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How To Make a Zoom Quiz (Including 4 Fool-Proof Quiz Ideas!)

How To Make a Zoom Quiz (Including 4 Fool-Proof Quiz Ideas!)


Lawrence Haywood 20 Nov 2023 7 min read

Ever wanted to host a quiz like this? 👇

Whether you’re looking to host one for a trivia night, in the classroom or in a staff meeting, here’s our step-by-step guide on how to make a Zoom Quiz, complete with some great Zoom games to impress your crowd.

People playing AhaSlides quiz over Zoom
Creating a Zoom Quiz

The Problem with Zoom Quizzes

The Zoom quizzes feature is available for Licensed hosts, you can see the steps here.

Just a heads-up, creating a quiz on Zoom is regarded as limited and complicated by many users, as they flock to see alternatives to the Zoom quiz. Here’s a simple comparison chart to know why it’s a hassle:

Team playNoYes
Scoring and leaderboardNoYes
Text/Picture based questionsNoYes
Collaborative editingNoYes
Quiz reportYes, but if a quiz is relaunched during a meeting, the report only displays the last occurrence.Yes
Comparison between Zoom quizzes and AhaSlides quizzes

Keep reading to find a much easier and viable solution for how to run a Zoom quiz~

What You’ll Need for Your Zoom Quiz

  • Zoom – We’re guessing you figured this one out already? Either way, these virtual quizzes also work over Teams, Meet, Gather, Discord and basically any software that lets you share a screen.
  • Interactive Quiz Software – This is the software pulling most of the weight here. An interactive quizzing platform like AhaSlides lets you keep remote Zoom quizzes organised, diverse and insanely fun.

Check out more ideas from AhaSlides

Here’s how it works

  1. Start your Zoom meeting as normal.
  2. As the quiz host, and when everyone has arrived you share your screen with the quiz platform (eg. AhaSlides) open on it. 
  3. Your players see your screen on their computers and follow the instructions to play along with the quiz remotely using their phones.

Sounds simple? That’s because it really is!

By the way, one benefit of using AhaSlides for your Zoom quiz is that you get access to all these ready-made templates and even full quizzes. Check out our Public Template Library

Making The Best Zoom Quiz Ever In 5 Easy Steps

The Zoom quiz exploded in popularity during lockdowns and maintained the heat in today’s hybrid setting. It kept people in touch with trivia and their community wherever and whenever they were. You can instil a sense of community in your office, classroom, or just with your friends, by making them a Zoom quiz to remember. Here’s how: 

Step 1: Choose Your Rounds (Or pick from these Zoom quiz round ideas)

Below are a few ideas for your online trivia. If these aren’t doing it for you, check out 50 more Zoom quiz ideas right here!

Idea #1: General Knowledge Round

The bread and butter of any Zoom quiz. Because of the range of topics, everyone will be able to answer at least some of the questions.

Typical topics for general knowledge questions include:

  • movies
  • politics
  • celebrities
  • sports
  • news 
  • history
  • geography

Some of the best Zoom general knowledge quizzes are the pub quizzes of BeerBods, Airliners Live and Quizland. They did wonders for their community spirit and, from a business perspective, kept their brands super relevant.

A GIF of a Zoom quiz hosted by Airliners Live | online trivia games for zoom
🍻 Looking to set up a regular Zoom pub quiz? Check out our full guide right here!

Idea #2: Zoom Picture Round

Picture quizzes are always popular, whether it’s a bonus round at a pub or an entire quiz standing on its own JPEG legs.

A picture quiz on Zoom is actually way smoother than one in a live setting. You can chuck the convoluted pen-and-paper method and substitute it with pictures that show up in real-time on people’s phones.

On AhaSlides you can incorporate the picture into the question and/or the Zoom quiz questions or multiple-choice answers.

A picture quiz on AhaSlides
Want one like this? Find our Pop Music Images Quiz in the public template library!

Idea #3: Zoom Audio Round

The ability to run seamless audio quizzes is another string to the bow of virtual trivia.

Music quizzes, sound effect quizzes, even birdsong quizzes work wonders on live quizzing software. It’s all because of the guarantee that both the host and the players can hear the music without drama.

Music is played on each individual player’s phone and also has playback controls so that each player can skip parts or go back to any parts they missed.

A music quiz on AhaSlides
Want one like this? Find our Music Intro Quiz in the public template library!

Idea #4: Zoom Quiz Round

For this Zoom game, you will have to guess what the object is from the zoomed picture.

Begin by dividing the trivia into different topics such as logos, cars, movies, countries, and such. Then simply upload your image – make sure it’s zoomed out or zoomed in so everyone has to take extra effort to guess.

You can make it easy with a simple multiple-choice, or let the participants work out their own with the ‘Type Answer’ quiz type on AhaSlides.

A Zoom quiz round played on AhaSlides quiz platform
In the Zoom quiz round, you’ll have to guess what the object is from the zoomed image.

Step 2: Write Your Quiz Questions

Once you’ve chosen your rounds, time to jump into your quiz software and start creating questions!

Ideas For Question Types

In a virtual Zoom quiz, you tend to have five options for, question types, (AhaSlides offers all of these types, and the AhaSlides name for that question type is given in brackets):

  • Multiple Choice With Text Answers (Pick Answer) 
  • Multiple Choice With Image Answers (Pick Image) 
  • Open-Ended Answer (Type Answer) – Open-ended question with no options provided
  • Match answers (Match Pairs) – A set of prompts and a set of answers that players must match together
  • Arrange Answers Into Order (Correct Order) – A randomised list of statements that players must arrange into the right order

Variety is the spice of life when it comes to running a Zoom quiz. Give players diversity in the questions to keep them engaged.

Creating a pick answer slide on AhaSlides | trivia game for zoom

Time Limits, Points, and Other Options

Another huge advantage of virtual quiz software: the computer deals with the admin. No need to manually fiddle with a stopwatch or make tallies of the points.

Depending on the software you are using, you will have different options available. For example, in AhaSlides, Some of the settings you can alter are…

  • Time limit
  • Points system
  • Faster answer rewards
  • Multiple right answers
  • Profanity filter
  • Quiz hint for Multiple-choice question
Changing the settings of a Zoom quiz | online trivia games for zoom

💡 Pssst – there are more settings that affect the whole quiz, not just individual questions. In the ‘Quiz Settings’ menu you can change the countdown timer, enable quiz background music and set up team play.

Customise the Appearance

Much like with food, presentation is part of the experience. Though this isn’t a free feature on many online quiz makers, on AhaSlides you can alter how each question will appear on the host’s screen and each player’s screen. You can change the text colour, add a background image (or GIF), and choose its visibility against a base colour.

Changing the background image and colour on AhaSlides

Step 2.5: Test it

Once you’ve got a set of quiz questions, you’re pretty much ready, but you may want to test your creation if you’ve never used live quiz software before.

  • Join your own Zoom quiz: press ‘present’ and use your phone to input the URL join code at the top of your slides (or by scanning the QR code). 
  • Answer a question: Once in the quiz lobby, you can press ‘Start the quiz’ on your computer. Answer the first question on your phone. Your score will be counted and shown in the leaderboard on the next slide.

Check the quick video below to see how it all works 👇

Trivia Background for Zoom

Step 3: Share your Quiz

Your Zoom quiz is up and ready to roll! The next step is to get all your players in a Zoom room and share the screen you’re going to be hosting the quiz on.

With everyone viewing your screen, click the ‘Present’ button to reveal the URL code and QR code that players use to join your quiz on their phones.

Once everyone has shown up in the lobby, it’s time to start the quiz!

The lobby screen of a quiz host, waiting for players to join at AhaSlides
The lobby screen of a quiz host, waiting for players to join.

Step 4: Let’s Play!

As you head through each question in your Zoom quiz, your players answer on their phones within the time limits you set up for each question.

Because you’re sharing your screen, each player will be able to see the questions on their computer as well as on their phones. 

Take some hosting tips from Xquizit 👇

And that’s it! 🎉 You’ve successfully hosted a killer online Zoom quiz. While your players are counting down the days until next week’s quiz, you can check your report to see how everyone fared.

Want to know more?

Here’s the full tutorial on making any type of online quiz template with AhaSlides for free! Feel free to check out our help article if you still have questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to do Zoom questions?

In the Meetings section of the navigation menu, you can either edit an existing meeting or schedule a new one. To enable Q&A, select the checkbox under Meeting Options.

How to do a Zoom poll?

At the bottom of your meeting page, you can find the option to create a poll. Click on “Add” to start creating one.

What is the alternative to the Zoom quiz?

AhaSlides can be a good option as a Zoom quiz alternative. Not only you can present a well-put interactive presentation with a variety of activities such as Q&A, polling, or brainstorming but also create diverse quizzes that grab the audience’s attention on AhaSlides.