How to Create a Test With Powerpoint

Creating a simple test or quiz using PowerPoint features involves creating individual slides for each question and its answer choices. Then, you link the choices to other pages in the presentation that indicate whether the answer was correct or incorrect and what slide is presented next. Use PowerPoint during your classroom instruction or provide the file to students individually so they can use the test in a self-study mode.

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Open a new PowerPoint file. Enter text for the title and sub-title.

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Create a new slide by clicking the "New Slide" button and choosing the "Title and Content" layout.

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Type your question or scenario description in the top text box.

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In the bottom text box, list each of your answer choices. Alternatively, you can insert pictures or multimedia to represent your possible answers.

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Insert a new slide to contain a text box containing "Sorry, that answer is wrong; click anywhere to try again" or similar feedback. Add audio or video to support this feedback, if appropriate.

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Insert a new slide to contain a text box containing "Yes, that answer is correct; click anywhere to continue" or similar feedback. Add audio or video to support this feedback, such as audio of clapping or cheering.

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Go back to your question slide. To link your answer choices to the feedback slides, click the "Insert" menu. Then, click the "Shapes" button.

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Click the "Rectangle" tool and draw one around your first choice. Click the "Action" button in the menu bar. Click the "Hyperlink To" check box and click the "Next Slide" option if this choice is incorrect. Click the "OK" button.

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Right-click that rectangle and choose the "Format Shape..." option. Click the "No Fill" option and then click the "Line Color" link and click the "No Line" option. Click the "OK" button. This makes your rectangle transparent so you cannot see it covering your answer choice.

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Repeat the previous three steps for incorrect answers.

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Then, link your correct answer by clicking the "Insert" menu. Then, click the "Shapes" button.

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Click the "Rectangle" tool and draw one around your correct choice. Click the "Action" button. Click the "Hyperlink To" check box and click the "Slide" option. Click the slide containing the correct feedback message. Click the "OK" button once you have selected the slide. Click the "OK" button to complete the hyperlink.

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Create additional questions.

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Link the incorrect feedback slides back to a question by clicking the "Insert" menu. Then, click the "Shapes" button.

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Click the "Rectangle" tool and draw one around the whole slide. Click the "Action" button. Click the "Hyperlink To" check box and click the "Slide" option. Click the slide containing the question. Click "OK" button once you have selected the slide. Click the "OK" button to complete the hyperlink.

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Repeat the previous two steps to link the correct feedback slide to the next question in your presentation.

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Add additional graphics or set your background to complete your PowerPoint test. For example, click the "Design" button and select a background.

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Check that your test is functioning by clicking the "Slide Show" button and clicking on each link.

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Save your file.