I recently shared this text message scenario quiz template for PowerPoint that’s been getting a lot of love, so I thought I’d follow up with the quick and easy steps that went into creating it. Tip: You don’t need any graphics editing software, it was all created directly in PowerPoint! 

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Add a Background Image

The first step to creating this quiz template was to pop in a background image that had a wooden texture, like the top of a desk. Here’s a helpful tip: right-click anywhere on your PowerPoint slide, and click “Format Background” from the menu that appears. That will bring up a “Format Background” window, and under “Fill” you’ll notice a “Texture” option, where you can choose a wooden background. You don’t even have to hunt for a photo online! 

Create the Phone Graphic

Once the background image is in place, I used simple shapes to create the phone graphic. A black rounded-corner rectangle at the back with a drop-shadow, a white rectangle over top, a few light gray rectangles, and a callout shape for the text message itself. Once I had placed all my shapes to create the phone, I grouped them together to create one group.

Create Your Quiz Question 

The next step is to create the quiz question. To do this, I popped in a semi-transparent rectangle as a background shape and added my title and question text over the top. I used three rectangles to create the choices for the scenario. Remember, the choices should be possible replies to the text message that was received.

Add a Feedback Slide 

Once I had my question slide looking just right, I duplicated it to create the feedback slide. On the duplicate slide, I added a checkmark next to the correct response, and I added a few more callouts on the phone. The first callout has the same text as the correct reply, and the second shows the response to the correct choice.

Add Hyperlinks

Now that I had created both my question and feedback slides, I just needed to go back to my question slide and set up my hyperlinks. I added a hyperlink to each of my three responses so they all link to the feedback slide. This way, when the learner clicks on a response, it will automatically link to the feedback slide, which will show them if their response was correct.

To add a hyperlink in PowerPoint, select the shape, go to the Insert tab on the PowerPoint ribbon, and click the “Action” button. From here, a menu appears where you can choose your “Action on Click” to be a hyperlink to the feedback slide. 

And that’s all there is to it! In a few simple and easy steps, you can create a completely customized quizzing scenario directly in PowerPoint, no graphic editing software required!

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