Instructors should consider not only the best content for a quiz, but also the most effective method of concluding a quiz in order to help improve the student learning experience. Whether it’s feedback or a chance to get the answers, there are a several options to consider when deciding how you want the quiz to end. So where should you begin?
A useful practice when writing a quiz is to begin with the end. Ask yourself what you want to accomplish with this quiz. Then look at the customization options offered:
Review Customization Options
Options offered in ProProfs Quiz Maker let you determine how students will interact with the quiz.
Consider the following questions before you get started:
- What is the purpose of the quiz: teach, train, assessment, interview
- Is receiving feedback important to your quiz takers?
- If a student selects a wrong answer, what do you want to say or do in response?
- Do you care if students see the answers?
- Does it matter to you whether students share the answers with one another?
- Will students be allowed to retake this quiz? How many times?
- Will you use the quiz to determine student grades?
To help drive student learning, consider these questions and how you answer them. The options you choose will help you create a good end of quiz experience for your students.
Option1: Write A Friendly End Of Quiz Message
You can choose to customize the message appearing at the end of a quiz. Customized messages can include any sort of statement or instructions you like. Some examples are below:
Example End of Quiz Messages
- Thank you! Contact me if you have further questions on this quiz.
- Raise your hand when you see this message so I can walk up to your desk and help you proceed.
- Your score report is presented below. If you have further questions, let me know.
- Hope you did well on the quiz and took notes on the questions you answered incorrectly. Don’t forget to read over your study guide before the next quiz. Click here to take the next quiz.
- Thank you – you have completed this assessment! Your certificate and results will be mailed to you.
Option2: Supplement Learning Using End Of Quiz Message
You can also use the end of quiz message to share additional supplementary material and even links to other related quizzes. As an example, you can design a series of quizzes that are interrelated and cross-reference them in the end of quiz message. You can do the same thing to recommend supplemental study or reading. The Quiz Maker editor makes it easy to add additional material to the message.
(note: this image taken from ProProfs Quiz Maker General Settings tab shows an example of how to create a custom message with links)
Option 3: Create & Offer Custom Certificates
(1) — Create certificates that are informative and encouraging
(2) – Print and/or email certificate when quiz is complete
Students like getting certificates. With ProProfs Quiz Maker you can include a simple certificate that displays at the end of an assessment. This certificate shows student name, score, the quiz title, and the date.
Students have the option of printing the certificate along with a detailed report, depending on settings defined for the quiz.
In addition, the teacher can select a setting that automatically emails the student score and/or certificate when a quiz is complete.
Option 4: Show or Hide Social Media Links
Are you encouraging social media as part of your course? Many instructors do. Social media and sharing links offer students ways to contribute ideas and encouragement to one another. They can show off certificates, or discuss a solution to a complex problem posted on a quiz. This is a handy way to promote virtual collaboration.
For quizzes created specifically for marketing purposes, social media provides an avenue for generating new customer interest. Quizzes can be shared, which creates social traffic to the quiz, promoting a higher number of quiz takers.
Instructors or students can post links in Facebook, Twitter, Myspace or embed quiz links on their blog or other website. There is also an option to share via email.
Option 5: Show or Hide Scores
Instructors can choose to show or hide scores at the end of a quiz. Summaries can be useful when using quizzes for practice. They show which questions were answered correctly or incorrectly for a completed quiz. You can also reveal the answers if you want students to use the results to study further.
Choosing to hide scores can also be useful – especially if essay questions are used. Essay questions are reviewed and graded by an instructor not automatically graded by the Quiz Maker.
Not only can quizzes be used to drive instruction and assess learning, they are a handy tool for conducting interviews and surveys. When conducting a survey using online quizzes, answers are neither right or wrong, since their primary function is to gather information. For this reason there is no need to show scores at the end of the quiz. Similarly, when using quizzes for conducting pre-hire assessments, you may not want to reveal score to the candidates.
Option 6: Create Custom Results Based On Score
When you customize the end of quiz result type, you can designate what kind of grading student see based on the score and even add a personalized comment about the result.
You can either choose from standard result types ProProfs supports such as;
- Pass or Fail
- Letter Grading: A,B, C, D, F
- Poor, Good, Excellent
You can also create your own grade names or responses, such as;
- Distinction/First Class/Second Class/Fail
- Grandmaster/Red Belt
- Try Again!
- Study Hard -> [With links to study more]
- Expert, Professional, Average
When creating custom results you can set the score range for that result and a comment about that result.
Tip: Include Supplemental Links For Low Scoring Students
You can also use this option to include links to additional supplemental quizzes for low scoring students.
Option 7: Non-Graded Answers
Quizzes do not always have to be graded. Sometimes you just want to do a simple questionnaire for the purpose of collecting feedback or to conduct pre-hire assessments. In these cases, a simple statement at the end of the quiz is sufficient. Examples of simple statements for non-graded quizzes are as follows:
- Thank you for taking this assessment.
- Thank you for your feedback, your comments will be reviewed.
- Thank you for taking the time to answers these questions. If we have need of further information, we will contact you.
Option 8: Reveal or Hide Answers
As the instructor, you have options for what information is displayed once a quiz is complete. For instance, you may want students to know which questions they answered incorrectly but you want students to go and find those answers themselves, to promote further study. In that case you would show the result of the graded question but not choose to reveal correct answers.
When choosing to show answers on your quiz, you can designate when you want those answers displayed. Some teachers prefer quizzes to reveal answers immediately after a question is answered. Others like to wait until a quiz is complete for a summary of answers to display. No matter which option you prefer, ProProfs Quiz Maker lets you decide. When choosing to display answers at the end of a quiz, all questions, answer and explanations are visible on one page.
Option 9: Create Detailed Explanations Of Incorrectly Marked Answers
With ProProfs Quiz Maker you can display answers as a summary at the end of the quiz. When writing questions using ProProfs Quiz Maker, notice the option that says “Add Feedback/Explanation.” This explanation can be as detailed as you like, and include media if you want students to explore details further.
Option 10: Retakes
Allow student to repeat a quiz, for practice or higher score
Many teachers allow students to retake a quiz, especially when that quiz has been designed for the purpose of practice. Taking a quiz in order to get a grasp on the facts is an effective method to learn something permanently.
If students don’t do well on a quiz, encourage them to retake the quiz for a better score. Using the feedback or answers provided gives students the opportunity to study and improve recall.
If you don’t plan for results from quizzes to be a major part of student grades, let them know. Using quizzes as a study tool may not be as effective if students perceive the quiz to be worthless to their overall grade. If you want quizzes to be effective, make them of some value and make that value known. Otherwise it is possible students won’t make a real effort.
For more information on how to design a quiz, see the following articles:
Techniques For Generation Effective Quiz Questions
Engaging Ways To Use ProProfs Quiz Maker
Designing Questions For Online Assessments