Activities: Offline Quiz

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The MC Offline quiz module (mod/offlinequiz) adds paper-and-pencil multiple-choice quizzes to Moodle. In offline quizzes students mark answers to questions on a sheet of paper (the answer form).
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MC Offline quiz module

The Moodle MC Offline quiz module adds paper-and-pencil multiple-choice quizzes to Moodle. In offline quizzes students mark answers to questions on a sheet of paper (the answer form). The students' answer forms are evaluated and graded automatically by the offline quiz module. 

More precisely, a complete offline quiz consists (at least) of the following steps:

  • A teacher creates an offline quiz in Moodle and adds multiple-choice questions, all-or-nothing multiple-choice questions or description questions (text) to the quiz. This is very similar to creating online quizzes (standard Moodle quizzes).
  • From the question lists the teacher creates question sheets and answer forms as PDF (DOCX) documents using the module. 
  • The question sheets and answer forms are handed out to students for the actual quiz. The students mark the answers they think are correct in the answer form.
  • The teacher scans the filled-in answer forms and uploads the resulting images into the offline quiz. The scanned answer forms are evaluated and graded automatically by the module. 
  • If necessary, the teacher corrects errors that might have occurred due to mistakes made by the students or due to bad scan quality.

After results have been created in an offline quiz, students can review their result as usual. If the teacher allows it, students can also see the scanned answer forms and which markings have been recognised as crosses.

The module supports up to six groups which are not related to Moodle course groups. Each group can contain a different set of questions in a different order. Separate question sheets and answer forms are created for the different offline quiz groups.

The module also supports lists of participants which are useful for checking which students actually took part in the exam. Lists of participants are pre-filled with students in Moodle. PDF versions of those lists can be created in the module for easy marking during the exam. The marked lists can be uploaded and evaluated automatically.


The offline quiz module is used intensively at different Austrian universities for mass exams. Hundreds of students can be easily examined at the same time (given enough seating space in lecture halls) without the need for expensive e-testing equipment.


Copy the module code directly to the "mod/offlinequiz" directory. Open the messages page in the administration area to automatically start the installation.

The automatic analysis of questionnaires requires the activation of an appropriate cronjob (see README.txt).

Admin settings

As an administrator you can set the default values instance-wide on the settings page for administrators in the MC Offline quiz module.

  • formula for participant identification (text field)
  • mix questions (checkbox)
  • mix answers (checkbox)
  • logo URL (text field)
  • copyright indication (checkbox)
  • settings for exam inspection (checkbox)
  • decimal places (drop down)
  • paper's white level (drop down)
  • 1-click inscription (checkbox)
  • role for inscription (drop down)
  • saving days (text field)


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  • Picture of Trường Hải Võ
    Sun, 24 Dec 2017, 4:51 PM
    I'm from to VietNam, I'm teacher, I want to change format form result from "X" to "O", I search code file scanner.php but i can not do it. Please help me!
  • Picture of aftab ali
    Thu, 28 Dec 2017, 1:45 PM
    Hi @Thomas Wedekind ,
    I create a user with ID 1234567 .
    I register this user and add it into participant of an offline sample test , but under the Participant it not showing the ID + at the mark sheet it not showing red color message " User 1234567 does not exist in system Page: 1/1 (User does not exist) " . below screens I am uploading .

    Below Image describing more clear view . Anyone can guide ?
  • Picture of sulagna behera
    Thu, 28 Dec 2017, 3:28 PM
    Hi. Is this plugin only for multiple choice questions and description type?
  • Picture of Dinis Medeiros
    Tue, 16 Jan 2018, 6:59 AM
    Is it compatible with 3.4?
  • Picture of AMC Academic Moodle Cooperation
    Tue, 16 Jan 2018, 8:42 PM
    Dear Dinis,
    we are currently working on the update to 3.4, which should be available mid/end of February. We will publish it here on, as soon as it is ready to go.
  • Picture of AMC Academic Moodle Cooperation
    Wed, 17 Jan 2018, 4:54 PM
    We just published the newest 3.4 version of the Offline Quiz - have fun.
  • Picture of Dinis Medeiros
    Wed, 17 Jan 2018, 6:36 PM
    Why this? Can you help?
  • Picture of Elia Schoen
    Wed, 17 Jan 2018, 6:55 PM
    I obtain this error:
    DDL sql execution error
  • Picture of AMC Academic Moodle Cooperation
    Mon, 22 Jan 2018, 4:07 PM
    Dear Dinis, Dear Elia,
    first things first - thanks for coming back to us with your problems.
    I would appreciate it if you could use our official bug tracking for further technical questions:
    And concerning your problems - may I ask you to give us more details on which versions you are using (Moodle & Offline Quiz) and the exact workflow, when they occur. Only when we are able to reproduce the problem, or at least understand it, we can try to help you solve your issue.
  • Picture of AMC Academic Moodle Cooperation
    Thu, 25 Jan 2018, 9:56 PM
    We just published version 3.4.1 of Offline Quiz.
  • Picture of Lakshmi Gopal
    Sun, 4 Feb 2018, 2:44 PM
    I am not able to evaluate the answers in Moodle Offline quiz. I have added a user with ID in the offline qui but when it is reading the image file,it says " User not in course" even though the user exits. Would be great to get some help here to resolve this issue.
  • Picture of Charlie Williams
    Wed, 7 Feb 2018, 9:32 PM
    Hello, I also have the problem above. On my system I also do not get ID numbers listed when I go to Participants > Attendances.
    I am on Moodle 3.4.1 and am using version 2018011601 of Offline Quiz. We are using the More theme. I looked at putting this on Github, but I don't know if it is a bug or a misconfiguration issue.
  • Picture of Lakshmi Gopal
    Fri, 9 Feb 2018, 2:26 PM
    I am using Moodle version - 2017051503.06 and OfflineQuiz version 2017081102. Getting the error "user not found" when the answer sheet is uploaded though the user is present in the quiz. This is happening only for a few answer sheets uploaded but not all.
  • Picture of aftab ali
    Mon, 12 Feb 2018, 1:22 PM
    @Lakshmi Gopal - there can be issue related to adjustment , you can manually adjust it using you mouse by clicking the right IDs . better if you can share the screen also to understand more clear . .
  • Picture of Lakshmi Gopal
    Mon, 12 Feb 2018, 4:55 PM
    @aftab The screenshot is put on the github issues site -
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