HOW TO create a quiz in MS Forms

Create a quiz in Microsoft Forms

In the first of our series on How to… Here is a simple guide on how to create a quiz in MS Forms. Regular readers of my blog will know that I rate MS Forms highly in its useabilty functions for online assessment.

1. Visit http://forms.microsoft.com and sign-in with your Office 365 Education account.
Note: Microsoft Forms is only available to education users.

2. Click New Quiz to open a new quiz.

3. Click in the Untitled form section and give your quiz a name and description.

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Add questions to your Microsoft Form quiz

4. Click the Add question button and select the appropriate question type. Use the table below to help you choose.
Tip: Your quiz can include a mixture of self-grading and non-self-grading questions. Just remember that only the self-grading ones will be marked automatically!

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Question typeExplanationSelf-grading?Useful for
ChoiceA multiple-choice (one answer) or check-box (multiple answers) question with no correct answerTip: Toggle on the Multiple answers option to make this a check-box style questionNoMultiple-choice and check-box questions that are not part of the quiz (e.g. selecting class or teacher)
QuizA multiple-choice (one answer) or check-box (multiple answers) question with a correct answer(s)Tip: Toggle on the Multiple answers option to make this a check-box style questionYesMultiple choice and check-box quiz questions
TextA short or long answer text boxTip: Toggle on the long answer option to give students a bigger box to type in.NoCapturing student names, email addresses, feedback, explanations and text responses
RatingA number or star rating out of five or tenNoCapturing student feelings about a topic, performance, activity, teaching method etc.
DateA date-picker boxNoCapturing date selections

5. Complete the question information as shown in the image below.
Note: This assumes you are using a multiple-choice question. The options to select will be a bit different for other question types.

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6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 for each question you want to add to your form.

Select a theme for your Microsoft Form

A theme adds some colour and fun to your quiz!

7. Click the Theme button at the top of the screen.

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8. Find a theme you like and click to select it. Click the Theme button again to close the themes pane.

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Change your Microsoft Form’s settings

9. Click the Send form button at the top of the screen.
10. Click the See all settings link at the bottom of the pane.

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11. Choose the settings appropriate to your circumstances. Here are some tips to help you (follow only those relevant to you!):

  • Want to make your quiz anonymous? De-select the Record the names of responders option
  • Only want students to complete your quiz once? Select the Allow only one response per person option.
  • Need your quiz accessible outside your school? Select the Anyone with a link option.
  • Want to close your quiz at a specific date and time? Select the Apply deadline option and choose a date and time
  • Want each student to see the questions in a different order? Select the Shuffle questions option. However, be aware that this will also shuffle questions like ‘Name’, ‘Class’, etc.
  • Don’t want students to see the correct answers? De-select the Display the correct answers after responders submit the form option.
  • Want students to see how many points a question is worth? Select the Show question points to responders option.
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12. Click Back when you have finished configuring your form settings.

Preview your Microsoft Form quiz

Now that your quiz is ready to go, it’s time to check everything looks correct.

13. Click the Preview button at the top of the screen.

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14. Use the Computer and Mobile buttons to see what your quiz will look like on different devices.

15. If you want to test the quiz, you can fill it in now.

16. Click the Back button when you are done previewing.

Share the Microsoft Form quiz with your students

The Send form button includes several ways you can share your quiz with your students. Use the image below to help you choose the best option.

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See responses to a Microsoft Form quiz

You can see your student’s responses to your quiz on the Responses tab.

  • The Summary section shows the average score and a graphical representation of all responses. These are both updated in real-time when each student submits their quiz.
  • The Individual section displays each student’s individual answers, their grade and the time taken to complete the quiz.

You can also choose to download the responses into Microsoft Excel if you want to undertake deeper statistical analysis.
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