How to Create a Timed Quiz

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To prevent your learners from cheating you may want to add a timer to your tests. This limits the time allotted, so it’s only enough to answer test questions on the spot and not Google them. This will allow you to get more reliable quiz results.

In this article, we’ll show you how to create timed quizzes using iSpring QuizMaker.

Here’s an example of what you can build with this timed quiz maker.

First Aid Quiz

Watch the video tutorial or access the article if you prefer reading.

How to create a Timed Quiz

Step 1. Install iSpring QuizMaker

iSpring QuizMaker allows you to create professional eLearning quizzes without the help of designers or programmers. This tool has a free 30-day trial. During the trial period, you can create an unlimited number of quizzes and use all of the tool’s capabilities to the fullest. Just download iSpring QuizMaker and install it.

Step 2. Create a Quiz

Open the app and click on Graded Quiz

iSpring QuizMaker lets to create quizzes and surveys

You can create graded quizzes and surveys in iSpring QuizMaker. Let’s select Graded Quiz for example


Step 3. Choose a Question Type

There are 14 types of questions in iSpring QuizMaker. To select the needed type click the Question tab.

Question types

Step 4. Add a Question Text

As an example, we chose the Multiple Choice configuration. Enter a text in the question field and add answer options in Choices. Mark the correct answer with a dot. Add more questions the same way.

Multiple Choice Question field

Step 5. Set a Timer

In iSpring QuizMaker, there are three ways to set a quiz timer.

Set the same time for all questions

If questions in your quiz are of a more or less equal difficulty, you can set the same time limit for each of them. Click on Properties on the toolbar:

Properties menu

And select the Question Properties tab. 

Question Properties

Tick Limit time to answer the question and set a time limit. To apply the settings, click on Save.

Limit time to answer the question

Note: The time limit will only be applied to new questions.

Set custom time limits for quiz questions

In some quizzes, questions vary greatly in difficulty: for example, to make calculations and decide whether a statement is true or false requires a different amount of time. In iSpring QuizMaker, you can set a custom time limit for each question.

Select the question and, in the Slide Options tab, tick Limit time to answer the question. Set how much time the user will have to answer.

Slide options

Set a general time limit

If you don’t need to limit questions separately, you can set an overall time limit for your quiz. 

Click on Properties. In the Main Properties tab, tick Time to complete the quiz and specify a time limit. To apply the settings, click on Save.

Quiz Main Properties

Step 6. Publish Your Quiz

You can choose between several ways to publish the quiz, depending on your requirements. If you want to publish your test for a website or a blog, the HTML5 output is right for you. 

First, click the Publish button on the toolbar.

Publish menu

In the My Computer tab, add the name of the project and its location and click on Publish.

Publish Quiz

There are also other publishing destination options:

  • LMS: choose this tab if you want to upload your quiz to a learning management system. iSpring supports SCORM, xAPI (Tin Can), AICC, and cmi5 eLearning formats.
  • iSpring Learn: here you can publish your quiz directly to your iSpring Learn LMS account;
  • Microsoft Word: choose this tab if you need a test in a printable format.

You too can create quizzes with a timer using iSpring QuizMaker. Just download a free trial here and build your own timed quiz.

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