IXL Quizzes: Custom assessments in a snap

Quickly and easily evaluate student learning with IXL’s new Quizzes! Now teachers can create quizzes for learners based on one or more IXL skills. By selecting just a few key options, you can build a quiz to fit your classroom needs in minutes. Create a short three-question quiz to check for understanding after a lesson, or a big 40-question test spanning multiple topics to cap off a unit.

Quizzes offer a window into what students know for any IXL math or ELA topic. These custom assessments are the perfect tool to assess and address skill gaps, both for educators as well as students who want to take charge of their own learning.

Read on to see how to create a quiz, how to access quiz reports, and what it looks like for students taking a quiz:

Creating a quiz

Teachers can create quizzes by signing into IXL and going to the Quizzes tab in the My IXL section, then clicking on “Create new quiz.” Quizzes are only available for the web version of IXL. Once you have a quiz draft, choose a skill, question difficulty level, and the number of questions you’d like to add, and IXL will automatically generate questions drawn from that skill for your quiz. Every time you add questions your draft is automatically saved, so you don’t have to worry about losing progress.

At any time, you can preview the quiz to see every question your students will answer, which makes it easy to plan for review. If you see something you want to change, you’re also able to edit individual questions from this preview.

Managing quizzes

In the Quizzes tab, you can manage your quiz drafts and currently active quizzes. Each active quiz will show when it was assigned, who it was assigned to, and a bar representing the number of students who have started working on and completed the quiz, which makes this tab useful for tracking student quiz progress. You will also be able to see when students are working on a quiz in the Live Classroom report.

You can end an active quiz by clicking the “End quiz” button, which will change it to a past quiz. Students who are still working when you hit the “End quiz” button will have their quizzes automatically submitted.

If you’d like to reuse a quiz, you can select the three dots on the right side of an active quiz, past quiz, or quiz draft and click “Copy quiz” to create a duplicate. A copied quiz will appear as a separate quiz, so you can make changes to it or assign it to new students without affecting the original quiz.

Reviewing quiz analytics

When a student submits their quiz, or you end an active quiz, results are instantly available. You can find analytics reports for completed quizzes at the bottom of the Quizzes tab, or in the Analytics dashboard.

First, you’ll see the Quiz Results report, which shows the overall performance of the students who took the quiz. This report can reveal shared trouble spots and help you create small groups for targeted reteaching.

You can then drill down to reports for individual students by clicking on their name in the student scores section, or by using the “Student” dropdown menu near the top of the screen. Individual student reports will let you review individual questions each student answered.

Student experience

Students can see quizzes assigned to them by going to the Quizzes tab in the Learning section. They can also find assigned quizzes in their suggested skills list on the Recommendations wall.

When they’re taking a quiz, students will answer questions like they’re practicing an IXL skill. Students can navigate through the quiz to revisit questions they skipped or change their answers by clicking on the numbers above the question box. IXL will save questions students have already answered, so they’re free to take a break and come back to a quiz later.

Once a student has finished, they can click the “Submit quiz” button in the top-right corner. Depending on the options you’ve selected, they may see their results immediately, or they may have to wait until you end the quiz to see how they did.

Students can also view reports for their own quiz results. When reviewing a report, students will see the skill name and skill ID of each question they answered, so they know exactly what skills to work on for questions they missed. This makes every quiz an opportunity for students to spot and close knowledge gaps on their own.