5 Secrets to Running a Great Quiz in the Classroom

Published: 5th September 2020

Keep your students engaged

There's a reason why every child loves to play games in school: kids are competitive! They love bragging rights, and healthy competition is good for your students. To keep your students engaged, make your quiz a competition.

Don't be afraid of giving a quiz based on what's popular in their age demographic. Instead of asking, “What’s 2+2?”, you can instead say, “If Beyoncé has two laptops and Jay-Z has two iPhones, how many devices do they have?”. It might sound silly to you, but I can guarantee your quiz will be the talk of the playground.

Ask the right types of questions

There are two types of questions you can ask when giving a quiz: those that will activate your students' prior knowledge, or those that will act as a formative assessment (testing how well students are learning). 

If your quiz is for activating prior knowledge, use questions as a way to introduce your topic. Start with what your students may already know about a topic, and ask your class to make predictions based upon those questions.

If your quiz is formative, allow time for breaks to encourage short class discussions. Ask students who got the correct answer to a question to explain how they knew it was right.

Know how long a single quiz should be

Regardless of whether you are testing for mastery or testing to activate prior knowledge, your quiz should be no longer than 10 questions. The quiz should be a small part of your lesson, where your students can take the quiz and apply it to the lesson’s objective, and then you can use the data later. Extra bonus points if the quiz host sets the pace: the secret recipe of a winning quiz is short, sweet, and to the point.  

Add a short number of realistic answers

This may seem like a no-brainer, but if you're trying to keep authentic engagement, your questions need to have a short list of reasonable answers. The point is to hook your students, not flood them with seven possible answers to one question.

If your quiz asks about different colours and you have an answer related to numbers, you're showing your kids that you either didn't care enough to think about the answers or don't think they can take a challenge. Either way, your students can tell when you aren't invested in their success, and engagement will go down.

Shake up the lesson plan with a mid-lesson quiz to keep the fun going

Giving a classroom quiz is a great way to keep your students on board with you for the entire class. Quiz for comprehension as a quick check-in with your students: some kids might tell a white lie if they feel like they are the only person in the class not understanding the content, but when you throw in a quick quiz, you can know in real-time if your message is coming across. Are you tackling a big subject? Break apart a quiz by creating multiple rounds.  

Now you're ready!

The most important part of creating a successful classroom quiz for your students is remembering that it's for them. It's for their benefit, and the experience of the quiz should revolve around that. 

Making a quiz that your students want to take isn't hard, it just requires a little effort. Thankfully when you use a platform like DOOZY, your quiz-making experience is that much easier. 

Are you ready to create something great?