Advice on Quizzes in Moodle

Moodle Quiz News:
We recently added 3 new question types to OC Moodle.
  • An ordering question lets the student drag text items into the correct sequence. There are several ways of marking what counts as correct. Absolute means each item must go in the correct slot. Relative to all others is more forgiving. more infolinks to external site
  • A missing word question lets students select from a list of words to fill in the blanks in a sentence. more infolinks to external site
  • A drag and drop to image question lets students drag text or images to the correct spot on an image. It's a little fussy to set up, but works well. The background image should be no larger than 570wx400h pixels. Drag images should be 150x100 pixels. more infolinks to external site

Question Banks and Categories
Organizing your question bank categories before you start creating questions will save you grief down the road. It will also make it much easier to select a certain number of random questions from a particular category.

Question Naming
Consider having some kind of naming convention that allows you to determine where a question comes from and what topic it covers.
In the Moodle question bank there are different icons for different question types so that doesn't need to be part of the title, but chapter number or textbook name can be helpful - especially when you haven't followed the next suggestion.

Question Bank Maintenance
Just like a well-kept garden, a Moodle question bank can benefit from occasional weeding and pruning. Before you import a whole new set of questions from the new version of the textbook, consider removing the old questions and categories. This will make quiz creation a much less confusing process.

Changing the order in which the questions appear in the quiz
In Edit Quiz there's a tab at the top that says Order and paging. Each question has a number at the right (10, 20, 30, 40 etc). If you want to move any question to follow the one that shows 10, just change its number to something between 11 and 19 and click Reorder questions.