The 9 Types of Quizzes Explained

As a marketer, publisher, or content creator there are many types of quizzes you can use.

You may want to use a personality quiz as a lead quiz, or you may want to use a multiple-choice quiz to measure the effectiveness of a recent training session. Maybe you want to use a highly engaging trivia quiz maker to run a quiz competition. There are endless usage scenarios.

One of the most common questions we receive at Opinion Stage is about the different types of quizzes and which one is best to use for each scenario.

Below, we’ve outlined the nine most common types of quizzes.

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1. Personality Quiz

Personality quizzes are among the most common types of quizzes, as they can be used for many different purposes and in many different forms. For example:

  • Embed a personality quiz on your website or blog to learn more about your audience
  • Select the best service or product based on a series of questions to increase sales
  • Generate leads by integrating a lead form in a highly engaging personality quiz

Personality quizzes can be serious, fun, or educational. These are the types of quizzes with titles such as:

  • What Kind of Salesperson Are You?
  • What Type of Animal Are You?
  • Which Product Should I Select?

Here’s an NBC Sports that was shared thousands of times:

types of quizzes example

Here is an example for a more serious quiz, such as one you’re distributing to job candidates:

how to create online quiz

A personality quiz can be adapted to suit your specific situation. Don’t be shy about thinking outside the box, experimenting with several types of personality quizzes, and tracking results to see which one best resonates with your audience.

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2. Scored Quiz

A scored quiz, also known as a tally quiz, is commonly used in online tests and asessments.

Each question is assigned a point value. Upon completion, your total score is tallied with your outcome based on the final number.

The creation of a successful scored quiz is based on your ability to do the following:

  • Set a goal (such as measuring a person’s knowledge of a subject)
  • Create a list of questions associated with the goal
  • Assign a point value to each answer
  • Create a table for judging results, based on the final point tally

Scored quizzes are among the most powerful, as the respondent is guaranteed to receive something  in return for their time.

scored quiz example

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3. Multiple Choice Quiz

You’re probably familiar with multiple choice (also known as assessment) quizzes from your time in school.

You’re presented with a question and a set of answers. Every question has one right answer, with the outcome based on the number of correct answers.

Here’s an example of a multiple-choice quiz designed to test a person’s knowledge of digital marketing.

multiple choice quiz creation

You can use a multiple choice quiz in many ways, but they’re often best in professional and educational applications.

Ready to create your own? Create a Multiple Choice Quiz

4. Yes or No Quiz

This is the simplest type of assessment based quiz. While it’s similar in some ways to a multiple choice quiz, there are only two answers to choose from:

  • Yes
  • No

It’s a concise and efficient way to judge a person’s knowledge on a subject or receive feedback. Here are some example questions you could use in a yes or no quiz to receive feedback after a company presentation:

  • Did you understand the primary purpose of the presentation?
  • Were you bored at any time during the presentation?
  • Did you learn everything you were expecting?
  • Were there times during the presentation when you were confused?
  • Did you find yourself able to easily identify with the information?

You can also use yes or no questions to create a fun, engaging quiz that you share on your website or via social media. For instance, if you manage a travel brand, these questions could make up a quiz:

  • Is this a picture of New York City?
  • Is the Statue of Liberty located in New York City?
  • Does New York City have more than five million residents?
  • Is New Your City known as the city that never sleeps?

A person who answers them all correctly is a New York City expert. Conversely, a person who only answers one or two correctly needs to bone up on their knowledge of the United States’ most populated city.

Ready to create your own? Create a Yes or No Quiz 

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5. Trivia Quiz

Let’s go through the steps of creating this type of quiz to better understand what it entails. Here’s a sample trivia quiz titled “Can You Guess The Celebrity From Their Original Name?”

The first thing you need to do is create a clear title and description:

online trivia quiz

From there, add questions and answers to measure the knowledge of the respondent. Your questions will look something like this:

how to create trivia quiz

At the end of the quiz, the results look something like this:

results of trivia quiz

The key to success with a trivia quiz is to keep the respondent engaged. You can do this with interesting questions, thought-provoking choices, and the use of high-quality images.

Trivia quizzes are among the most commonly shared, so don’t hesitate to use them as part of your content marketing strategy. As your quiz spreads, so does your brand.

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6. True or False Quiz

In the same manner as a yes or no quiz, a true or false quiz only has one answer. Not only does this make it easy to create, but it’s simplified for the good of the respondent.

As one of the quickest types of quizzes to create, these are commonly used in a variety of applications. Here are some example titles for a true or false quiz:

  • Questions to Decide if You Understand Your Employee Handbook
  • True or False questions to Measure Your Knowledge of Marketing
  • Test Your Knowledge of Superheroes

Continuing with the first example, here are five true or false questions you could ask:

  • You’re permitted to take off work without calling your supervisor
  • You have an unlimited number of vacation days
  • There is a digital version of the handbook available online
  • There was a section detailing what you can and can’t do in regards to technology and privacy
  • The company is required to provide abide by the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

If a new hire receives a perfect score, you can assume that they read the employee handbook and understand the finer details.

Conversely, if they miss even one question, you may want to send them back to the beginning to try again.

There is no gray area with a true and false quiz. There’s one right answer and one wrong answer. This makes it easy to administer and grade.

Ready to create your own? Create a True or False Quiz

7. Poll

A poll is an interactive quiz that includes only 1 question.

Here’s an example of a poll:

poll quiz

The key to success is providing the audience with enough choices to ensure that it suits their situation.

Sticking with the above example, there are eight possible answers to the question of “what is your biggest expense”.

But imagine if there were only three choices. Some people would be able to answer, but others would find that the poll doesn’t really pertain to them. Therefore, they’re less likely to proceed.

You can also allow the respondent to provide more than one answer. This is helpful in the case that someone may not be able to make a final determination, such as if their mortgage and student loans are the same expense.

Upon completion of the poll, you can check your statistics for the following:

  • Impressions
  • Vote percentage
  • Result report
  • Responses report

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8. Knowledge Tests

A knowledge test is one in which each question has a correct answer. It’s among the most formal types of test, and in many ways similar to what you would experience in an educational setting.

The goal of a knowledge test is to test a person’s knowledge on a particular subject, such as:

  • online marketing
  • 90’s sitcoms
  • US history

Here are two screenshots from an example knowledge test:

type of knowledge quiz

questions for knowledge quiz

You can include as many questions as you want, but don’t go overboard. Aim for to 10-15 questions, as this gives you the opportunity to gather the appropriate information, without scaring anyone away.

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9. Survey

It’s not the same as a traditional quiz – like those detailed above – as a survey is designed to gather feedback or lead the user to an outcome based on answer (known as skip logic).

However, depending on the way you format the survey, it can take on a “quiz-like” form.

Here’s an example of a survey titled “What are you looking for in a team collaboration tool?”

survey quiz

The most powerful feature of a survey is the skip logic feature. With this, you can display questions based on the respondent’s answers.

For example, if person A states that they’ve been an employee of your company for 5+ years, you can provide one set of questions.

If person B states that they’ve been an employee for less than one year, you can provide an entirely different set of questions.

This feature of a survey allows you to collect more detailed, accurate, and useful information. Depending on what you’re trying to accomplish, you can use the answers from the survey to create and administer a more traditional quiz.

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So, there you have it. There’s no more guesswork about the types of quizzes available to you and how to use each one to your advantage.

If you’re ready to create your first quiz, Opinion Stage can get you up and running within a matter of minutes!