How to Create the Most Engaging Quiz Questions

engaging quiz questionsYou can’t cook great pasta without great ingredients. You’ll need the right amounts of flour, eggs, tomato, cheese, and more. Individually, they’re ok but combine them and add the right mix of cooking — you’re in pasta heaven.

Quizzes work in the same way.

It’s never a single element that makes a great quiz but many. And one of the most surprisingly challenging elements of a quiz is the questions themselves. 

With a great quiz title, image, and description, you can get the audience to take your quiz. But once they start attempting it, it depends on the quiz questions you create that get them to the end to complete it.

If your quiz questions aren’t engaging enough, it’s likely that a portion of your quiz-takers will leave your quiz unfinished. It takes a lot of creativity and diligence to make questions engaging.

The mantra for an engaging quiz question is:

‘Make them Interesting + Concise + Clear’

So, we did some digging and came up with some of the greatest tips to create quiz questions that’ll captivate your audience and tempt them to complete your quiz. 

Let’s take a look at them. Don’t forget to take notes!

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Write Questions Based on Your Quiz Objective:

Even though this is a no brainer, I’d like to put it out there. Don’t stray away from your quiz topics. i.e., ask questions only related to the subject of your quiz. For example, asking your quiz-takers about their favorite breakfast in a quiz titled “What Kind Of Entrepreneur You Are,” just because you want to have an unusual question is not only bizarre but deceiving. 

This is one area where having a person review your quiz would be very helpful as they can tell you if any of your questions are just totally off-topic. 

Make sure your quiz-takers get what they expected when they started the quiz.

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Ask People About Themselves:

A few days ago, as I was researching on the topic of narcissism for an article, I came across this article on Psychology Today that said, “ talking about oneself activates the same areas of the brain that light up when eating good food, taking drugs and even having sex. Simply put, self-disclosure is gratifying. It gives us a neurological buzz.”

Sounds accurate, right?

People love talking about themselves. As Scientific American puts it-

Why, in a world full of ideas to discover, develop, and discuss, do people spend the majority of their time talking about themselves? 

Recent research suggests a simple explanation: because it feels good.

Creating questions that ask the quiz-takers about themselves can be your best chance at establishing a connection with your audience. Thanks to this, the user will often feel less dissociated from the quiz and be more likely to complete it.

Here’s an example:

engaging quiz questions

Write to One Person: Be Personal

Like I said above, “quizzes can be used to establish a connection between you and your audience.” Quizzes can be personal and leave your quiz-takers with a satisfying experience. 

For this, it is important to make your quiz-taker feel important and addressed. 

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A quiz shouldn’t feel like a game but a conversation. 

There is a huge difference between asking someone’s preference and a generic quiz question.

For example:

‘Select One’ versus ‘What would you choose (be honest)?

These are both asking the same question, but the latter feels more personal because of the use of the word ‘you.’ 

Here’s another example of such a question:


Address Your Audience in Their Lingo

When you’re creating a quiz, you obviously know who you’re creating it for. Every audience group has its own lingo and a certain way of addressing things. It is their lingo that can be identified whether one is part of that group or not. The lingo can vary on the basis of the country, age group, and more. So should your questions.

So, it’d only play in your favor if you use your target audience’s lingo in your quiz. This will help you create a sense of belongingness with your audience.

Here’s an example:

In a quiz on food, a simple question like this has to be changed depending on whether the audience is American, British or Australian:


What’s your favorite takeout food? 

  • French fries
  • Potato chips


What’s your favorite takeaway food? 

  • Chips
  • Crisps


What’s your favorite takeaway food? 

  • Hot chips
  • Cold chips

Another example is changing the lingo for different age groups:

Your friend decides to get the crew together for a party bang in the middle of the weekday. You will:

  • Think he is cray
  • Totes go for it!

Your friend decides to get your friends together for a party in the middle of the weekday. You will:

  • Think he is senile
  • Totally go for it!

Maintain a Consistent Tone:

One important aspect of engaging your audience with your quiz is maintaining a tone of voice. According to the nature of your quiz, you can choose to use a tone of voice. For instance, you can use a friendly tone, an authoritative tone, a happy-go-lucky tone, or a humorous tone.It really depends on how you want your readers to take your quiz.

No matter which tone you choose, remember to keep it consistent throughout your quiz. It is a good way to engage the audience and takes them to the end of your quiz.

Maintaining a consistent tone can make the experience so enjoyable that the quiz-takers can consider sharing it with their friends. Also, it helps establish that your brand has a unique voice. 

Here are a few questions from a quiz called World’s Hardest Science Quiz You’ll Ever Take. The quiz follows a series of questions about major events from the evolution of world history. It presents four choices of answers for each question and each question has at least one option that’s simply there to make the quiz taker laugh.


Don’t Try to Trick Your Quiz Takers:

What is the product of the ten-thousandths place digit of pi multiplied by the times Ty Cobb won the American League batting title?

Don’t even try answering this one.

You get the hint.

What I mean is, don’t try to overcompensate with overly complex questions for your quiz takers. Create simple questions that do not require too much brain power. If the quiz questions are too tricky, there’s a chance that they might drop-out of the quiz before finishing.

Create questions that are neither too hard nor too easy but somewhere in the middle and, most of all, fun. This is especially important when you’re creating knowledge quizzes or trivia questions.

Mind Your Questions’ Length:

If there’s one thing common between most high performing quizzes, it is the length of their questions. They’re almost all fairly short. 

An ideal question would have 6-8 words. It is important to keep in mind that your quiz-takers are here for fun. So, spare them some time and create short but clear questions.

Bonus Tip: Along with the question length, keep the number of questions in mind if you want your quiz to be engaging. For example, 8 question quizzes tend to be engaging for casual topics like “Find out your personality” but a professional practice exam like “CompTIA A+” can be longer (with 80+ questions) based on what the audience expects.

Apply Question Logistics:

There are certain question logistics that you need to keep in mind while creating your quiz questions: 

Most online quiz makers offer quiz templates and ready-to-use questions that come in handy when creating a quiz. These templates are designed by industry professionals and are the reason behind many high performing quizzes. The ready-to-use questions, on the other hand, are well-researched. 

Take for example ProProfs, which offers more than 100 scored quiz and personality quiz templates and over 100,000 ready-to-use questions across thousands of topics.

  • Use different question types- Make your quiz look interesting!

Adding different types of questions to your quiz can do wonders. There are certain types of questions that you can’t use in a paper-based test. For example- video questions, audio questions, and hotspot questions. But, you can definitely use them in an online quiz.

Here are examples of an audio question and a video question created using the ProProfs Quiz Maker.

And here’s what a hotspot question and its response look like:

Quiz QuestionsRead: How to Create a Quiz Using Hotspot Questions

Bonus Tip: Now that you know how to frame quiz questions, keep in mind that it does not just stop at the question. "Don't forget to write great feedback". 

It's one of the best ways to keep a reader or quiz taker engaged. You can have different messages show up when someone answers it correctly or incorrectly.

Simple mantra to add feedback? Encourage if correct. Educate if incorrect.


Ready to Create Great Quiz Questions?

If you follow all of the tips shared above, I am quite certain that you’ll come up with some of the greatest quiz questions. You might need a little practice and a lot of research, but it’s all worth the effort to create a great quiz that people will love to attempt and share.

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With ProProfs Quiz Maker, you can get help from the question library to add ready-to-use questions in your quiz. These questions are well-researched and chosen by professionals. You can also explore different question types to use in your quiz and make it more interesting.

It’s easy and super fun. Just incorporate all these tips and you’ll come up with questions that your quiz takers would love to answer.

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Kamy is an eLearning & training expert. He has been published in eLearningIndustry, TrainingMag. As a corporate trainer at ProProfs, he has been instrumental in building an awesome eLearning management system that has simplified learning and training for thousands of customers across the globe. Follow Kamy @kamyanderson


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