How To Create A Timed Quiz In Articulate Storyline

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In this video I’ll show you how you can set up a timed quiz in Storyline 360.

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Are you using time or timers in your e-learning project?

Because time [is 00:00:23] to create a sense of urgency or force quick decisions. But how do you create a timed quiz in Articulate Storyline? In this video I will show you. And you’ll see I already did some preparations. I created a quiz here with slide from the Articulate Storyline content library. You see here a welcome slide, three different question slides, and last slide is a quiz results slide. Let’s go to the design tab of the quiz results slides. And you’ll see here that you have the option for a timed quiz. Now, if you un-select it, it’s now not blue anymore and you’ll see that the options are gray. If you select it you’ll see that the options are editable. For instance, first the time. You can [here 00:01:09] set a time limit. Normally it’s set to 60 minutes, but this is a short quiz. I will set it to 5 minutes. I think that this is enough for three questions. And then you have some timer options. You can decide when to start a timer, for instance with the first question or with the first slide, and you can also set how you want to display. For instance, you don’t want to show time and then you only get a message if the time ends. And now I’ve set it to remaining.


And now let me show you how this works if you preview this in Articulate Storyline preview. Now I’m in the preview mode of this course. Let’s collapse the menu. First slide, and you’ll see there is no timing in the player. Let’s continued to the first question, and you’ll see Articulate Storyline now automatically is timing here. I can now for instance, add the questions. I have to complete this one, submit, correct, and I’ll go to the third question, correct. And now I have another option, submit. And now I’m on my quiz results slides and you’ll see the time is stopped. I have for 4 minutes and 35 seconds left. I have a passing score of 80%. My score was 100%. And this was because I can do the third question another time.

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Now let’s go back to the edit mode and see for the other time options. Now the timer option was remaining, but we can also set it elapsed from total. And now if you go to the preview mode again, we’re in the preview mode of this course again and [inaudible 00:03:02] no time, so I’ll go to the first question slide and you’ll see here now that the timing appears different. You’ll see here I have five minutes in total and this is [suspend 00:03:13] time and it adds up. With the previous example, it subtracts from the total time.

Now let’s go to the last example. I’ll go back to edit modes. And here you have also elapsed. If I select this one and preview my course, now we’re in storyline preview mode again. I’ll click to go to the first question slide, and you see here now it’s only the elapsed time, but I think a drawback is that you don’t see the time remaining. You don’t know how much time you have. You can set it on the first slide with some explanation about the quiz, but I think it’s also logical to set it here in the player.

Let’s go back to the preview mode. For me if I should choose one time, it should remaining because it counts down or elapsed out of total so you see how many time you have in total and how many time you spent on the quiz and not only elapsed.

Now before you’re [add 00:04:21] time in your next evening project, be aware that time pressure doesn’t work for everyone. For instance, it can limit the accessibility of your course and other people just get nervous as soon as they find out that their actions are timed, and that doesn’t benefit learning at all. So, think carefully if time at something to your course or not, but you now know how you can simply add time to a quiz in Articulate Storyline.

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