Psychology, marketing, education – applications for quizzes and quiz authoring solutions are abundant. In the race for more engaging content, the software community has come up with a class of tools that help to author and compile questions into interactive tests, and share them easily with a global audience. This article delivers a round-up of some promising free offerings in the field. I’ll touch upon core functionality and add-ons such as extended analytics and sharing options, so you can determine which one is the best fit for your needs.
A disclaimer: this is, by no means, a biased rating. I am rolling out a list of services in the same order as I checked them out for the sake of this article. Long story short, #1, #2 and further numbers were assigned randomly and are not at all meant to imply rankings..
1. Free Online Surveys
The FreeOnlineSurveys.com quiz creator is a popular tool to quickly create an online survey, generate online polls, and generate forms using a form generator.
- Create a survey quickly with no special skills required
- Easy distribution (email to customers, share a short URL, insert a small snippet of code on your website, etc.)
- Visual reporting to highlight survey data
- Add images, video, fill-in-the-blank, or multiple choice options to a survey.
This online tool is available at no cost and comes with essential reporting capabilities. It may fall short of advanced business/education features such as user grouping and central management, yet it delivers on its promise. If you need to store big chunks of response data (up to 1000 responses), it makes sense to upgrade to a Survey Extra plan for $19.99/month ($9.99/month for students and academic users).
2. Poll Maker’s Quiz Maker
Quiz Maker from Poll Maker is another easy-to-use online service that helps you construct assessments. Same simple procedure in place: add questions, set scoring results, share and see your reports.
- Engaging interactive content
- Image and media support, automatic social media integration
- Automatic grading and scoring
- Lead generation (ask for an email to view results)
- Test your audience via smartphone and provide live results during a presentation.
This is a 100% free service that covers all basic functionality.
Targeting teachers and instructors, Quizinator is an online resource library that organizes question galleries and helps users create assessments.
- Quickly add or update the Q&A library
- Sort and arrange selected questions and answers. Assign point values, add headers, footers, or instructions
- Grab data from the library to build or update a worksheet, exam, or quiz
- Save a test online and print out anytime.
Quizinator is free to use with no paid subscriptions up the sleeve.
An old-school online service conceived for performing vocabulary tests, Vocabtest comes with a free quiz creator. One can use it to create printable word tests by registering an account and following the simple instructions.
- Pick a number of words and assign their definitions
- Add hints, synonyms/antonyms and use custom scenarios
- Share with your students
The service is available at no cost. It does use display advertising for monetization, however, it’s not overly obtrusive. Donations are accepted for service upgrade and improvement.
The next six test makers are paid solutions with a free spinoff. In most cases, while using the free edition you’ll be strongly advised along the way to upgrade to the commercial version. Free-to-use siblings of paid software may also have functional limitations, watermarks, action-per-session restrictions and so forth. However, if you do like the features offered by the freebie you’ll probably benefit even more by migrating to the paid version. Sometimes even a free-version sneak peek can entice you to the richer functionality and tech support delivered with premium subscriptions.
5. ProProfs Quiz Maker
ProProfs Quiz Maker is cloud-based software to create and deliver online exams and tests. The ProProfs solution helps you to author quizzes, secure tests and student/employee assessments. It comes along with complimentary test templates, automated grading and integration with ProProfs LMS software.
- Allows you to make a test using existing templates or create your own from scratch
- User-friendly drag-and-drop interface
- ProProfs quiz creator includes poll software & survey software
- You can save time with automatic grading.
ProProfs Quiz Maker is freemium software. A free subscription covers pretty much everything you need, except reports and private tests (all your tests will be made public by default). Paid subscriptions range from $9 for Basic up to 199$ for Enterprise. Nice add-ons include cloud storage, marketing tools and premium support for the most sophisticated plans.
The ClassMaker web-based software is a test creator for teachers and businesses. Use case scenarios include business and training tests; recruitment and pre-employment assessments; educational facilities, schools, universities, distance learning, online courses, e-learning, self-study groups, etc.
- Create quizzes with time limits, public and private test access, random questions, instant feedback, multiple choices, short answers and numerous question types
- Create tests with set questions or have questions selected at random from the question bank
- Results are graded instantly. Provide individual question feedback and overall test feedback in real time
- Break down individual and group performance by test, questions and categories.
ClassMaker offers business and education plans. A business license will cost you $39.95/$79.95 monthly (400 tests/1000 tests). Educational, non-profit organizations and freebie fans can use a free license which includes up to 100 tests per month. Free accounts can’t provide certificates, email results, batch import questions, or upload images or files.
GoConqr is a social learning platform that combines learning tools with an active user community. The platform encompasses a bunch of modules such as Flashcards, Mind Maps, Notes and other. It also includes the Quizzes module that helps you create sharable quizzes at no cost.
- Easy-to-use, clear interface
- A collection of teacher- and user-generated learning resources. The library enables you to search for quizzes from all over the world
- Easy sharing of quizzes online.
As is customary with freemium quiz services, GoConqr displays ads on free accounts and makes all quizzes public by default. The service provides three plans:
- Basic (create 3 subjects and a total of 20 resources) – no cost
- Basic+ (create unlimited subjects and unlimited public resources by referring 3 friends to GoConqr) – no cost
- Premium (create private resources and go ad-free) – €12.99 per year.
8. Online Quiz Creator
Online Quiz Creator from QuizWorks helps you create fun-to-play quizzes with advanced features, styling options and statistics. Online Quiz Creator integrates several gamification elements, social features and learning principles.
- Quiz Engine and algorithm determines the difficulty level of the question by using the actual playing data of the users in real time
- You can add your logo, change colors and add a background image. (Feel free to ask QuizWorks for a quote if you need a branded quiz)
- You can publish the test on your own site through an iFrame
- You can view all kinds of statistics of your quiz, questions and players.
QuizWorks offers several plans from free to corporate that sets you back at 99$ monthly.
The free version allows unlimited quizzes, yet with a 15-question cap per quiz. Question types include multiple choice, free text, and fill in the blank. And, quite expectedly, no tech support for free users.
9. Quiz Revolution
QuizRevolution is another platform for do-it-yourself quizzes and surveys. The key message QuizRevolution advocates is matching the test with the style of your blog/website. You add your content into the QuizRevolution editor, create a custom app and copy-paste a bit of HTML to your website.
- Look into enhanced analytics
- Add images, video, html or text
- Embed code for web pages, Facebook or blog
- Use a wealth of styling options
- Customize endings for call-to-action, etc.
The service is free with ads. To get rid of annoying content, you’ll have to get a premium package ($10 per month). The $10 pack allows 1000 sessions per month. Exceeding the limit invokes the long-forgotten ads, but you may opt for a more expensive plan and get up to 1M monthly sessions if necessary.
10. Easy Test Maker
Easy Test Maker is another online test generator to help you create and manage quizzes. Easy Test Maker provides the tools to format multiple question types, print alternate versions, and publish to the web. Online tests are automatically graded.
- Create multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, matching, short answer and true or false questions. Add instructions and divide your test into multiple sections.
- Published tests are graded automatically. View and print students’ results and override grading when necessary.
- Alternate versions and answer sheets to reduce cheating. Questions and answer choices are automatically shuffled in a different order.
- Create an exam from your existing tests, copy a question from one test to another
- Built-in spell check eliminates accidental misspellings and typos.
The core features are shipped at no cost:
- All question types available
- Answer sheets
- Multiple sections
- 25 test limit
Paid plans offer unlimited tests and other nice perks like export to documents/spreadsheets, uploadable images and graphs, automatic grading, etc.
Now, what’s the bottom line? Let us share a few conclusions
The majority of the reviewed services are equipped with sharing options and post-assessment analytics. That covers a good deal of scenarios as far as personal/home use is concerned. However, the mentioned solutions are not compatible with SCORM, Tin Can or other formats employed by learning management systems (LMSs). LMS integration is either not supported or works for a same-brand solution only.
In a way, free quiz authoring programs seem to be an odd piece in the e-learning puzzle. They can be used as a grading tool, yet they are not really baked in with authoring tools.
That said, LMS-ready quiz makers are readily available on the market, but there is always a price to pay. I’m going to tell you more about these paid tools in my next blog post, so stay tuned for more quiz-related content!
Last but not least, I’d be happy to learn your thoughts and suggestions. Are you closely familiar with any of the solutions on my Top 10 list? Have they worked out well for you? Don’t hesitate to share your feedback.