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New Quizzes is designed to be the assessment engine LTI (Learning Tools Interoperability) solution for Canvas and will eventually replace Classic Quizzes. New Quizzes offers a variety of assessment types and an easy-to-navigate user interface. This guide is designed as an overview for New Quizzes.

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Fall 2021

Spring-Fall 2022



Classic Quizzes - default

New Quizzes- Available in beta

Both Classic and New Quizzes Available

Both Classic and New Quizzes Available

New Quizzes - Locked as only Choice

New Quizzes

  • Must be enabled for use
  • (Settings>feature previews)

Can create Classic or New Quizzes

Spring 2023-We reccomend starting to transition to New Quizzes

Both Classic and New Quizzes can still be used

Spring 2024- Tenative Transition for UAB to New Quizzes.

June 2024-Classic Quizzes will be turned off (will not function)

NOTE: the use of New Quizzes does not currently remove the ability to use Canvas Classic Quizzes. The use of Classic Quizzes will be available until 2024. Additional details about end of life for Canvas Classic Quizzes is available on the Canvas Community.

Although Classic and New Quizzes are similar in functionality, there are several differences in features and instructor workflow. Review the following variations before transitioning to New Quizzes.  See the current feature comparison. Please note that Canvas has scheduled many features to be built into New Quizzes before the forced transition

  • Missing Rich Content Editor

    The Rich Content Editor (RCE) in Canvas New Quizzes is currently different from the RCE in the rest of Canvas, as its features are still being built. You currently cannot link to documents, images or videos previously uploaded to your course Files. All images must be uploaded directly to the quiz from your computer. Videos must either be uploaded from your computer or added with an embed code.

    The New Quizzes Rich Content Editor currently does not include:

    • Audio and video recording via the RCE
    • Content Selector Sidebar (embedding course links)
    • Accessibility Checker
    • Apps and LTI tools such as Kaltura, YouTube, Microsoft
    • HTML Editor
    • Media Recorder
    • Right-to-left/left-to-right formatting buttons
  • Grading Variations in New Quizzes

    Ungraded questions

    SpeedGrader will work on New Quizzes assessments. However, some question types must be graded manually.

    In Classic Quizzes, an icon in the grade cell in Gradebook indicates ungraded questions. This icon does not appear when using New Quizzes. A grade appears, which excludes the ungraded questions’ values. Please check assignments for questions that require manual grading.

    Quiz Total Points

    New Quizzes have two settings that impact the total point value of the quiz. One is in the quiz details, and is called Set Total Points, and the other is the cumulative value of points assigned to questions. When you set up your quiz, make sure these two numbers are equal. Otherwise, Canvas will calculate the quiz grade as follows: A quiz grade is based on the percentage of quiz points earned (according to point values assigned to individual questions) multiplied by total points possible (according to the quiz details). For example, if a student earns 18 out of 20 points (90%) on a quiz worth 15 points in the assignment details, the student's score in the Gradebook would be 90% of 15, or 13.5.

    No To Do list

    Ungraded New Quizzes are not shown in the “To Do” list for instructors.

  • Settings Variations in New Quizzes

    While most Classic Quiz settings are available on the quiz creation screen, New Quizzes settings are accessed automatically after initial setup.

    When creating a New Quiz:

    • Fill in the assignment name, points, assignment group, and grade display options.
    • Select the submission type, skip the submission attempts section, and complete the “assign to” options.

    Click Build to open the New Quiz and start building the content.

  • No Survey Feature

    Surveys can be migrated from Classic Quizzes to New Quizzes. However, the survey will be migrated as a standard quiz, because New Quizzes does not include a survey feature.

The addition of Canvas New Quizzes brings several new features including:

Classic Quizzes

New Quizzes

Multiple dropdown

Categorization – requires students to place answers in the correct categories



File upload

File upload

Fill in the blank

Fill in the blank




Hot Spot – students identify a specific area in an uploaded image



Multiple answer

Multiple answer – partial credit with penalties for incorrect responses

Multiple choice

Multiple choice


Ordering – students are required to place answers in a specific order

Text no question

Stimulus – gives students a piece of content with associated questions





* question type is a new feature in New Quizzes.

When you select to create a new Quiz from the Canvas Module's or Quizzes page, New Quizzes will appear as an option. 


Quizzes can be migrated from Classic to New Quizzes, although all quizzes should be reviewed prior to being assigned to students. Before attempting to migrate a quiz, ensure that New Quizzes has been enabled (see Accessing New Quizzes).

NOTE: With few exceptions, Classic Quizzes migrate easily into New Quizzes. However, Surveys migrate as standard quizzes because New Quizzes does not include a survey feature. Also, Multiple dropdown questions will display as Matching questions in New Quizzes. Other Classic Quiz formats will remain the same in New Quizzes.


  • Migrate Classic Quiz to New Quiz

    After ensuring that the New Quizzes format has been enabled in the course, click the Quizzes tab in the navigation menu.

    • Choose a quiz from the populated list to migrate. Click the More (1) icon to access more options.
    • Click on Migrate (2). Once the quiz is migrated, the New Quiz Icon (3) is displayed.
    Note for users of screen readers: letters in parentheses in the instructions refer to corresponding areas on example images. If you have any questions about these instructions, contact eLearning for assistance.
  • Replacing Question Banks with Item Banks in New Quizzes

    Existing Question Banks are not used in New Quizzes. To migrate the questions from a Question Bank to New Quizzes, a Classic Quiz using the specific Question Bank must be created.

    • Create a Classic Quiz from Question Bank: step-by-step instructions.
    • Migrate Classic Quiz to New Quiz by following the directions outlined in the drop-down above.
  • Creating an Item Bank in New Quizzes

    Like Question Banks in Classic Quizzes, Item Banks in New Quizzes are used to store questions for use in other assessments. Item Banks can be used in any course where permissible.

    • Multiple items can be added to an assessment from an Item Bank in New Quizzes.
    • Questions will display in random order; therefore, students may view different questions when taking assessments.

    Learn how to create an Item Bank.

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