Quizzes Vs. Tests


When it comes to testing a learner’s knowledge in an e-learning course, the two most used methods are quizzes and tests. In this article I will briefly explain what each is and when to use it, along with the benefits of each.


The official definition of a quiz is “a test of knowledge”. In an e-learning course, these are usually used to check the learner’s knowledge at the end of each topic or module.

They can consist of multiple-choice question types, but are often more interactive, such as drag and drop activities, match the columns, etc. and often have no score associated with them but rather a refresher of the content in question.


This would depend on how your course is structured and how many quizzes you have in each. Some courses add a single quiz question after each topic, as seen in the below structure:


Others prefer to add a longer quiz containing multiple questions at the end of each module, as seen in the below structure:


Here is an example of a quiz. 



The official definition of a test is “a procedure intended to establish the quality, performance, or reliability of something”. A test in an e-learning course often appears at the end of the module or course.

These tests consist of multiple choice, pick many and free text question types and provide no feedback to the learner until they reach the end where they are given a result score.


A test is usually placed at the end of a course or module, again depending on your structure. There are times when a test can be placed at the beginning of a course. These are used to determine the learner’s level and adjust the course accordingly.

A typical structure is:


Example of a test.



While tests and quizzes are often used synonymously, it is useful to know that they are different. A quiz is usually a short question after a topic or module that provides the learner with instant feedback based on their answer selection.

Tests on the other hand are longer and may have more challenging questions that do not provide feedback to the learner but they are given a result at the end with the number of questions they got right and if they met the requirement to progress further or complete the course.




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