permanent until you click 'Save' in the top right-hand corner.

You should not delete questions from quizzes that are being used in live exams

To change the order of questions, simply drag and drop using the icon to the left of the question name

๐Ÿ“ Instructions & Sections

You can include sections in your quiz to split questions up. Sections can either be hard (candidates cannot view a previously submitted section) or soft (candidate can view a previously submitted sections but they cannot edit their responses)

You can also add instructions that are displayed before starting a quiz and that can be accessed at any point during the quiz. More below:

๐Ÿงฎ Configure Marking - quiz level

Marking on Synap works by allocating points to correct responses. Free text, Audio recording and File upload question types can be manually marked. All other question types are marked automatically by the system. By default all correct responses are given 1 point per question, you can customise each question to be worth a different number of points. Or set a new default on the quiz

Points - Are what is awarded for a correct / partially correct response. If negative marking is being used then points are what are deducted for an incorrect answer

Credits - The maximum points up for grabs for answering a question correctly

Partial credits - the points allocated for a partially correct response eg a multi correct question where a user only got 1 out of the 3 correct responses correct.

Penalties - Maximum points that can be deducted for an incorrect option (negative marking needs to be enabled on the quiz)

๐Ÿ† Grades

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 outlined in the image above 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.

You can choose the names and required percentages for each grade.

๐Ÿ— Experience

Set the quiz, results, settings and experience style from the Configure page. More on quiz and results configuration.

๐Ÿ’ก Top Tips

- Preview 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.

- Clone questions: A huge time saver especially if you've got very similar questions with the same credits / mark schemes. Look for the little clone question button on each question in the editor

- 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, and manage them in the Tag manager (Settings > Tags)

- 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

๐Ÿ‘ฏโ€โ™€๏ธ Clone a quiz

Go to the 'Quiz details' tab of the quiz you wish to clone. Then at the bottom right of the description box, you'll see the 'clone quiz' button. Clicking this will clone the quiz you are currently on. This will:

  • Make a copy of all the questions with new ids

  • Copy over existing external ids

  • Make a copy of any EMQs with new ids

  • Duplicate sections, titles and anything else in the quiz into a new one.

๐Ÿง  Cloned quizzes are not linked to the original quiz so changing one won't change the other.

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