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How to Make a Quiz in PowerPoint

Even though we offer PowerPoint Quiz Maker to enable you to easily insert quiz questions into PowerPoint, you may be interested in ‘toughing it out’ with PowerPoint and doing it manually.

PowerPoint is a very popular tool in the E-Learning community. Many of you are probably already familiar with at least the basics of using PowerPoint. Therefore, I am going to discuss how you can create quiz questions inside your PowerPoint presentations (and perhaps persuade you to use a tool such as PowerPoint Quiz Maker to make things easier).

To begin, of course, open up PowerPoint.

For each question you would like to add to your presentatio:

  1. Create three blank slides (click the ‘New Slide’ button).
  2. On the first slide, type in your question and choices.
  3. On the second slide, type in what you want to show the user if they pick the wrong choice.
  4. On the third slide, type in what you want to show the user if they pick the correct choice.
  5. Link the correct choice (on the first slide) to the third slide (which shows the response when correct) by using the Menu option Slideshow > Action Buttons > Custom. Create a box around the choice (click and drag). In the dialog that appears, pick the Hyperlink To option, and from the menu, pick Slide. Pick the third slide from the outline (the slide that you set up in step #4 above). Select the newly created box, click the right-mouse-button while on top of it, and choose the Format AutoShape option, and from there, change the color to No Fill (then click OK).
  6. Link each incorrect choice (on the first slide) to the second slide (which shows the response when incorrect) by using the Menu option Slideshow > Action Buttons > Custom. Create a box around the choice (click and drag). In the dialog that appears, pick the Hyperlink To option, and choose Next Slide from the menu. Select the newly created box, click the right-mouse-button while on top of it, and choose the Format AutoShape option, and from there, change the color to No Fill (then click OK).
  7. If you want the user to be able to go back to the question if they answered wrong:
    link the second slide (the one that shows if user answered incorrectly) back to the question by using the Menu option Slideshow > Action Buttons > Custom. Create a box around the entire slide (click and drag). In the dialog that appears, pick the Hyperlink To option, and choose Previous Slide from the menu. Select the newly created box, click the right-mouse-button while on top of it, and choose the Format AutoShape option, and from there, change the color to No Fill (then click OK).
  8. If you want the user to be taken to the next question (or next section of your presentation):
    link the second slide (the one that shows if user answered incorrectly) to the slide after the third slide (which represents either the next question, or, the next section after your question) by using the Menu option Slideshow > Action Buttons > Custom. Create a box around the entire slide (click and drag). In the dialog that appears, pick the Hyperlink To option, and from the menu, pick Slide. Pick the slide that comes after the third slide from the outline (the third slide being the one that you set up in step #4 above). Select the newly created box, click the right-mouse-button while on top of it, and choose the Format AutoShape option, and from there, change the color to No Fill (then click OK).

So, as you can see, it’s possible to create quiz questions inside of PowerPoint, although it’s certainly not fast or easy.

Might I persuade you to have a look at our PowerPoint Quiz Maker product? It makes adding quiz questions to PowerPoint a snap.

If you want more on PowerPoint, read my PowerPoint Tips article here.

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