Using Google Docs to Create Online Quizzes, K-12

Google Docs is a free, web-based word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, and form application. Users can create and edit documents online while collaborating in real-time with other users. Here are the steps for creating a quiz:

Step 1. Log in to Google Docs
To get started, log in at Google Docs ( with a Gmail account. If you don’t have a Gmail account, you will need to set one up before proceeding to step 2.

Step 2. Start creating quiz
Once you’re logged in to Google Docs, click "New", and then "Form". Name the quiz and type the quiz information for your quiz. The quiz name and information fields can be ued to explain what the quiz is, or what people need to know in order to take it.

Step 3. Add questions
Add the Text question type.
Text question type is for short text answers of a couple words or less. To track the quiz results, ask quiz-takers enter their name or student ID. That way you’ll have a column for each in your spreadsheet that will make sorting the list by name or ID easier.

Add the main questions about your quiz.
To add a new question, click the "Add item" button at the top left of the page. If you want to add multiple-choice question, please choose "Multiple choice".

If you want to add more multiple-choice questions, just duplicate the question by clicking the Duplicate icon, and then change the question title and options.

You also can add some other question types, such as Checkboxes, Paragraph text, Choose from a list, Scale and Grid. Just add the questions by clicking "Add item" or "Duplicate" icon.

After editing the question click "Done" to finish the editing work. Don’t forget to click "Make this a required question" check box if you want to require everyone to answer this question. Otherwise they can just skip the question and move on.

Step 4. Preview and Save the quiz
When you’re done adding questions, you can save your quiz. Don’t worry if the "Save" button is already grayed out. This means that Google has auto-saved the quiz for you.

You can custom the theme for your quiz and make it attractive for your quiz-takers by clicking the "Theme" button. Google supplies as much as 68 amazing themes for Google Docs users for free. You can choose the right one that fit your quiz easily.

Step 5. Invite others to take the quiz
You can email the quiz to students or embed the quiz on a blog or Web site.