Quiz won't reset to initial state after quiz review

Aug 26, 2014


I'd like to give our students the option of reviewing what they missed on a quiz before they retake the quiz.

I have tried to reset the quiz by using “reset quiz” trigger and changing all the quiz questions to “reset to initial state” but when I go to take the quiz a second time I can still see the original feedback.

Any ideas?

18 Replies
Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi W,

Are they leaving the slide to a new slide or just reattempting the question? A number of the matching or drag and drop question types won't reset to the initial state by design so that they user can see how they previously answered after the first attempt. If you wanted it to reset completely you could just a trigger on the "Try again" layer to "jump to slide drag and drop slide when the user clicks "try again".

The one caveat to this is that the slide will reset entirely including the number of attempts - so if that element is crucial to you, you'll also need to look at tracking a users attempt using variables on the slide vs. the question slide handling that using the built in methods. 

Thomas Elvins

Hi everyone,

I am posting this on this thread because it is close to what I am trying to achieve. I have looked through a lot of threads around quizzes and they were very interesting and danced around my issue, but very helpful.

I have a quiz (just questions, not a Question Bank) that have an option slide either end whether to proceed or not. The beginning; is an option whether to proceed to the lesson test - yes = go to the first question; no = go back to the menu and revisit the content.

The last slide, before the Results slide, is an option to: yes = see results, and no = return to question 1. The idea is so the student can go back to the start of the test questions and see what they have entered. 

What I want to be able to do is for the student to change their answer if they want to. In essence "reset" the slide and change their answer. I know you can do this by changing the properties (in terms of resetting upon revisiting), but I want the student to be able to see their original answer first "before" resetting the slide and then changing their answer. The trouble with changing the property to resetting upon revisiting, is that when the person goes back to the slide, the answer has gone, so the student is unable to see what they originally had. 

The point of the lesson test is so once the student is "inside" the lesson test, they cannot exit the lesson test unless they submit their answers to the results slide (yes = results). It is final testing area for the course, so I don't want them just jumping back and forth between the content and the lesson test and ending up with 100% each time. In other words, this is the final test for the lesson/course.

I have also tried setting up a "reset" button in addition in an attempt for the student to able to:      1. See their current answer, and 2. then press the reset button to "clear" the screen and make another choice, then submit again. However, in theory this would be viable option (reset button), but not sure how do do this either - not sure if creating a variable or is this would actually work. 

Any help is appreciated.




Alyssa Gomez

Hi Thomas,

Thanks for your detailed write-up!

It sounds like you want to give the option for learners to go back and change their quiz answers before submitting their final answers and seeing the result slide, is that right?

If so, you'll simply want to remove the "Submit interaction" trigger and the Submit button from each quiz slide. Here's how:

  1. Switch to Story View.
  2. Select all your question slides. Use Shift+Click for consecutive slides or Ctrl+Click for non-consecutive slides.
  3. Use the Slide Properties panel in the lower right corner to mark the Prev/Next boxes and uncheck the Submit box. All selected slides will be changed at the same time. This step also removes the "Submit Interaction" triggers.

Also, you may want to warn learners about skipping questions and ask them to confirm that they're ready to submit their answers before jumping to the result slide.

Let me know if that's what you had in mind!

Thomas Elvins

Hi Alyssa,

Yes, I want the students to be able to change their answers before performing their final submit.

Thank you. This does solve the issue where the students can change their answers. However, it then does not perform the error check whereby if the student does not click on an answer, the box "you must select an option" does not appear. I can probably work around that though...

FYI - the last slide I have before the results slide does reflect about asking the students to confirm first.

Thanks again!

Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Glad that helped, Thomas! Correct, if a learner isn't submitting the question Storyline won't perform that "invalid" answer check. You could manually set up something similar though based on assessing the state of the objects before the learner can advance to the next slide.

Let us know if you need more help! 

Victoria Raish


I have multiple quizzes and in them I have it to reset only incorrect answers, fine no problem. 

My problem is that even if you get the first question correct, it resets as if it was incorrect. My trigger order is reset quiz, then navigate to the slide. The file is huge so hopefully someone can help.

Leslie McKerchie

Hi Victoria,

Thanks for contacting us and sharing what you are experiencing. I know you mention that the file is huge, but would you be able to import one of these quizzes into a new file so that we can take a look?

With your permission, I'd like to take a look at your project file to investigate what's happening. You can share it publicly here, or send it to me privately by uploading it here. I'll delete it when I'm done troubleshooting.

Sparkle ELearning

Hi All, i've read the above thread but have had no luck in getting my first assessment slide to reset; the next assessment slide does though. i want the student to be able to try the assessment 3 times before they are sent back to the beginning of the course to re-read. but, like I said, the first quiz slide won't reset when revisited (despite the triggers). HELP!

Lauren Connelly

Hello Sparkle ELearning!

I'm happy to help! It looks like the Reset Results trigger was on the first question slide rather than the Results Slide. I've added the trigger to the Results Slide and it is working as expected. I've attached the updated project to this reply.