PowerPoint abilities go far beyond creating presentations. Using standard PowerPoint tools, you can also build mini games with animation tricks, and make quizzes with strict navigation.
In this article, we’ll guide you step by step on how to create multiple choice quizzes in PowerPoint.
Step 1: Create the Front Page of the Quiz
For this demonstration we’ll be using PowerPoint 2016.
Open a new slide and type the title of your quiz. Ours will be called “Mt. Everest Quiz”. You can also add some additional textual information like we did.
Add an image that will be in line with your topic. To do this, click on the Insert tab and choose Pictures, or simply click the picture icon in the center of your slide.
Step 2. Create the Question and the Answer Slide
To create a question, move on to the next slide and type it in the Title box. Instead of questions, you can also use incomplete sentences, phrases, or mathematical equations. Add a picture that will illustrate the question well.
Add reply options to your question. Go to the Insert tab and click the Text Box button. Type in the first option, then continue to add the rest of them.
Multiple choice tests typically contain one right answer (also called the key) and three wrong answers (also called distractors). However, you are free to add as many options as you like.
Compose the other question and answer slides for your quiz in the same way.
Step 3: Create the Right Answer Slide
Add an additional slide after your first question saying that the learner has chosen the right answer. In the Title box, enter a congratulatory message: Correct! / That’s right! / Well done!, etc. In the Content box, add a phrase that will encourage students to continue the quiz like Go to the next question! / Continue the Quiz! / Let’s move on!
Step 4: Create the Wrong Answer Slide
Perform the same actions to create the wrong answer slide, which will be displayed when test takers make a wrong choice. Add another slide and type in the relevant text in the Title Box like Oops, that’s wrong… But this time give your learners a chance to go back to the question and try again. So, this is what our wrong answer slide will look like:
To make knowledge checks even more effective for learners, give feedback on each incorrect answer. Add helpful information on your feedback slide that explains certain questions and answers in more detail.
Go on adding the correct and the incorrect answer slides after each question of your PowerPoint quiz.
Step 5: Add Navigation to Your Quiz
Now it’s time to link the right and wrong answers to the relevant feedback slides. To do this, click on the answer text box, then go to the Insert tab and tap on Hyperlink. In the open window, choose Place in This Document and select the necessary “That’s right” or “That’s wrong” slide.
To continue navigation from feedback slides, add a hyperlink to the “Continue quiz” text. Once again, you’ll need to repeat the actions for every single slide, because feedback slides should lead to a new question every time.
To let your learners go back to the question, open the slide for incorrect answers and click on the “Try again” text. Add a hyperlink to the question where the learner made a mistake. This time, go to the Insert tab and click Actions. In the open window, select Hyperlink to → Last Slide Viewed.
Our short quiz in PowerPoint is ready. Download the Mt. Everest Quiz source file to test your knowledge on the highest mountain in the world.
Create More Comprehensive Quizzes Faster
Making a quiz in PowerPoint may take a while, since you need to create feedback slides for every single answer and add navigation between them manually. And this is not the only reason why it’s better to use special authoring tools like iSpring QuizMaker. Here are some more things that are missing from PowerPoint:
- You can’t create other types of questions such as drag-and-drop, matching, multiple response, survey, sequence, and others.
- You can’t show how much of the test a learner has completed and how many points they scored.
- You can’t see who takes your quiz or how successful they are.
- You can’t put a PowerPoint quiz on your website, share it to social media, or even email it to someone who doesn’t have PowerPoint (no, not everybody does).
We decided to enhance our Mt. Everest Quiz with iSpring QuizMaker, a simple authoring tool, and this is what we got:
iSpring QuizMaker allows you to choose from 14 types of questions: numeric questions, drag and drop questions, true/false questions, matching questions, fill in the blanks, multiple-choice questions, multiple response questions, hotspot, sequence, short answer, select from list, drag the words, Likert scale, and essay. Such a comprehensive variety helps gamify the learning process and keep learners engaged.
In many situations, knowledge simply cannot be tested by multiple-choice quizzes only. For example, tests on history require an understanding of how events evolved in time. That’s why we included a sequence question in our renewed quiz.
Sometimes more than one key answer should be chosen. These multiple response questions cannot be created by means of PowerPoint only. However, we did not discard the idea, and used iSpring QuizMaker for this purpose.
To learn how to get started with iSpring QuizMaker, see this short video tutorial:
Quizzes that Grade Results
There are no tests without assessment; that’s why it’s essential that your quizzes evaluate students’ results. As we’ve already mentioned, there’s no such possibility in PowerPoint; that’s why we only added a neutral end slide that didn’t indicate whether the quiz has been passed or failed.
On the contrary, the enhanced Mt. Everest Quiz grades learners’ results and shows their score, both during the quiz and at the end.
To make your quiz gradable, all you need to do is to choose the By passing score under Scoring Type in the Properties window of iSpring QuizMaker and set the passing score you need. By default, the passing score is 80%.
In iSpring QuizMaker, passing result slides are created by default, so there’s no need to add them manually. At the same time, you can change the slide message according to your personal taste or needs, and add images, audio, and video.
After you’ve finished building a quiz, you can publish it to HTML5 for your learners to view it in web browsers or on mobile devices, or any eLearning format for uploading to an LMS, including SCORM 1.2 and 2004, AICC, xAPI, and cmi5. You can also save your quiz as a Word document to print it and deliver as a paper-based test.
NOTE: To collect quiz results, you don’t even need an LMS which automatically tracks quiz progress. If you don’t use a learning platform, simply choose whether to get results via email or have them sent to your server in the iSpring QuizMaker Properties window.
More Amazing Capabilities
Effective eLearning and eTesting is all about the details. iSpring QuizMaker provides authors with additional capabilities, such as assigning scores and penalties for individual questions, and shuffling answers to keep students on their toes. You can also set the number of attempts and limit time to answer questions to prevent cheating.
Don’t hesitate to use feedback and branching as well to adapt your quiz to each particular learner. For example, link incorrect answers to additional information slides, and link right answers to new questions.
To dive deeper into the process of creating assessments, read our post about how to make online quizzes.
To Sum Up
While making a quiz in PowerPoint is an option, its functionality is limited, and it can be very difficult to author. With this classic software, you can use multiple choice and hotspot questions. However, to author an interactive test that really tests students’ knowledge, more innovative software is required.
Try iSpring QuizMaker for free and start creating engaging interactive quizzes right now.