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Randomising questions from question banks in quizzes

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For: StaffApplication: QuizzesTagged: quiz , quizzes , random question

Once question banks have been created, one can select random questions from them to provide participants a variety of questions and to limit collusion/cheating if there are not stringent exam conditions. Further conditions to assist against cheating could include tight time restrictions for participants so there is insufficient time to collude/cheat.

If randomised questions are used in addition to shuffling questions, one limits the abilities of participants of being to observe and gain advantage from other participants sitting in close proximity.

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This guide assumes you are familiar with creating a quiz activity and have created a question bank or have access to one.

If not, please see our guidance material on creating quizzes and question banks.


  1. Once you have created the quiz activity and configured the settings, you can populate it with questions. To do so, click on the quiz activity you have created and select ‘edit quiz’:
  2. Now click ‘add’ to reveal the drop down menu and then select ‘a random question’.
  3. In the following screen, you will be able to 1. select the question bank from the ‘category’ field, 2. filter by tags which have been applied to the questions, 3. select the number of questions which you wish each student to have, then 4. save via the button at the bottom of the page:
  4. You will now see the questions appear in the quiz, like in the example below. The dice icon indicates that the questions which have been selected are random and the name of the question bank they have come from is listed alongside:
  5. Once your questions have been added, click ‘save’ at the top of the page to save these changes.

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