How do I create a quiz?

Here are some step-by-step instructions on how to create a quiz in Polldaddy.

To get started, log in to your Polldaddy dashboard. Click on the big blue Create a new… dropdown and select Quiz:

create a new quiz drop down menu


Give your quiz a name. Note that when your quiz’s URL is created, it will include the title you choose:

Quiz name text field

Showing results

Now let’s set the options under Participant results. The default setting here is Show full results to the participants once they finish the quiz, and we’re going to keep that in place for our quiz. You can also select a passing score from the dropdown.

Set up custom start and finish messages

Let’s set up some custom messages that our participants will see before they start the quiz, and after they complete it. (Note that custom finish messages are available to Professional and Corporate customers.) Be creative! Have fun with your messages. Be sure to inject a little personality into the quiz to set participants at ease:

Closing a quiz on a preset date or when you’ve reached your quota

You can choose when to close your quiz, be it on a date that you choose, or after a certain number of quiz completions. The default quota is set to 1000, however you can change that number to anything you like:

Toggle question numbers on and off

Sometimes, you’d prefer not to have question numbers in your quiz. Question numbers are on by default, though you can turn them off by unchecking the box next to Show question numbers:

Repeat quiz completions?

You can then decide whether or not you want to allow repeat quiz completions:

Password protect and / or restrict to participants from a certain IP address

You can choose to set a password that participants must enter to be allowed to complete the quiz. Additionally, if you wish to restrict your participants to a pre-defined set of IP addresses, you can enter them here. This setting is particularly useful if you want to allow, say only your employees or students to take the quiz:

Email address whitelisting

Email address whitelisting allows you to restrict quiz completions to only those on the email group you choose. First, you’ll want to create an email group. Then, while editing your quiz, check the Email Restriction option. You will then see a Select Users button:

Click on the Select Users button, and you will see the email address whitelisting dialog:

If you allow any email address, a participant must enter any valid email address to get access to the quiz. The response is registered when the participant clicks on a confirmation link.

If you choose an email group, only email addresses from this group will be permitted access to your quiz. Also, responses from the email addresses in a email group will only be registered when the participant clicks on a confirmation link.

If you choose to enter individual email addresses, you can use wildcards to allow a set of email addresses. For example, if you entered *, all valid email addresses ending with will be permitted access to the quiz, such as

Once you choose the email addresses you want whitelisted, select the Save Selections button.

Now when a participant opens this quiz they will be asked to enter an email address:

When the participant completes the quiz they will see a message like the following:

The user will then receive an email with a confirmation link:

When the participant clicks on this link, they confirm ownership of the email address, which will register their response. A browser window is opened with the following:

When you’re done selecting your quiz’s options, be sure to click on the big blue, Save Settings button:

Click and drag to add elements to your quiz

On the Question Editor page click and drag quiz elements from the column on the left to the quiz area. Let’s put in a page header:

You can create quizzes using the following question types:


When the questions are ready, click on the blue Save Questions button.

Quiz Style

Next, choose a style for your survey. We’re going to stick with the default style, Surveymattic:

Click the Save Style Settings button when you have finished.

Select a language pack, if you wish

You can also choose to assign a language pack on the Edit Language page. This changes any of the default button and quiz text to any text in any language you like. If you’ve already created a language pack for your quiz, you would select it from the dropdown list, here:

Sharing your quiz

Polldaddy offers many ways to share your quiz on the Collect Responses page. You can:

  • use a pop-up to encourage participants to complete it,
  • embed it into in your website,
  • download our free iOS app and sync it to gather quiz completions in the field via your iPad,
  • copy a direct link to share with others,
  • embed it into an email message,
  • post a link to it on Twitter,
  • “like” it and post a link to it on Facebook, and/or
  • embed it into a QR code and get a .png of the image to place in printed material.
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