How to Make and Run a Quiz

How to Make and Run a Quiz

Learn everything about creating and hosting a live quiz for your audience.

Video: How to Make a Live Quiz on AhaSlides

This video explains how to make a live quiz, including everything in this article. If you are looking for a specific part, please click the bottom-right button to watch the video on YouTube, where you can find each section time-stamped in the description of the video.

How does a Quiz Work?

In a quiz, participants in your presentation compete against each other to get the most points by submitting the most correct answers to your quiz questions.
You progress through the quiz, pausing at each slide for players to answer the question on that slide. All players will see a question at the same time on their personal devices, they will be able to submit the answer from there before the time runs out.

Here you can see the screens of the quiz host (on the left-hand computer) and the quiz player (on the right-hand phone).

Host and Player Screens GIF

Step 1: Choosing a Quiz Slide

On the presentation editor, create a new slide and select any of the 5 'quiz' slides as the format for that question (Spinner Wheel is not a scored quiz slide)

  1. Pick Answer: A multiple choice question with text answers.
  2. Pick Image: A multiple choice question with image answers.
  3. Type Answer: An open question with no answers to choose from. Players must type their answers.
  4. Match Pairs: A question with a set of prompts and a set of answers. Players must match the prompt to the right answer.
  5. Correct Order: A question with statements in random order. Players must put the statements in the correct order.

🏆 Leaderboard Slides

Once you have selected your quiz slide, a leaderboard slide will automatically generate after it.
A leaderboard slide will reveal the points tally for every quiz question that came before that leaderboard slide.


The final leaderboard slide will reveal the winner of the whole quiz:


If you want to hold your leaderboard slides until the end of the round, or the end of the quiz, simply delete all the leaderboard slides except for the ones you want to show.


On the leaderboard slide, you can manually award and deduct points. Simply hover over the name on the leaderboard, click 'Points' and enter how many points you would like to award, or enter a minus sign (-) followed by how many points you would like to deduct. (See here for more).

💡 Be careful not to choose a 'Poll' slide when creating a quiz. The Poll slide type looks very similar to a 'Pick Answer' slide type, but it is unscored, and therefore it won't give out points.

Poll vs Quiz

Step 2: Editing a Quiz Slide

Now you are able to edit your slide. Here's what a 'pick answer' slide will look like when it's ready to edit:

Editing 2


Fill in your question and answer options in the right-hand column. Remember to click the checkbox next to the answer that's correct. With your question and answer options filled in, your slide will update automatically:

Editing 1-1


Scroll down and you can change the settings of your quiz:

  1. Time to answer: The time limit for that question is in seconds.
  2. Reward points: The maximum and minimum number of points it is possible to get on that question. If the 'Faster answers get more points' box is unchecked, then any correct answer will receive the maximum number of points.
  3. Faster answers get more points: Check this box to encourage players to answer quicker. For example, if the 'time to answer' is 100 seconds and the 'reward points' is set to 100 maximum and 0 minimum, then a player submitting their answer with 80 seconds left will receive 80 points.
  4. Allow picking more than one option: Check this box if there are multiple answers in that question. Checking the box gives you 2 options:
    1. Must not miss any: To get points, players must get all of the answers you've marked as correct.
    2. The more the better: Players get more points for more answers they get correct, but will get 0 points if they get any incorrect answers.
  5. Profanity filter: Check this box to block English language swear words from being submitted by players.

🎧 Adding Audio

Users on any paid plan can also embed audio directly into their quiz slides.

To add audio, click on the audio tab in the right-hand column, then on the button labelled 'Add audio track'.

Choose the audio track from your computer (must be smaller than 15Mb and a .mp3 file).

Once uploaded, you will see the playback controls for your audio. You will also be able to choose how the audio is displayed and heard for both presenter (quiz host) and the audience (quiz players). (See here for more)

Audio Embedding

Step 3: Joining a Quiz

When you have created your quiz slides, you can either invite your players to join your presentation, or you can join it yourself on your phone to test it out (which we recommend).

To start, press the blue 'Present' button in the top-right corner of the editor. This will take you into presentation mode.

Present button

There are two ways that players can join your presentation from here:

  1. By entering the unique URL code of your presentation, found at the top of each slide, into their phone browsers.
  2. By scanning the QR code, found when you click the top bar of a slide, with their phone camera.

When a new player has joined your presentation, the live participant counter in the bottom-right corner will increase by 1:

👉 Important

If a player joins the presentation while the host is presenting a non-quiz slide (like the heading slide above), then that player has not yet joined the quiz.

To join the quiz, the host needs to present a quiz slide. When they do...

  • The host will see the lobby on their screen. This is where they can see all the players who have joined the quiz.
  • The player will be asked to enter their name and choose an avatar for the quiz. Once they have been chosen, they will be shown in the quiz lobby.

Join a Quiz GIF


Note 💡 If you are testing your quiz before you invite your players to join it (which we highly recommend), you will need to erase any answers that you inputted to your questions during your test.

Find out more about clearing audience response data.

Step 4: Presenting a Quiz

When all your players have joined the quiz and are showing in the quiz lobby, you can press the blue button below that says 'Start the Quiz!'

Your first question will show on your screen and each player's phone screen. Players will have the time limit you specified in the settings to answer the question.

Proceed through your quiz like this until the final winner is announced at the end!


📊 Quiz Report

Once you've finished presenting your quiz, you can check your presentation report to see how well your players did.

Find the report by clicking 'Results' in the top toolbar, then the 'View More' button underneath your engagement rate.

Report with Correct and Difficult Questions

There are 2 quiz-specific metrics in the report:

  1. Correct answers: This will tell you how many answers were correct out of all the answers submitted throughout your quiz.
  2. Difficult questions: These are all the questions that got a less than 40% correct rate.

(See more about reports)

Other Settings for Quizzes

Aside from the settings you can make on each slide (see step 2 for more details), you can also change the general settings for the whole quiz. These settings can be found by navigating to 'Settings' in the top bar, followed by 'Quiz settings' or 'Who takes the lead'.

Lobby Chat

While waiting on the lobby screen, you can allow players to talk to each other via a live chatbox. You can also use this box as the presenter to send messages to your players.
When a player sends a message, their name, avatar and team will show before their message. The chatbox also announces when a player has entered and left the lobby.

Live chat feature announcement

5-Second Countdown

By default, each question is preceded by a 5-second countdown timer, in order to give your players time to read the question before they can answer.

To turn this setting off, navigate to the top toolbar of the editor and click 'Settings', followed by  'Quiz Settings'.

Here you can uncheck the box labelled 'Enable 5 second countdown before participants can answer'.

Quiz settings

Background Music

You can enable or disable background music that plays on the lobby screen and on leaderboard slides. This music is set instrumental music chosen by AhaSlides and is not customisable.

If enabled, the music will play automatically when you enter a lobby screen or leaderboard slide. You can disable the music directly on the slide by pressing the speaker icon in the top left corner.

Quiz background music GIF

On a leaderboard slide, a short jingle will play while the leaderboard is rearranging itself to show the new standings. On the final leaderboard slide, a different, more triumphant jingle will play to announce the winner of the quiz.

Team Quizzes

Players can play the quiz in teams, rather than individuals.

To set this up, navigate to the top toolbar of the editor and click 'Settings', followed by 'Quiz Settings'.

Here you can check the box labelled 'Play as teams'. Once you've done that, a button will appear inviting you to 'Set up' your teams.

Quiz settings 2-1

When you click the 'Set up' button, you will be taken to the 'Team Set Up' menu, where you can do the following...

  1. Choose the number of teams that will be playing in your quiz.
  2. Choose the team size - the maximum number of players in each team.
  3. Choose the  team scoring rules...
      1. The system takes the average score of all team members, including a score of 0 for anyone who didn't answer or answered incorrectly.
      2. The system takes the total score of all team members (this can be a disadvantage for teams with fewer members).
      3. The system takes the fastest submitted answer from anyone on the team. This can be a score of 0 if the fastest answer submitted is incorrect.
  4. Create the names for each team.


When players are joining the quiz, in addition to their name and avatar, they will be asked to select a team.

On leaderboard slides, the teams' scores will be shown. You can also click the button labelled 'Show Individual Ranking' to reveal the individual scores of each player in the quiz:

Team Quiz GIF

Audience-Paced Quizzes

You can also let your players play a quiz without a host.

This is great for teachers who want to assign a quiz as homework, or for quiz masters who want to give their players freedom to complete a quiz at a time that suits them.

To set this up, navigate to the top toolbar of the editor and click 'Settings', followed by 'Who takes the lead'.

Select 'Audience (self-paced)'.

Now, your players will proceed through each question on their own. On leaderboard slides, they'll see their ranking against the rankings of every player who's already played the quiz.

Audience Paced Quiz GIF


1. Why isn't my quiz asking players for their names?

Usually, your quiz isn't asking players to fill out their name for one of two reasons:

    1. You may have chosen a 'poll' slide instead of a 'pick answer' slide. These slides look very similar, but only the pick answer slide is a quiz slide, so only the pick answer slide will ask players for their names while you're presenting the slide.
    2. You may be presenting any other non-quiz slide. If your players join your presentation when you're presenting a heading, list, image or any other non-quiz slide type, it will not ask for their names. Once you move onto the first quiz slide of your quiz, your players will be asked for their names.


2. How can I clear player answers on my quiz?

If you've just tested your quiz, want to reuse a quiz, or made a mistake and want to start a quiz over, you can clear the answers that you or your players submitted without affecting the content of your quiz.

There are 3 ways to do this - check out this article to find out how.

3. How can I test my quiz?

The best way to test a quiz is by simply joining it on your own phone, or getting some friends to join it, then playing along as if it were a real quiz.

Check here for advice on how to join and test your quiz. Remember to clear your own answers after you've tested your quiz.

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