How to Make Your Quiz a Roaring Success in 2021 (in just 4 Steps!)

Your Guide to Making a Quiz

  • When to Throw a Quiz
  • Step 1 — Choose your Structure
  • Step 2 — Choose your Questions
  • Step 3 — Make it Interesting
  • Step 4 — Present Like a Pro!
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When to Throw a Quiz

Step 1 — Choose your Structure

  • How many rounds will you have?
  • What will the rounds be?
  • In what order will the rounds be?
  • Will there be a bonus round?

#1 — Mix General and Specific

#2 — Have Some Personal Rounds

  • Who’s this? — Ask for baby pictures of each player and ask the others to guess who it is.
  • Who said it? — Crawl through your friends’ Facebook walls and pick out the most embarrassing posts — put them in your quiz and ask who posted them.
  • Who drew it? — Get your players to draw a concept, like ‘luxury’ or ‘judgement’, then send you their drawings. Upload each image to your quiz and ask who drew them.

#3 — Try a Few Puzzle Rounds

Name it in Emojis

Zoomed In Images

Word Scramble

#4 — Have a Bonus Round

  • Household recreation — Task your players to recreate a famous movie scene with anything they can find around the house. Take a vote at the end and award the points to the most popular recreation.
  • Scavenger hunt — Give each player the same list and give them 5 minutes to find stuff around their houses that matches that description. The more conceptual the prompts, the more hilarious the results!

Step 2 — Choose your Questions

  • Relatable
  • A mixture of difficulties
  • Short and simple
  • Varied in type

#5 — Make it Relatable

#6 — Vary the Difficulty

  1. Order questions from easy to hard — Questions that get harder as the round progresses is fairly standard practice.
  2. Order easy and hard questions at random — This keeps everyone on their toes and ensures engagement doesn’t drop off.

#7 — Keep it Short and Simple

#8 — Use a Variety of Types

  • Multiple choice — 4 options, 1 is correct — pretty much as simple as it comes!
  • Image choice — 4 images, 1 is correct — great for geography, art, sport and other image-centered rounds.
  • Type answer — No options provided, just 1 correct answer (though you can enter other accepted answers). This is a great way to make any question more difficult.
  • Audio — An audio clip that can be played on a multiple choice, image choice or type answer question. Great for nature or music rounds.

Step 3 — Make it Interesting

  • Adding backgrounds
  • Enabling teamplay
  • Rewarding faster answers
  • Withholding the leaderboard

#9 — Add Backgrounds

  • Use one background on every question slide per round. This helps to unify all the round’s questions under the theme of the round.
  • Use a different background on every question slide. This method requires more time to make a quiz, but a background per question keeps things interesting.
  • Use backgrounds to give clues. Via backgrounds, it’s possible to give a small, visual clue for particularly hard questions.
  • Use backgrounds as part of a question. Backgrounds can be great for zoom-in picture rounds.

#10 — Enable Teamplay

#11 — Reward Faster Answers

#12 — Withhold the Leaderboard

  • At the very end of the quiz — Just one leaderboard reveal throughout the whole quiz, right at the end so that no one has any idea of their position until it’s called out.
  • After every round — One leaderboard on the last quiz slide of each round, so that players can keep up with their progress.

Step #4 — Present Like a Pro!

  • Introducing each round thoroughly
  • Reading the questions aloud
  • Adding interesting factoids

#13 — Introduce the Rounds (Thoroughly!)

  • Round number and title.
  • Short introduction about how the round works.
  • Bullet point rules for each question.

#14 — Read it Aloud

  • Be loud and proud — Don’t shy away from the task! Presenting certainly isn’t everyone’s thing, but amplifying your voice is a great way to show confidence and to get people to pay attention.
  • Read slowly — Slowly and clearly is the way. Even if you’re reading slower than people are reading, you are still projecting confidence and appearing professional.
  • Read everything twice — Ever wondered why Alexander Armstrong from Pointless reads every question twice? To kill airtime, yes, but also to ensure that everyone has fully understood the question and it helps to fill in the silence while they’re answering.

#15 — Add Interesting Factoids

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