Collecting quiz results without an LMS

Mar 10, 2011

I've been asked to design a course that will ask participants to take quizzes, and then collect the results for us to use as data. There's no "passing" or "failing" this course, we just want to collect the information they enter. Is there a way to do that without having an LMS or using Articulate Online?

18 Replies
Brian Batt

Hi Katie & welcome to Heroes,

Quizmaker is designed primarily as an elearning development tool to be used in conjunction with Articulate Online or your own Learning Management System (LMS).  You can track and report quiz and survey results via stand-alone Quizmaker quizzes or those embedded in Articulate Presenter using a number of methods. 

For the best results and most accurate reporting, we recommend Articulate Online: 

You can sign up for a free 30-day trial of Articulate Online here: 

Your own SCORM- or AICC-compliant Learning Management System (LMS) will also provide accurate tracking capabilities.  Here are some open-source options for tracking quiz results:

   *  Dokeos:

   *  eFront:

   *  Docebo:

   *  Moodle:

Although email is not intended as a robust tracking mechanism, Quizmaker does provide an option for emailing results.  Upon completion of a quiz, the user can choose to email the results to a designated email address.  The results are sent in raw text format in the body of an email (raw text is the most flexible and universal data format).  The recipient can then copy and paste the comma-separated output from the email into a text file and open it via Excel.  After importing into Excel, you can select a "Table" format to organize the data into columns for better analysis. 

Due to web browser, Flash Player, and email security issues, this method may not always work as expected.  We suggest that you thoroughly test this method in your environment to see if it meets your needs.  For more information, please review the following article: 

Tracking results via a text file or a database is not supported.  You may want to consult our Community Forums if you are looking to track quizzes outside of the supported methods: 

Some of our customers are successfully sending Quizmaker results via PHP or by using a database, but these methods are not supported by Articulate.  You can learn more about these methods here:

James Brown

If you don't want to do what Brian suggests, create a Google form. They tie directly to Google Docs spreadsheet. Here is an example Lickert test I created for an e-learning course. If  that's all you want, Google Docs should work. Plus you have all of your data in a down loadable excel spreadsheet format.

James Brown

Actually I just had a link for the users to go to. Then they fill out the form which updates my Google Doc. Then I simply download the answers as a .csv, text, pdf, etc. Then you can do whatever you like with the data. Make graphs, charts, spreadsheets from the data. Based on what you are saying this will do exactly what you want.  Survey Monkey would be another recommendation.

As they say...

KISS -- Keep It Simple Silly..

(This is what the survey taker sees)

Ruben Rubenovkin


I am sure my question isn't worth a new topic so I post it here.

I followed this  excellent tutorial to get test results without LMS.

Everything works well except that  encoding in plain text that is sent to e-mail adress is very strange. I can not  convert it in anything readable when importing in Excel.

I use cyrillic (Russian). Is it possible to turn the output in  Cyrillic(Windows)? In which file (and where) encoding is set?

Jason Peterson

Thank you everyone for this information and thank you Christine Hendrickson for pointing me to this posting.  I would argue that my client must consider an LMS (e.g. Docebo) or Articulate Online as printing the results just doesn't seem to fit well with 2013/2014 nor any green ideas   Hence, go with an LMS or Articulate Online and don't think about any other options which simply don't provide the value add from the efforts involved.  Merry Christmas to all and a happy, healthy and successful slide into 2014!   Cheers, Jason

john faulkes


if you want to do this all within Storyline, you can. We can save any data in an SL variable, to a database. And from there to a spreadsheet, giving you the flexibility of the SL environment at the front end and complete control of the data at the backend.

let me know / sned me a PM if you want more info.


Leslie McKerchie

Hi Jameela!

This thread is a bit dated and I'm not sure that John is still subscribed. You are welcome to reach out to the user directly via the 'Contact Me' option on the user profile if you wish.

This is not a setup that we support, but if you search the forums there may be other content to assist. The following comes to mind:

Storing QuizMaker results in a database

Capturing Quiz/Survey Result into Database

Christine Edmond
Leslie McKerchie

Hi Christine - 

The first two are working for me - here are the re-directs:

The others were unverified/unsupported ideas shared and from 6 years ago and do not have new links re-directing to the older solutions/archived forums.

Can you let us know the difficulty you are having and we can certainly try to assist?

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