Canvas: Getting started with New Quizzes


This article explains how to enable and use New Quizzes.


Task: This article explains how to setup and use the New Quizzes in Canvas.



New Quizzes are now available in Canvas. You can create a new quiz or reuse a previous quiz.  Before you start using the New Quizzes, read through this KB article to familiarize yourself with New Quizzes.   There are a few options to choose and you should select the one that works best for you.

New Features:
  • Add Extra Time for an individual student for the whole course
  • Randomize Questions
  • Shuffle Answers globally and per questions.
  • Shuffle Answer per question allows for locking an answer to be excluded from shuffling
  • Item Banks (formerly known as Question Banks) are assigned to the individual and not the course. This allows you to access all the banks from multiple courses.
  • Option to not include quiz grade in gradebook
  • Partial credit available for both matching and multiple answer questions


New Question types:
  • Hot Spots
  • Stimulus
  • Ordering
  • Categorization
  • Fill in Multiple Blanks - Use Fill in the Blank questions
  • Multiple Dropdown - Use Fill in the Blank questions


What is not available in New Quizzes?
  • Question Groups
  • Surveys
  • Student Analysis CSV 
  • Bookmark Banks

Select the article link for additional details about New Quizzes Feature Comparison


Getting Started

Quiz options

In the Quizzes index page, there are now 2 quiz options to choose between Classic Quiz or New Quizzes.  At this time you can continue to use the Classic Quiz while you learn how to use New Quizzes and migrate existing Classic Quizzes to a New Quiz.  The timeline for when Classic Quizzes will be disabled has not yet been determined.  Even after the creation new Classic quizzes is disabled, they will not be removed from your course.  You will continue to have access to any Classic Quizzes.  

  1. Go to the Quizzes index page and select the +Quiz option.
  2. You are now presented with an option to choose between Quiz Classic or New Quizzes.
  3. Select new Quizzes to proceed with adding a New Quiz.


Create a New Quiz
  1. Go to Quiz index page and select +Quiz.
  2. Select New Quizzes.  Canvas article about how to create a New Quizzes
  3. Enter the quiz name and settings.
  4. Select Save to remain on the current page.
  5. Select Build to open the quiz in the build quiz page.
  6. On the build page you can add questions, manage settings and access Item banks. 


Reuse a classic Quiz

There are 3 ways to migrate an old quiz into a New Quizzes.   (The new migration of quizzes is currently being tested and may be ready this summer)

1.) Migrate Quiz:  This option is located in the Classic Quiz menu option. This option works for quizzes that have any question type except when a quiz is pulling questions from a Question Group or a Question Bank.  Also questions that contain Kaltura videos will migrate but the videos will not and will have to be re-added. See KB article for more about re-adding videos.     This option is only recommended for quizzes that are not using question groups or question banks.

2.) Export from old quiz and Import directly into a New Quizzes: This option allows you to import the questions into a quiz but doesn't create an Item (Question) Bank.  Creating a bank from this option requires selecting each individual question to be added to a bank.

3.) Export from old quiz and Import directly into an Item Bank:  This option allows you to import the quiz questions directly into an Item (Question) Bank.  Any question in the quiz or bank will be imported into an Item Bank.


Users should understand how to setup and use the New Quizzes in Canvas.


Further reading:

New Quizzes Feature Comparison

How to create a New Quizzes

How to create various questions

How to manage New Quizzes settings

How to Migrate Quizzes

How to re-add videos

How to export from old quiz and import directly into New Quizzes

How to export from old quiz and import directly into an Item Bank


Need additional help?

Please use this link to the Technology Help Desk to locate your local campus contact information.  Use the “Submit a Question” for your campus to enter an online support request. 



Article ID: 2346
Mon 7/13/20 1:31 PM
Tue 6/18/24 4:04 PM
Applicable Institution(s):
Keene State College (KSC)
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