Difference between Quiz and Test

“Quizzes” and “tests” are often used interchangeably. But do they really mean something different? If so, what’re the differences between them?

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You’re in school, and next week you will have a few days off. But before your few days off, one teacher says that you will have a test next week and the other teachers says that you will have to prepare yourself for the upcoming quiz. “But wait, what is the difference exactly?!” What makes a test a test and a quiz a quiz? Are there even differences between these two terms? Let’s check it out!


What does a quiz really mean? A quiz is usually a short test, and often doesn’t have a huge impact on your grades as a test has. Some teachers may even not use the quiz grade at all to determine your course grade. Quizzes are often several times given by teachers throughout a course. It’s an easy way to keep track of your students and have an insight into the gaps of knowledge. It gives both the teacher and student a reflection. It shows students on what subject they have to focus. There are different kinds of questions that can be used for quizzes. Some examples are: fill-in-the blanks, multiple choice and true or false. It’s even possible to have image answers.

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What does “test” exactly mean? A test is usually much longer than a quiz. It’s mostly used as a standard evaluation technique to determine your final course grade. This grade will most often have a significant impact on your final grade. It’s the most important grade during a course. Failing your test usually means failing your whole course. A test normally covers a longer chunk of the course; a whole unit or section. There are different kinds of questions that can be used for tests. Some examples are: multiple choice, true or false, fill in the blanks and free text. It’s even possible to have image answers.

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So, in short terms; what are the differences? Quizzes usually contain up to 10 questions. Tests have more questions than quizzes. This is because, it will test more about your course. While a quiz may test the first 3 pages of your book, a test can contain all three chapters. Quizzes and tests have several types of questions the same. With a test, you’re able to have more question like fill-in-the-blanks or free text, because testing contains a higher level of knowledge.

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