How do I use question pools?

Ryan Richins
  • Agilix team member
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A pool is a collection of questions. Buzz can be set up to randomly draw a certain number of questions from a pool and use them to create an assessment.

Define a question pool

To set up an assessment to draw questions from a pool:

  1. Open the desired assessment from Editor or create an assessment.
  2. In the Assessment editor > Settings tab > Assessment pool settings, you can:
    • Indicate the overall Desired number of questions you want drawn for the assessment. For example, if you have 50 questions in the assessment and want students to answer 10 of them, you would enter 10.
    • Indicate how you want the question to break down by pool. Pools can be organized:
      • By groups you create. If you check this box, you must provide the question group Name and the number of questions you'd like chosen from this group.
      • By learning objectives. If you check this box, complete the Select at least this many questions per learning objective field. Buzz ensures the guideline is followed; if there aren't enough questions aligned with the objective, Buzz just uses all of the available questions.
      • By question type. If you check this box, you must indicate how many of each question type you want represented in the assessment by completing the fields below it.
  3. Save.
Define a question pool

Create a question group pool

You can create a custom pool by adding questions to a group. To do so:

  1. Open the desired assessment from Editor or create an assessment.
  2. In the Assessment editor > Settings tab > Assessment pool settings, check the By groups box and click Add group.
  3. Name the group with a Question group ID and indicate Minimum question count you want drawn from that group.
  4. Click Done.
Create a question group pool
  1. Select the Questions tab.
  2. Select the question you want to add to the group or create a question.
  3. On the Metadata card, enter the Question group ID in the Groups field. Repeat steps 5-7 for every question you want in the group.
  4. Save.

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Charlie Thayer

I've had a question rattling around my head that is related to question pools but goes a step further. I don't believe that it was possible in BrainHoney and still don't believe it's doable in Buzz to add other metadata outside of a score override.

But, is there any likelihood or a way that I'm not aware of to define a group for a linked question without accessing the source question.

I was also wondering if the same could be done for adding an objective/standard to a question that might be different from the standard tagged on a source question.

Thanks so much!


Nilesh Shinde

Is there a way possible to select some random questions from the quiz itself rather than from any Group. Apologize if this doesn't make any sense, I'm new to Buzz and still learning.

I have seen the following syntax which can be entered into the "Question group ID" field and setting the minimum question count to a desired number will show me the desired number of questions. However, I don't know whether using such syntax is valid and if yes, is it documented any where? It would be really helpful if such information is available.


Question group ID = Default for ##: {QUIZ TITLE}
Minimum question count = ##

where ## = number of questions desired to be pulled random from the quiz
{QUIZ TITLE} = title of the quiz



Nilesh Shinde

Just tried to enter some different text in the "Question group ID" field and that worked too. So I guess this is not a syntax.

Question group ID = G1
Minimum question count = ##

Anyways! Sorry for all the confusion.


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