Change the number of quiz attempts

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You can change the number of maximum attempts for a quiz that is active in a lesson in a published course. The type of change you make will impact students in distinct ways:

  • Change the maximum attempts for a quiz to 0: Allows students to take the quiz an unlimited number of times.
  • Increase the maximum attempts for a quiz: Grants new quiz attempt(s) to all students.
  • Decrease the maximum attempts for a quiz: Reduces the number of quiz attempt(s) available for all students. 

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Learn more: Create, edit, or clone a quiz

 

Reset the number of maximum attempts for a quiz

  1. From the "Course Management" dropdown in the Dashboard left navigation bar, click "Quizzes."
  2. Select the quiz that you want to edit.
  3. Click the plus (+) sign to expand the quiz "Settings" section.
  4. In the "Max Attempts" field, change the number to the maximum number of quiz attempts that you would like students to have when they take the quiz. If you enter 0, there will be no limit on how many times students may take the quiz. 
  5. Click Save or Save and continue editing.

Note: If you save any changes to a quiz that is live, all unfinished student responses will be deleted.

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Frequently asked questions

How does the student experience differ based on how you change the number of quiz attempts?

The type of change you make will impact students in distinct ways:

You change the maximum attempts for a quiz to 0

You grant students an unlimited number of times to re-attempt the quiz. When students complete a quiz, the quiz summary page displays the "Take this quiz again" link that students can click to re-take the quiz. Students can re-take the quiz regardless of their pass/fail status.

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You increase the maximum attempts for a quiz

You grant students additional attempt(s) to re-take a quiz. The additional attempts are equal to the increase of "Max Attempts," or the difference between the new "Max Attempts" number and the original "Max Attempts" number.

For example:

  • If you increased the "Max Attempts" for the quiz from 2 to 3 and a student has already exhausted their first two quiz attempts, the student will have 1 additional attempt to take the quiz.
  • If you increased the "Max Attempts" for the quiz from 2 to 3 and a student has only exhausted one of their first two quiz attempts, the student will have two remaining attempts to take the quiz.

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You decrease the maximum attempts for a quiz

You reduce the number of time students can take a quiz.

To support consistent user experiences, it is best to decrease the maximum attempts for a quiz when the quiz and the associated course are not yet available to students and students have not yet had an opportunity to attempt the quiz.

 

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