Canvas (myCourses) - Understand Classic Quizzes vs New Quizzes


This article describes the differences between Classic Quizzes and New Quizzes


Task: This article describes the differences between Classic Quizzes and New Quizzes


New Quizzes vs Classic Quizzes

The New Quizzes tool offers several new features and question types, but is missing some features from the Classic Quizzes tool which some instructors use for assessment. It is important you understand the differences between Classic Quizzes and New Quizzes and choose the tool that best fits your instructional needs.

While Classic Quizzes and New Quizzes share many of the same features, they do not yet have parity with all the features.   New Quizzes is still being developed and new features are being added.  Based on how you use the Canvas quizzing tool review the information below to determine which quiz platform you want to use.

New: As of 4/15/2023 Grade by question from within the Speedgrader is available in New Quizzes.

Use Classic quizzes if you:

  • Assign partial credit for Multiple Choice, Fill in the Blank
  • Schedule Surveys (graded or ungraded)
  • Use Practice Quizzes
  • Use Quiz Analytics including both Item Analysis and Student Analysis
  • Use Question Groups to shuffle questions
  • No print quiz option.  Print student quiz submission use Firefox and right click to use Print Frame

Use New Quizz​​​​​​es if you:

  • Want to use new Question types:  Categorization, Ordering, Hotspots and Stimulus questions
  • Want to use partial credit for Multiple Answer and Matching questions
  • Want to shuffle questions globally in Settings
  • Want to shuffle answers globally in Settings
  • Want to shuffle answers at the question level and lock answers in place
  • Want to set a wait time between quiz attempts
  • Want to print blank quiz, print quiz with answer key or print student submission of a quiz
  • Want to add extra time for student for the entire semester.
  • Want to view Item Banks from any course.
  • Need Item Banks to have additional features such as tags, search capability and filter/sort option
  • Want to reopen a quiz so student can continue the quiz from where they left off.

Features not available for New Quizzes

  • Export New Quizzes is not available in Quiz export.  (It is available in Export Courses under Assignments or under a New Quizzes in the Build area.)
  • Not able to use Bookmark Banks.
  • New Quizzes do not appear in the faculty To Do list
  • Quiz Analytics only has Item Analysis.  Student Analysis is not available.
  • Partial credit grading for Multiple Choice and Fill in the Blank
  • No Question Groups.  This was used to shuffle questions which is now available as a setting.
  • Designer and Observer role is not supported in New Quizzes.

Additional resource:   Canvas feature comparison article.   (This comparison indicates that Question Bank migration is not available. This means Canvas has not developed a migrate functionality but Question Banks can be moved to Item Banks.  See the article listed below.)


Getting Started with New Quizzes 

The Migrate quiz option is easy when all the questions are associated to the quiz.  If the quiz is pulling questions from a bank, then those questions will not migrate without additional steps.
Question banks can be moved into Item Banks but require additional steps to successfully move them.  

To attend a Teaching and Learning Technology training session for New Quizzes select the link to view the calendar.


After reading this article, users will be able to describe the differences between Classic Quizzes and New Quizzes.


Need additional help?

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Article ID: 4307
Tue 1/11/22 3:41 PM
Mon 12/11/23 4:19 PM
Applicable Institution(s):
Keene State College (KSC)
Plymouth State University (PSU)
University of New Hampshire (UNH)