Activities: Realtime Quiz

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Face-to-face quiz with all students answering the questions at the same time.
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You may want to consider using the Active quiz activity, instead of this, older, Realtime quiz activity. Active quiz is based on Realtime quiz, but adds question bank and gradebook support, feedback charts, better controls for the teacher, group support and many other useful features not found here.

A multiple-choice quiz designed for use in a face-to-face lesson.
Each student receives each question at the same time with a time limit to answer it (default 30 seconds). In between each question the correct answer is displayed, along with the number of students giving each answer (and some statistics about the percentage class / individual correct answers). This allows each question to be discussed before moving on.

Teachers can review the answers, once the quiz is finished, to identify any areas that need to be covered again.

Recent improvements (2010) include:

  • Ability to add a picture to each question
  • More attractive question display
  • Easier question editing
  • Reduced network traffic & improved stability (particularly on wireless networks)

Overview video (for the Moodle 1.9 version - the 2.x version looks slightly different):


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  • Picture of lilach bareket
    Wed, Jan 6, 2016, 7:36 PM
    Hello, we are using version 2.9 and after creating a question I am not able to move it to the question list, what do I do wrong?!
  • Davo
    Wed, Jan 6, 2016, 8:40 PM
    lilach, I'm not quite sure what you are trying to do. There isn't any mechanism to 'move a question to the question list' - you just create a question (inside the realtime quiz plugin) and it is then part of the list.
  • Davo
    Thu, Nov 24, 2016, 4:33 AM
    All automated tests passing in Moodle 3.2, without any code changes.
  • Picture of Gemma Lesterhuis
    Tue, Dec 27, 2016, 8:49 PM
    Hello Davo, I made some Dutch translation, though I bounch into the same problem that's been reported over here Do you have any idea how to fix it? Gemma
  • Davo
    Tue, Dec 27, 2016, 9:28 PM
    If it's exactly the same problem as that ticket, then remove the unwanted newline character from the language string. If it's not exactly the same, then it's hard for me to guess what problem you might be having or what the solution is.
  • Picture of Roberto Centeno
    Mon, Dec 25, 2017, 11:58 AM

    what would be the ideal value for the AJAX waiting time with 100 or 200 simultaneous students answering the questionnaire?
  • Davo
    Mon, Dec 25, 2017, 4:01 PM
    Roberto - you'd have to experiment to find out. When I was using this as a teacher, i never had more than 25 using it at once (and this was before that feature was contributed), so I can't offer advice on larger numbers.
  • Newport Beach California!
    Fri, Mar 15, 2019, 3:51 AM
    Any possibility to getting this to work with the Moodle app?
  • Davo
    Fri, Mar 15, 2019, 4:02 PM
    Writing mobile versions of plugins is a fairly large amount of work (particularly in this case, where it is going to need to work in real time, rather than being a simple offline display). If you are able to fund the development time involved, then please get in touch directly (unfortunately, I am going to struggle to give an estimate for the time it will take, as I've not yet written a full mobile version of a plugin yet, just a few brief experiments).
  • Picture of Roberto Centeno
    Tue, Apr 9, 2019, 1:17 AM
    I can create the questions of the problem without any problem. But when you go to the "View questionnaire" window, the blue buttons appear with the legend "indefinite", I type the name of the questionnaire in the blank space but it does not enter with the "enter" key or with the blue buttons. That is, the questionnaires are not being visualized.
  • Davo
    Tue, Apr 9, 2019, 2:46 AM
    Hi Roberto - that doesn't really give me anything much to go on. I'd need some idea of what version of Moodle, what version of the realtime quiz plugin, what web browser, what language settings you were using, any javascript error messages. If you can give me enough information to reproduce the problem, then I might be able to see if it is something I can fix.

    All I can say, is that the plugin is working fine for me, so there must be something different about your setup that is causing a problem.
  • Picture of Leandro C.
    Fri, Apr 19, 2019, 7:25 AM
    Hi Davo, I'm looking for a plugin that allows me to set up a quiz and control the display time of each question, so that the student must respond within that time to move on to the next question, without being able to review any question.

    In addition, I would like to give the student the opportunity to take the quiz at any time, without the teacher's need to follow the test in real time.

    With the plugin you are making available, would it be possible to use it as I described above?
  • Davo
    Fri, Apr 19, 2019, 7:57 PM
    Hi Leandro,

    This plugin is designed for live classroom usage to gather responses from a class, with the quiz under the control of a teacher. There is no option for students to start a session without the teacher being present, nor is there an option for different students to start at different times (when the quiz is running, everyone sees the same question at the same time, with the time limit countdown also occurring at the same time).

    What you are asking for might be possible with a custom question behaviour ( or, more likely, it would require a custom activity type (something like that may already exist, I don't know of any such activity off the top of my head, or you could contact my employers, Synergy Learning, and we could discuss how much it cost to develop something like for you).
  • Davo
    Mon, Nov 18, 2019, 4:12 PM
    All appears to be working in Moodle 3.8 (Travis continues to have problems with running the behat tests, due to awkward timing in the quiz, but all tests passing locally).
  • Davo
    Tue, Jun 16, 2020, 12:39 AM
    Automated tests all passing in Moodle 3.9 and no obvious problems in the manual testing I've tried.
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