Realtime Quiz

Activities ::: mod_realtimequiz
Maintained by DavoDavo Smith
Face-to-face quiz with all students answering the questions at the same time.
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Moodle 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8, 3.9, 3.10, 3.11
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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  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Davo
    Mon, Nov 9, 2020, 3:49 PM
    I've run the automated tests (and some manual tests) against Moodle 3.10 and it all seems to be working as expected.
  • Sun, Jan 17, 2021, 3:18 PM
    Hello. Maybe this question has already been posted, but here I go. Is it possible to use question banks or import a list of questions? If so that would be great.
  • Davo
    Mon, Jan 18, 2021, 4:41 PM
    Hi Gabriel,

    This plugin does not have support for the question bank (it was originally written before the question bank, as it currently exists, had been written), nor does it have support for any sort of importing (this would probably be fairly easy to add, but would require time to implement (which could be paid for, if you had a budget to do so).

    There is another plugin, based on this one, called Active quiz - . This uses the question bank for questions. Unfortunately, that plugin hasn't been updated for 3 years, so I don't know if it still works with recent versions of Moodle.
  • Mon, Apr 5, 2021, 1:31 PM
    Hello. Please tell me if it is possible to provide for the type of question with direct input of the answer, and not a choice of answer options. This could be used in real-time contests. Thank you
  • Davo
    Mon, Apr 5, 2021, 11:41 PM
    I'm afraid the Realtime quiz plugin doesn't support anything other than multiple choice questions. The Active quiz plugin ( ) may do what you want - but that hasn't been updated for a while, so may or may not work reliably.

    I am very unlikely to be adding any new features to my Realtime quiz plugin in my spare time. However, if there was funding available, then you could get in touch for a quote from my employers as to how much it would cost to develop such a feature (I'm also open to accepting a well-written patch to my code, if another developer were to write it).
  • Fernanda Ricou
    Wed, Oct 20, 2021, 1:02 AM
    Realtime Quiz - a useful tool that Students love...... but we have so many issues running it.
    We are using moodle 3.9.7;
    going back to campus we decided to go back to this activity - *Realtime Quiz *- so useful in so many ways that Students are so eager to use...
    In the same session and room we have Students that answer all questions (of 4, for ex.) and others that answer the 1st one and "jump" to the last one without having the chance to see or answer the middle ones...
    Any news for a possible upgrade/improvement?
    Thx a LOT in advance!
  • Davo
    Wed, Oct 20, 2021, 1:09 AM
    Fernanda, I'm not aware of any such issues and, as I don't actually use my plugin in person any more (just local testing to make sure it still seems to work), I'm not sure what I can advise. It shouldn't be possible for students to jump to a question that the teacher hasn't yet released, as only the current question is sent each time their browser requests it.

    Could there be more than one teacher attempting to use the same quiz at the same time? (I'm not sure that is even possible, but if it was, the system could get confused). Other than that, the quiz, by its nature, does generate a lot of network traffic, as each browser needs to poll the server to ask if the next question is ready - that could be overloading your network?
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