It is possible to make a quiz inside of PowerPoint, and I’ll walk you through exactly how to do it. However, I don’t recommend making a quiz in PowerPoint and I’ll explain why towards the end of this post.
First, how to make a quiz in PowerPoint
Before I go through the step-by-step I wanted to provide a high-level view of how this is going to work within PowerPoint. What’s going to happen is you are going to link certain slides in your PowerPoint presentation to other slides in order to emulate what looks like a quiz. For example, the cover of the quiz will link to the first question, the answers to the first question will either link to a “Correct” page or an “Incorrect” page, and then the final question will link to a “Thank You” page.
Hopefully that makes sense, if not then keep scrolling to see it play out inside of PowerPoint.
1. Start with a blank PowerPoint presentation
You want a blank presentation so the designs don’t get in the way of setting up the quiz.
2. Create Your Quiz Cover Page + Link it to the first question (The Next Slide)
The first slide of your presentation is the cover of the quiz. You will link it to the second slide of the presentation, which will be the first question of the quiz. To do this, highlight the part of the cover slide that says “Click here to take the quiz” and the click on hyperlink.
3. Add the Link to The Next Slide
Under the hyperlink popup box, click on “This Document” in the top middle menu, then click on “Next Slide” as the option. This way, when someone clicks on the “Click here to take quiz” they’ll be taken to the next slide, which will be the first question of the quiz.
4. Finish The Quiz Cover Slide By Styling It
I put in a background image and then changed the transparency on the background image so it didn’t distract from the text. Then I made the title of the quiz bold so it stood out a little more.
5. On the next slide write your first question and the possible answers
Now you write out the first question and the possible answer choices.
*I will stop now and let you know that the only type of quiz you can make in PowerPoint is a multiple choice quiz and you can only have one correct answer to each question.
6. Now Create Two Additional Slides, One For The Correct Answer Message and One For The Incorrect
Once you’ve written the question, you have to go make two more slides. One for the correct answer and one for the incorrect answer. The correct answer to this question is “Brazil” so that’s what I’m making the correct answer slide for.
7. For the Incorrect
This is the incorrect answer slide that will be linked to by all the other answers apart from the “Brazil” answer.
8. Now Go Link The Incorrect Answers To The Incorrect Slide
Follow the same method we used for linking the first slide to the first question, but this time you’ll want to link each of the incorrect answers to the incorrect slide.
Click on “Slide Titles” and then click on “Wrong!” or whatever the title of your incorrect slide is.
9. Link the correct answer to the correct slide
Repeat the same process for the correct answer, except this time link to the “Correct” slide. (note that I stylized this question which is why it looks different).
10. Create an end of quiz slide
Now create an end of quiz slide so there is somewhere to send people at the end of the quiz.
*Note, to create more questions in the quiz, repeat steps 1-9.
11. Add Links from the Correct and Incorrect Slides To Either Go To The Next Question or End The Quiz
To send people from the “Correct” or “Incorrect” screens to the next question, or to the end of the quiz, use the hyperlink process to choose where you want them to go.
And that’s how you create a quiz in PowerPoint, it’s pretty quick to set up and simple on the hyperlinking stuff once you get the hang of it.
What’s Missing From PowerPoint
There are a few key things you can’t do inside of PowerPoint that make it a less than perfect solution for 2018 and beyond.
1. Showing results
You can’t show people different results for their quiz at the end. You can only show them the correct or incorrect answer right after each question.
2. Different types of quizzes
You can only do quizzes that have a correct answer, which means you exclude all personality quizzes and scored or tally quizzes from the process.
3. Design Customizations
You can’t easily modify the design of a PowerPoint quiz
4. Email Collection
You can’t use a PowerPoint quiz as a marketing and list building tool
5. No Analytics
You can’t see who is taking your quiz or how they are doing on it
6. Putting on your website
You can’t put a PowerPoint quiz onto your website
7. No social sharing
You can’t share a PowerPoint quiz to social media or even email it to anyone else.
A Better Tool for Making Quizzes
Let’s go back through the process of making the “How Much Do You Know About Coffee?” but this time using interact quiz builder. Interact is a software company for making quizzes, started in 2013, we have helped over 50,000 companies create quizzes for their brands. The quizzes live online, so you will need wifi to access them, which is one key difference from PowerPoint.
However, since it is based on the web you’ll be able to store all your quizzes in the cloud and won’t have to worry about accidentally losing the files. And you’ll see below just how easy it is to set up quizzes in interact.
From your interact dashboard, click “Create New Quiz”
The view you see below is the interact dashboard, where all your quizzes are stored for later modification. You can think of it as a CMS for quizzes that takes care of all the difficult parts for you.
Then select “From Scratch” in order to create a quiz exactly like the one we created in PowerPoint at the beginning of this post.
Interact has a bunch of pre-built quiz templates you can use as part of the platform, so hypothetically you don’t even have to create your own. Since we’re doing a side-by-side comparison with PowerPoint right now though, I’m going to create the exact same quiz we did above.
And choose “assessment” which is a multiple choice quiz maker. Interact also offers two other types of quizzes, I’ll also cover the personality type quiz option below.
Now you can set up the cover of the quiz and put in the same title as before
Every element of an interact quiz can just be clicked on to edit it. There’s no text boxes to drag in or formatting to worry about, everything is laid out for you and you just have to fill in the boxes.
And you can very quickly add in a cover photo using our built-in image search functionality
We have a native integration with a free stock image site, so you can search for any type of image you want and find one that you can add to the cover of your quiz.
Now you’ll add in the first question, no need for any fancy hyper-linking with interact, that will be set up automatically
Since interact is a quiz builder by default, we handle all the movements from the cover to the question to the results for you, that will all be part of the actual quiz without any extra effort on your part. You don’t have to remember to link every single part using the hyperlink method we used for PowerPoint before.
You can even have each answer choice be represented by an image if you’d like
This is huge because quizzes with images get 2x the engagement of quizzes without images. You can’t really set this type of question up in PowerPoint so it’s unique to the interact quiz builder.
And all you have to do is click “Set Correct Answer” in the top right of the question page in order to set the correct answer and set up a message for the incorrect answer choices as well
This is where interact really sets itself apart. Instead of having to make two different slides for the “Correct” and “Incorrect” screens, you can simply click on the “Set Correct Answer” button and handle everything in one place.
Now you can also set up unique results for your quiz based on how well someone scores on it
So for example if you want to tell people a different thing when they get all the questions wrong as opposed to if they get them all right (which makes sense) then you can do that by simply adding more results and showing different explanations.
And you can even set up the quiz to capture email addresses for you if you’d like.
Quizzes have an average opt-in rate of 50%, meaning that half of the people who take your quiz will opt-in to see their results. That’s a super high number, and since quizzes are so fun and engaging for people it works out really well because a lot of people will take your quiz.
When people take your quiz, interact will track all the analytics that go along with it so you can see who is taking the quiz, how far through it they are getting, and which answer choices people are selecting most often.
This is one of the biggest advantages of using a platform like interact instead of PowerPoint because you’ll get actionable insights about your audience based on how they interact with the quiz. For example, just knowing which type of dog is your audience’s favorite could be huge because then when you make social media posts you could have that type of dog in a post or two and you already know everyone will love it!
I’m embedding the entire quiz here so you can see how the experience is with it. All quizzes created with interact are stored in the cloud on our servers so you can access them or modify them at any time.
You can click here to create a quiz with interact for free
Making a Personality Quiz With Interact
You can also quickly make personality quizzes with interact, which is not at all possible with PowerPoint. Personality quizzes are the most popular type of quiz. Out of all quizzes created, 90% of people who take quizzes end up taking personality quizzes over any other type of quiz because they are so much more fun. When you think if personality quizzes you probably imagine something like “What Color Are You?” or “What’s Your Spirit Animal?” which is not far off. These are the kinds of quizzes where you are led to one of several personalities based on answering questions. The way the scoring on these works is too complex for PowerPoint to handle, so you have to use a tool like interact.
Here’s the process.
You once again start from the interact dashboard and click “Create New Quiz”
Interact stores all of your quizzes in one place, so you can always access them later and save everything you’ve created in one place.
Then you select “Template” because we actually have a coffee template already created inside of our system
We have a coffee quiz template built into our system you can use. If you’d prefer you can always start a personality quiz from scratch as well.
Then you select “Food & Drink” as the industry because coffee is a drink
We’ve got other industries in there, so whatever it is you’re looking for, we probably have an option for you!
Then you choose “Personality” as the type of quiz you want
The assessment is the multiple choice option, the scored quiz is like the ones you see printed on the back of magazines where you add up your point total. We’re going to choose personality and set that one up now.
And then you choose the “Which Coffee Drink Are You?” quiz template and you can use it as-is or change it around.
You can scroll through all the templates by category and see which one you like, this is the quickest way to get up and running with a quiz and all of these templates are created by quiz building experts, so you know they’re good.
Once the quiz is loaded into the interact editor, you can modify the cover page as you’d like
Same way as the assessment you can click on any part to change it. You’ll notice the button is brown this time, that’s because we modified the styling on this quiz to make it look more coffee-friendly.
And then edit the questions to match how you’d like them to looks
Once again you can do either text or image answer choices for each question. You can also do image questions, something like “identify this” and it’s a huge photo that you have to identify what is in.
You can control how the scoring system for the personality quiz works, which primarily operates through correlations between the answer choices and the outcomes
Here’s how this works. Every time someone chooses an answer on a question that answer correlates to one or more of the results of the quiz (the personalities). These correlations are basically “+1′s” for the results, and as you go through the quiz as a quiz taker you are getting points towards each result. At the end of the quiz, whichever result has the most points for you is the one that’s shown as your result (personality).
And you can customize each of the personality descriptions
Each one is unique with an image and a description and you can add links to your products and services from each result so you continue the conversation in a personalized manner with each person who comes through the quiz.
On personality quizzes you can also enable lead generation to collect new email subscribers from the people who take your quiz
Another amazing opportunity to build your brand and influence.
I’ve embedded that quiz here as well so you can see how it works.