Creating a new exam

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Creating Exam

Welcome to Contentionary’s Resource Desk, here in this article, we will show you how to create an online exam and add questions to the exam from your question bank.

Let’s get this rolling.

To conduct an exam in Contentionary, you must first have an active centre in Contentionary. If you don’t have a centre in Contentionary, you may want to click creating a centre to see how to create one.

If you have a centre, open your centre and scroll down to the BETTER YOUR CENTRE EXPERIENCE BY ADDING MORE FEATURES section. There you will see the Exam Creator plugin, click the Add button to activate the exam plugin.

After activating the plugin, you will see the active exam plugin on the left sidebar, click it to enter the exam page.

Note: you only need to activate the exam’s plugin once and you will be allowed to add unlimited exams as long as the exam plugin remains active.

After opening the exam page, click the Create New button to reveal the Create Exam Folder and Add New Exam dropdown.

Select Create Exam Folder if you want to create a folder and type the name of your folder and click the Add New Folder button.

Note: do not add special characters to the name of the folder.

Step 4

After creating your new category, you will see the Exam Category Setting icon, hit it to allow the dropdown to reveal what you can do.

Step 5

Select the Add Exam from the dropdown and when the opens, fill in the Exam Name, the Exam duration (in minutes), the exam's description, when you select Make Private, it means you want your exam to be private which will only accessible to the users you invite and when you select Allow Search, it means your exam will be visible when a user searches for a similar exam in Contentionary's search page.

Now hit the Add Exam button to save the new exam.

Now you have created a new exam, you can go into the exam to add questions to your exam.

If you don't know how to create a question bank, please read the question bank resources to know how to because before you will be able to add questions to your exam, you will need to have your questions stored in your Question bank. If you don’t have a question bank, please click the question bank below to learn how to create a question bank in Contentionary.

See Question bank

Assign questions to your exam

I am assuming you have created your question bank and added questions into the question bank.

Step 1

Open your exam and click on the Manage button, then select the Question tab.

Step 2

Hit the settings icon and select Add Questions.

Step 3

Select the question bank folder you want to get questions from, check the question boxes you want to add to the exam, and hit the Add Questions button..

After adding the new questions, you will see them on the Question page. You can remove a question by clicking the delete icon.

Customizing your exam

Now you have added questions to our exams, let us configure the exam to suit your exam standards.


  • Click on the Manage Exam tab, then select the Enter Exam Name to change or edit the Exam name, then select the Enter Exam Duration box to change the exam duration, the duration is in minutes so if you type 5, then the exam would last for 5 minutes before it prompts the candidate to submit.

  • If you want to monetize your exam, then type the amount on the Enter Exam Price box.

  • Select Enter Exam Max Trial Questions box to assign a number of trial questions a non-subscribed user can take before the system prompts them to subscribe to see more questions. (This is exclusive for monetized exams).

  • Select the Enter Exam Maximum Attempt box to type the number of times a user can take the exam after subscribing to take the exam.

  • The Enter Exam Question limit will allow you to assign a specific number of questions your participants are to take regardless of the number of questions assigned to that exam.

  • The Enter Exam Start Date and Enter Exam End Date are the number of days your exam will be active for your participant to take the exam. This means no one can take your exam outside the set date and time.

  • When you click Allow exam taker to re-attempt exam, participants can take the exam based on the number of maximum trials. If it is unchecked, then participants can only take the exam once.

  • The appear in search will allow your exam to be seen by the general public on the search page.

  • Click the Allow review after exam to allow exam takers to rate and review your exam, making new visitors and participants know the quality of questions and also interact amongst themselves.

  • Click the Allow exam taker to pause time to enable participants to pause time when taking the exam. If you don’t want them to pause the time, then unclick the button.

  • Click the Show correction after exam to allow exam takers to select see corrections after submitting the exam.

  • Click the Randomize options and Randomize Questions to shuffle the exam questions and options when candidates takes the exam.

  • Click the Allow exam taker to set number of questions to allow participants to set the number of questions they would answer.

  • When you click the Allow exam taker to set duration, the exam taker will be able to set the duration before the exam ends.

  • The Allow Exam Resume will allow your users to continue from where they stopped if they eventually leave the exam unknowingly.

  • Then select the Enter Exam Completion Message box to type the message that will show when a user submits your exam.

  • The Description box allows you to add a description of the exams which will be seen when some users visit your exam page.

  • The Instruction box allows you to add the instruction to the exam before a candidate starts the exam.

  • You can edit the description if you want.

  • After successfully configuring and editing your exam, you can proceed to hit the Update Exam button.

And that is how to create, assign questions and customize your exam.