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How do I pull random questions from a question bank?

You will learn how to draw a specific number of questions randomly from a question bank or category for use in your quiz or test.

By creating a large question bank and randomly drawing questions from it, you may experience the following benefits:

  • Each student receives different questions in a different order (thereby reducing the ease of cheating)
  • If you need to retest a student, he/she will receive different questions than on the first attempt.

Follow these steps after you have already uploaded or created a question bank.

Here are the two main sections for this article:

  1. Adding the Quiz Activity module (follow these steps to setup a basic quiz)
  2. Editing the quiz (follow these steps to add randomly drawn questions to your quiz)

1. Adding the Quiz Activity module

Follow these steps to add the Quiz activity module.

1.1. Enter your course in TITANium.

Enter your course in TITANium.

1.2. Turn editing on.

Use either the link within the Administration block which by default is the first block in the left-hand column of the course main page or click on the Turn editing on button on the top right-hand corner of the page.

Turn editing on.

1.3. Click on Add an activity or resource.

Click on Add an activity or resource.

1.4. Select Quiz from the list of Activities.

Select Quiz from the list of Activities.

1.5. Scroll down and click on Add.

Scroll down and click on Add.

1.6. On the Adding a new Quiz page, type a Name and a Description.

On the Adding a new Quiz page, type a Name and a Description.

1.7. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on Save and display.

Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on Save and display.

2. Editing the quiz

Follow these steps to add your questions to this quiz.

2.1. Click on Edit quiz.

You can use either link to edit the quiz.

Click on Edit quiz.

2.2. Click on Add on the right side of the page.

Click on Add on the right side of the page.

2.3. Select + a random question.

There are three selections for adding questions to your quiz:

+ a new question: Selecting a new question will allow you to create and add a new question. It is recommended to create questions outside of a specific quiz rather then from inside the quiz. Read this article on how to create a question.

+ from question bank: Selecting from a question bank will allow you to select a question bank and then choose one or more questions to add to this quiz. Use this choice if your question bank is not separated by question type or if you do not want the questions to be randomly drawn from the question bank. You can, however, still deliver the questions randomly to the students by changing the default for the quiz layout in the Quiz edit setting page.

+ a random question: Selecting a random question will allow the quiz to pull any one of the questions within that question bank. TITANium will not pull the same question twice for the same attempt. So, any given two students will almost certainly have different questions in a different order.

Select + a random question.

2.4. Use the drop down menu to select the category where the questions are located.

Use the drop down menu to select the category where the questions are located.

2.5. Use the drop down menu to select the number of questions to pull.

Use the drop down menu to select the number of questions to pull.

2.6. Click on Add random question.

Click on Add random question.

2.7. The Edit quiz page now shows that 10 questions will be randomly drawn.

You can click on the Add link again to add questions from a second question bank or category. So, for example, if you wanted some random M/C questions, use the process we just did. If you want to have some random M/C questions, plus one random Essay question, you can follow those steps a second time, but for the second time, choose the category where the Essay questions are located rather than the one where the M/C questions are located.

The Edit quiz page now shows that 10 questions will be randomly drawn.

3. Article Summary

You have now learned how to set a quiz to randomly draw questions from a specific question bank category.

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