Activities: Realtime Quiz

Maintained by Davo Davo Smith
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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  • Davo
    Mon, 15 Dec 2014, 7:43 PM
    Santhosh - an interesting idea, but could you explain a bit more about how this would work? Where would the information display on the screen? Would this be based on tracking those students who have clicked 'connect', or are you wanting some other measure to see which students are online (those who have visited the course in the recent past?).

    Also, is this a feature you would like me to look at when I next have some spare time, or is this a feature you have some funding available to enable me to prioritise it?
  • Picture of Santhosh Samban
    Mon, 15 Dec 2014, 8:03 PM
    @Davo Smith, buddy It was an idea that I got when I was playing with your plugin. My idea is like the following:

    - When the teacher start the quiz she/ he should able to get the number of students joined in that particular session of quiz, it can be a 'DIV' which should be able to reload every 5 seconds.
    - Suppose the teacher started the quiz without nobody joined to answer, then it will become in vain.
    -As you suggested those students who have clicked 'connect' can be taken as count.
    - In future you can add provision just like showing users online like in facebook.

    For now if you can add a student count(those who are click connect), then it will be fantastic.

    I liked the plugin a lot buddy. Cheers!!
  • Picture of Mark Lynch
    Fri, 13 Feb 2015, 10:54 AM
    Firstly, thanks for adding functionality to moodle. I haven't had success with the install. I did not have the utf8 folder anywhere to add the file.
    errors line 625, 418, 1601, 438.Have decided I won't use the plugin, but can't. Uninstall. By FTP have deleted the realtimequiz folder from /mod but still get plugins check when I log into moodle. Any assistance gratefully appreciated. Mark Perth West Australia
  • Davo
    Fri, 13 Feb 2015, 4:43 PM
    I am not aware of any particular errors in this plugin and I don't quite understand your message about 'UTF-8'. Are those line numbers something to do with the error message? Which files are those errors in?

    Anyway, the plugin should be uninstalled as per the standard instructions at - scroll down to the uninstalling a plugin section.
  • Davo
    Fri, 13 Feb 2015, 4:45 PM
    If you are reporting an error it is also very helpful to include your Moodle version number, as that makes it easier to investigate further or offer help.
  • Picture of Ger Tielemans
    Wed, 18 Mar 2015, 12:37 AM
    Davo, I like the plugin very much, use it now in moodle 2.6. Smaal wish: is it possible to add a small sparkline graph (histogram) in the rsult pages, for example using something like:
  • Picture of Ger Tielemans
    Wed, 18 Mar 2015, 12:41 AM
    (I mean the sparkle bar chart)
  • Davo
    Wed, 18 Mar 2015, 4:07 AM
    Interesting suggestion, Ger, but not something I'm likely to have time to look at in the near future.
  • Picture of lilach bareket
    Wed, 6 Jan 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, 6 Jan 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, 24 Nov 2016, 4:33 AM
    All automated tests passing in Moodle 3.2, without any code changes.
  • Picture of Gemma Lesterhuis
    Tue, 27 Dec 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, 27 Dec 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, 25 Dec 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, 25 Dec 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.
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