Note, if you are interested in an ungraded quiz, see the
Self-Assessment Maker (SAMaker).
What is a quiz?
A quiz is a set of questions with marks (and negative marks)
which a student may enter only at specified times using a
Quiz answers are collected for later marking.
Please try the
demonstration quiz at your leisure.
NOTE: any password is acceptable, the quiz security has been stripped.
You can also
mark the demonstration quiz.
What is QuizMaker?
is a free tool that you can use to produce a WWW-based quiz.
It is very easy to use QuizMaker by doing the following.
QuizMaker is a Perl program to convert the text file source
into the appropriate databases and pages, and the CGI-bin scripts
to process those pages.
- Edit a text file with the questions
and appropriate tags.
The quiz is a plain text file interspersed with tags.
The only hard part to learning to use QuizMaker is learning what the
The tags entirely control how the quiz is formatted and constructed.
This is the
source text file for the demonstration.
- Run the text file through QuizMaker. We have set up a Makefile for
you to use, so that all you usually have to do is type 'make'.
- QuizMaker produces an entry page, a marking page, and passwords
for student entry.
Of course everyone always makes mistakes when they create a quiz.
But, unlike a paper quiz, an electronic quiz can be dynamically modified.
One must be careful when modifying a quiz because some students
may already have answered some of the questions.
If you have created a quiz and want to modify either
then just edit the source text file and run it through QuizMaker again.
Changes other than those mentioned above are not likely to be kosher.
the entry/submit passwords or times
the wording of a question, e.g., reword a question to make it clearer, or
the correctness of an answer, e.g., add a new answer to an exact answer
Does it really work?
We have used QuizMaker in most
first and second year subject here
at James Cook University over the past two years.
So this software has been field-tested.
And from this field-testing we know it needs some improvements, namely
more control in the marking stage.
This software is actively maintained, if you find a bug
please e-mail a bug report
to Curtis.Dyreson at usu.edu and
we will fix it.
Is it really secure, that is can students cheat?
It is not secure! Students can cheat, it is impossible to prevent it.
Read the AusWeb paper for more details.
What features are coming soon QuizMaker desirable?
- Multi-lingual -
Every bit of QuizMaker's output is entirely under your
control. The optional FORMAT tags control the formatting of every page
- Hints and explanations of answers are supported.
- Development in text editors -
Our goal in writing QuizMaker is to make it easy to create quizzes and
then self-assessments from those quizzes. QuizMaker shares the same
tags and philosophy as SAMaker.
Never write a QuizMaker quiz from scratch. Copy an old one
and edit that as you see fit.
QuizMaker can be seamlessly layered with other tools such as the
How can I get the code?
Perl 5.002 code (Quizcode.tar.gz 32K).
To use the software you will need Perl 5.002 (or above)
and the ability to install CGI-bin scripts on your server.
Contact your server administrator to determine if you lack any of the
above. If you have all of the above, the software should be
relatively easy to install and use for someone with a limited knowledge
of Unix. It has been successfully installed and
used at numerous sites.
Please send e-mail
to Curtis.Dyreson at usu.edu
if you have successfully installed the software or are having problems.
The software was written on a DEC-Alpha in a Unix environment using Perl 5.002.
- Future release: v1.0, Feb. 12, 1998. New features include:
- no longer uses DBM files,
- multi-lingual, all formatting is entirely under author's control,
- and as many questions as desired on each page in the quiz.
- First release: v0.9, Aug. 10, 1995.
If you'd like further details, or a description of the tags, consult
the QuizMaker paper, presented at AusWeb '96.
If you are interested in software to make self-assessments take a gander
If you would like software to make a student survey you can hop over to
Curtis E. Dyreson
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