Google Forms interface

This post is incomplete. I have published it as most of the Form Settings section has been dealt with (I will continue with the rest of the post in due course).

Google Forms can be used to create online, self-paced quizzes. The quiz can be made to be self-marking with certain obvious limitations. As most of the questions around Google Form Quizzes seem to relate to actual Form settings I have dealt with those first.

In this post:

  1. Create your Form
  2. Form settings
  3. Questions
    1. Short Answer
    2. Paragraph
    3. Multiple choice
    4. Checkboxes
    5. Drop-down
    6. File upload
    7. Linear scale
    8. Multiple choice grid
    9. Tick box grid
  4. Marking and Importing

1. Create your Form

If you are using Google Suite for Education:

  • navigate to the Classwork tab in your Google Classroom
  • left-click on the Create button and select Quiz assignment

2. Form Settings

A much-awaited feature is the ability to resume a quiz that was “dropped” for some reason. Google announced that this would be available in an update later in 2021.

You should give your Form a name as well as a heading. Add an optional description.

You can add a banner, or Header image, as well as change the colour, background colour and font. Click on the Preview button at any time to see your form as it will appear to your learners. You can add Image and Video blocks to your form.

You can add Sections to your Form, and even add conditional logic to progress to particular sections based on the answers to specific questions.

  1. Create a new Google Form
  2. Click on the cog icon to reach the Settings dialogue
  3. On the General tab
    1. Select Collect email addresses
    2. Select Response receipts and select the Always option
    3. Select Limit to 1 response (do NOT select this if you want the respondent to use the Quiz for self-paced revision)
  4. On the Presentation tab:
    1. Select Show progress bar — the progress bar gives the respondent an indication of their progress should the Quiz comprise multiple sections
      The Progress bar option, Google Form Quiz
    2. Select Shuffle question order if your questions do not need to be in a specific order or if the people completing the Quiz can see each other’s screens
  5. On the Quizzes tab:
    1. Select Make this a quiz
    2. Release mark:
      1. use the Immediately after each submission option if it is a totally self-marking quiz
      2. use the Later after manual review option if some marking interventions are required or you don’t want people taking your quiz and then colluding with other learners
    3. Respondents can see (activate all three options):
      1. Missed questions
      2. Correct answers
      3. Point values

3. Questions

You can set the following for each question:

  • Text (the actual question)
  • An image
    • This can be anything from a picture to provide visual stimulus to an annotated diagram or map for which labels must be provided
  • Type (more details for each type below)
  • Required
    • Setting a question to required forced the user to supply an answer
  • Description
    • Additional information or instructions can be provided
  • Response validation
  • Answer key
  • Points
    • The number of marks awarded for the correct answer
  • Answer feedback
    • Information that the user will see after answering the question or after the Quiz has been submitted (depending on the Form Quiz Setting (see below)
    • There are options to add text, a hyperlink and a Youtube video

3.1 Short Answer

I am busy working on the difference between the “Short Answer”-type question and the “Paragraph”-type question. The “Short Answer”-type question can take an answer of at least 500 characters which is by no means “short”…

The only difference appears to be the Validation options:

  • Number
    • Greater than
    • Greater than or equal to
    • Less than or equal to
    • Equal to
    • Not equal to
    • Between
    • Not between
    • Is number
    • Whole number
  • Text
    • Contains
    • Doesn’t contain
    • Email address
    • URL
  • Length
    • Maximum character count
    • Minimum character count
  • Regular expression
    • Contains
    • Doesn’t contain
    • Matches
    • Doesn’t match

3.2 Paragraph

Validation options:

  • Length
    • Maximum character count
    • Minimum character count
  • Regular expression
    • Contains
    • Doesn’t contain
    • Matches
    • Doesn’t match

3.3 Multiple Choice

Multiple choice questions are great as the correct answer can be designated and the question is then entirely self-marking. A multiple-choice quiz can therefore be created for learners for self-paced revision.

3.4 Checkboxes

A set of text options with optional images. The correct option (one or multiple) can be marked as answers and again this type of question is self-marking.

The validation rule can be used to require a specific number of checkboxes to be selected, for example: “Select your 3 favourite colours from the options below”.

An alternative to the above Checkboxes-type questions where only one possible answer is correct.

3.6 File upload

The respondent must be signed in to a Google account for this type of question. This could be used to require a respondent to perform some kind of action locally on a computer and then screenshot and upload evidence to the Quiz.


  • Allow only specific file types
    • Document
    • Presentation
    • Spreadsheet
    • Drawing
    • PDF
    • Image
    • Video
    • Audio
  • Maximum number of files
  • Maximum file size

3.7 Linear scale

In a Quiz scenario, this question type is really just for show as other question types, e.g. a Drop-down question would probably easier for the respondent to understand. The example below includes an image to visually support the explanation of the rating system.

Example of a Linear scale-type question in a Google Form Quiz

3.8 Multiple-choice grid

A common question type in written assessments is the format where a word or phrase must be matched to a description statement. This format can be created using a Multiple-choice grid-type question. See my post on Recreating the “matching items”-type question

3.9 Tick box grid

This question type is identical to the Multiple-choice grid above except that you can allow multiple answers per row.

4. Marking and Importing

If you created the Quiz as an Assignment in a Google Classroom, you will be able to import the marks from the Quiz.

By MisterFoxOnline

CAT Educator

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