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Written by Veethi Telang

How to Create Sections and Questions in your Quiz


Built your first quiz in Testnia?

Kudos! Now begins the fun part – adding sections and questions to that quiz. 

STEP 1 Manage Sections
STEP 2 Add Questions

Use our crisp Question Builder that comprises three styles of questions – radio, checkbox, and paragraph.

Your quiz in Testnia can have one or multiple sections, just like you would have in a question paper.

For example, you could begin your quiz with Section 1 on one part of the syllabus, Section 2 on another, and so on.

Moreover, you can keep different styles of questions for different sections, much to the horror of your students. cool

Since we've already created a quiz on Modern American History in the previous tutorial, let’s get started by adding questions relevant to that subject.

There are two ways to navigate to the Question Builder.

#1: Click on the Questions tab on your quiz’s dashboard, after you’ve just created a quiz.

#2: Alternately, you can click on Manage on the quiz itself. This will take you to Quiz Dashboard (as shown in the screen above), from where you can select the Questions tab.

Step 1: Manage Sections

Clicking on the Questions tab will navigate you to Testnia’s Question Builder.

First things first – chart out an outline for your quiz in your head, break it down on the basis of how many sections it’ll have, and what kind of questions you want to include. Multiple choice? Paragraph style? Radio? The possibilities are many, and so, you must be thorough about the kind of quiz you want to present to your students.

As you can see in the screen below, Section 1 is created by default by the system. But… if you want to make your quiz more fun and detailed (or god awfully difficult for your students), add more sections by clicking on Manage Sections.

This is how the Manage Sections modal looks like:

All the values in the screen above viz. Title, Status, and Time can be edited to whatever you want by clicking on the first icon below Options. Or, you can delete a section altogether by clicking on the tiny dustbin icon.

Once you click on the edit icon, you’ll be taken to the Details and Instructions screen.

Details: Add Title and Allotted Time here. Like, we’ve changed the title from “Section 1” to something that’s more in sync with our quiz name (and also sounds wayyy cooler than “Section 1”).

We also altered the time allotted for this section. The “Enable” toggle pertains to its Status.

Instructions: This tab, on the other hand, lets you add guidelines or notes pertaining to how students must attempt that section. If, however, you have no special guidelines, a simple “Best of Luck!” message works too. It’s mandatory, so you can’t leave it blank.

Click on Save, and all the changes you just did will be immediately reflected.

Let’s add one more section that covers another aspect of the syllabus.

After you’ve hit Save above, you’ll be redirected to the original Manage Sections screen. Click on Add Section.

This will take you to a brand new screen of Details and Instructions tabs. Put in the Details and Instructions (if any), and hit Save.

Wanna switch? Now that you’ve created two new sections, switching between them is as easy as 123! Simply click on the section name at the top of the Question Builder and start adding questions to your quiz.

Step 2: Add questions

As mentioned in the beginning, you can choose from three different types of questions for each section.

Radio Style Questions 

Multiple choices, with only one correct answer. Example: “During what years was the US Civil War fought?”

As you can see in the screen above, we added a Radio question under the section “Part I – US Civil War”.

Add Option: Add more options by clicking on the Add Option button and an additional field will automatically be added below the last option. To remove an option, simply hit the “x” alongside the field.

Oh, make sure you’ve highlighted the correct answer, otherwise, it won’t be recorded in the system.

Reasoning: An optional field, it’s basically a response you give to your quiz takers after they’ve answered a question – right or wrong. It’ll allow you to share valuable information that furthers their understanding of the concept. Not to mention, it’s a nice way to not just motivate your students, but also reinforce why their answer was correct.

Scroll down further and you’ll see Settings, which we’ve kept same for all question types so that you don’t get lost further in this utopia we call Testnia (all hail Mary!).

Enable: This toggle enables the question in the quiz so that it’s visible to your students.

Is Mandatory: Enabling this toggle means your students can’t proceed to the next question unless they answer this one.

Points: Enter the points you want to award to the student for answering this question correctly.

Psst…remember when you enabled the “Enable Scoringtoggle while creating the quiz? This Points textbox is the result of that, and would appear disabled here if you hadn’t.

Click Save, and the question is ready to be served piping hot to your students!

Checkbox Style Questions

Multiple choices, with more than one correct answer. Eg: “How many of the following have been US Presidents?”

Same settings follow for this question type as well. Remember to check the correct answers before you hit Save.

Paragraph Style Questions

For descriptive, essay type answers. Eg: “What were the contributions of John F. Kennedy as the President of The United States?”

Add a question, enable the toggles, assign points, and click Save. Done!

FYI #1… Scoring for paragraph type questions works differently than the others as the descriptive answer needs to be manually reviewed by the admin first. You can, of course, assign points to this question type too, but the score won’t be automatically calculated as in the case of the others.
FYI #2...If you’ve enabled scoring for your quiz and you have one or more paragraph type questions in it, then you will have to manually pass or fail your student by reviewing their answers from the Quiz Reports section. Until then, the results of the quiz will not be visible to the student. Click here (link to “how scoring works” concept) to read more about how scoring works for your quiz.

After all this hard work, allow us to show you how the question list looks for both the sections.


Neat, huh? As you can see above, the buttons alongside each question let you edit, copy, move, or delete the question, respectively.

So, start adding more questions, and create the quiz of your dreams. In case you still get stuck somewhere, write to us at [email protected], and our experts will walk you through it.