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Top 5 Web Tools to Create Your Own Online Quiz

Lori Halley 03 June 2008 11 comments

In response to our Top 10 round-up of tools for online polls and surveys, some readers asked about the best web-based tools to create custom quizzes and tests. Many of us think first of quizzes in a classroom context, so it's no surprise that some of the best free or low-cost quiz-making applications are found in the online educational sector. Some of these quiz-makers are ideal for student-teacher use. Others can more easily make the leap to nonprofits, helping to engage visitors with your organization and your cause. As the lasting popularity of TV game shows like Jeopardy prove, we all love a chance to test our knowledge! 

Here, we've rounded up 5 web-based quiz tools to help get you started:

ClassMarker is an online quiz-making tool that's geared to both educational and business traning, with both free and paid versions. Create your quizzes, and your learners or business clients take them online. There are a few nice features that I wouldn't have expected to find in a free lightweight tool like this one -- the ability to randomize test questions, for example, and to set a time limit for taking the quiz. The ReBranded ClassMarker option that lets you add your organization's logo to your quiz page and match its colors to those of your website.

The free version of ClassMarker includes most of the basic features, while the paid version ($24.95 for educators, $49.95 business) gives the ability to add feedback to correct and incorrect answers, an option to receive the results by email, and access to a range of more detailed reports as well as enhanced product support. 

Create A Quiz is a completely free web-based tool from ProProfs that allows you to create your own online quizzes and tests, or choose from a library of existing quizzes by browsing topic categories and tags. You can share any quiz by sharing the link to its webpage, or customize your quiz with your choice of logo, text and colors, and embed it on your own website with a copy-and-paste code snippet. Each quiz includes a number of automatic extras such as printable and interactive versions, discussions, and suggestions for related quizzes. At the end of each quiz, students receive their marks with question-by-question feedback that shows areas of wekaness.

Create A Quiz is a fairly feature-packed free tool, but the quiz results seem to be public, not privately reported to the administrator, and I wasn't able to find a way to keep results private. Unless there's something I've missed, it is probably best to save this tool for study groups or self-testing rather than for more sensitive assessments.

 Quia claims to offer "the Web's most extensive collection of educational tools and templates" -- and that may very well be the case. You can create 16 types of educational games and activities, quizzes with eight different types of questions, surveys, and other online learning tools that provide immediate quanitfiable feedback to the student or, for questions where a variety of responses are acceptable, can give a "potential" mark pending the teacher's review. The existing large library of activities and quizzes is available for use free of charge, as are student accounts. To create your own acivities and quizzes, however, you'll need to subscribe.

Quia's educational package starts at $49 per year for an individual instructor, with group discounts available. You can sign up for a 30-day free trial to decide if Quia is for you.

 QuizCenter from DiscoveryEducation is a free online quiz maker with plenty of features, but there's no way to test it without diving in. To get started, you'll need to register with the My Discovery site and set up a Custom Classroom. Registration, however, enable a variety of privacy settings so quiz pages can be password protected for access only by individuals or user-defined groups within the online classroom. "After a student fills out the quiz form and submits her answers, Quiz Center checks the answers against your answer key, determines which answers are correct, and tallies the total score. Within seconds it produces a page that shows the results or, if you prefer, e-mails the results to you."

This is a very good free service, no question. My largest quibble is that I found the site navigation less than intuitive -- stray off the QuizCenter path and it's not always easy to find your way back there from the pages that promote DiscoveryEducation's other (commercial) products. To save time, you might want to bookmark.

 QuizStar from 4teachers.org lets you create unlimited quizzes in multiple formats and different languages, and to include multimedia files as well as images. Set start and end times, privacy levels, and whether you want to show the correct answers when students review the quiz after taking it. Quizzes are graded automatically, and the results can be reported by class, student, question, etc. You can choose to save the reports online, print them, or download as an Excel file. For ease of use, flexibility, and privacy, educators could do worse than give this tool a test drive, though it might be less useful to other organizations with a more public agenda.

QuizStar offers a 60-day free trial, but the service itself requires a subscription. Prices start at $39 per year for individuals, with a discounted rate for groups.

Does your nonprofit use an online quiz to attract attention, to gather information, or to help educate the public about the issues around your cause?  Tell us about it in the comments!

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Posted by Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

Published Tuesday, 03 June 2008 at 7:09 PM


  • Trisha said:

    Tuesday, 03 June 2008 at 1:37 PM

    Thank you!  I'm going to bookmark this page and read through it when I get the time.  I'd like to add something like this sometime.  

  • James said:

    Wednesday, 04 June 2008 at 1:29 AM

    Nice post - I also use www.mystudiyo.com - it's a new site with great looking quizzes, lot's of features and ít's free!

  • kare anderson said:

    Wednesday, 04 June 2008 at 12:17 PM



    You make it so fun and, shall i say, lovely to learn from the pithy tips and the design in your posts.I am going to rec. this blog at iabc .... where you would be a great speaker at a future conference ...


  • Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] said:

    Wednesday, 04 June 2008 at 7:39 PM

    @Trisha, I could see a quiz being very useful and appropriate on IdeasForWomen.com - I hope you'll let us know what tool you end up choosing and how you use it, if you do decide to add a quiz?

    @James, thanks for the tip on MyStudiyo.com. It does seem like a quick way to make a fun and flashy quiz in a 'widget' format. It's hard to tell about the marking/reports at the end of a custom quiz, but the sample quizzes are quite impressive - and apparently, I know much less about Mozart than I thought I did!

    @Kare, thank you! I must say, Wild Apricot sets a great example: it's all about helping people to help people - an attitude it's pretty easy to get behind, yes? :)

  • Anthony Showalter said:

    Thursday, 05 June 2008 at 4:34 AM

    Hi Rebecca,

    Long time reader, first time commenter.  Thanks for putting together this great list (they're all new to me).  Another resource for "quick and dirty" quizes is the Google Spreadsheet (you can share as a web form).  When respondants take the quiz, the results are automatically stored to your spreadsheet.

    I also recommend Haiku LMS (http://www.haikuls.com/) for web 2.0 style course development.  Their "assessment" module includes auto-graded quizes or exams.

  • Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] said:

    Thursday, 05 June 2008 at 6:16 AM

    Great to hear from you, Anthony, and to get your tip on Haiku LMS - new to me! I've just had a quick look at the features list and can certainly see why you're recommending the service. Anyone who is just 'testing the waters' in online training or distance education might start with the full-featured free package, and scale up gradually as their needs grow. Good one!

    Agreed, Google Spreadsheet-based web forms are hard to beat for collecting information from members/readers (there's a post about it here if anyone's curious). I've tended to see those Google Forms more as a survey tool, but you're right - this would work equally well for any quiz or test where self-grading (immediate feedback) wasn't required.

    This is the real beauty of blog comments, isn't it? We can pool our knowledge and experience to build a truly useful resource list, far more than one person could accomplish alone. Thanks so much for contributing!

  • Stephanie Hultquist said:

    Friday, 12 December 2008 at 6:00 AM

    Hello out there.

    Does anyone know how to use Google Forms to create a self-graded quiz?  All the video tutorials on-line (youtube) are cut off.  I am a tech coach for the Upper Dublin School District and my teachers are in love with google.  Seeking your help.  To see what they have been up to, please visit our wiki: www.upperdublincff.wikispaces.com

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    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] said:

    Saturday, 13 December 2008 at 4:47 AM

    Stephanie, there's a screencast here that shows how to use Google Forms to make a self-graded quiz. I haven't walked through the process outlined in this tutorial yet, so can't vouch for it, but this should give you a starting point anyway!

  • Brad said:

    Friday, 06 March 2009 at 3:13 AM

    Rebecca (or anyone else maybe still listening), thanks for the article.  I'm in a situation where I'm trying to do something LIKE an online quiz, but not exactly.

    What I am looking to write is similar to a quiz but more like a CONSULTATION.  We ask the user a series of questions, multiple choice, one at a time.  Then, depending on the cumulative answers, we give them a custom "results" page in the end that takes into account all their answers.  

    I don't have it all mapped out yet, but I imagine there will be many different possible combinations and outcomes (for example, display a certain line of text on the result page only if they answered YES to question 3 and NO to question 5, etc).

    I have seen it done in PHP though we don't have the ability to use that tech in my company for security reasons.

    Any suggestions?

  • Kaye said:

    Thursday, 26 March 2009 at 2:45 PM


    Thanks for taking the time to pull this resource together, I've been poking through the world of online quizzes/tests to see if I could find something that works. Like Brad, I'm looking for something that evaluates based on answers - like a personality-type test rather than a true/false right/wrong spectrum.

    Do you know if any of the above handle that kind of data gathering?




  • Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] said:

    Thursday, 26 March 2009 at 3:01 PM

    Brad, Kaye, there are a couple of sites where you can create a quiz where the answers affect the outcome (as in a personality quiz) - http://www.gotoquiz.com/create.html comes to mind. Would something like that work for you?

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