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How do I manage item banks in New Quizzes?

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How do I manage item banks in New Quizzes?

You can manage your item banks within any quiz in New Quizzes. Item banks can be shared with other users in your account with a teacher, TA, or admin role. Sharing an item bank allows other users to view, edit, and use the item bank.

You can also open New Quizzes to manage item banks by creating a new quiz.

Open Item Banks

Open Item Banks

In Course Navigation, click the Item Banks link.


  • You can also access quizzes from the Assignments page.
  • You can also access Item Banks from the New Quizzes Build page.

View Item Banks

By default, the Item Banks page displays the This Course filter (question banks created in the course) [1]. You can also select between viewing All Banks (question banks shared with the user, course, and institution), Institution Banks (question banks shared with your institution), and Banks Shared to this Course (question banks shared with the course).

To search for item banks, enter a search term in the the Search field [2].

You can sort item banks by the Bank Name, Last Used date, or Last Updated date [3]. You can also sort the item bank names by ascending or descending order [4].

Each item bank includes the date it was last updated [5] and the number of questions and stimuli it contains [6].

To create a new item bank, click the Add Bank button [7].

Open Item Bank

To open an item bank, click the name of the item bank.

View Items

View the items in the item bank [1].

To search for an item, enter the search criteria in the Search field [2]. Search results will display items with matching results in question titles, question stems, and answer choices.

To filter search results, click the Add Filters button [3].

View Search Filters

Search results can be filtered by tags or item type.

To filter results by tags, click the Tags and Metadata field and select a tag [1]. Selected tags will display in the Tags and Metadata field [2]. Tags can be created when editing an item bank item.

To filter results by item type, click the item type options you want to view [3].

Manage Items

To edit an item bank question, click the Edit icon [1]. To move or copy a question to another item bank, click the Copy icon [2]. To delete a question, click the Delete icon [3].

To return to your item bank, click the Item Banks link [4].

View Item Details

To view more details for a question, click the Open icon [1]. The details will include answer choices [2], the date and time the item was last updated [3], and any tags added to the item [4].

To close question details, click the Close icon [5].

Edit Item Bank

To edit an item bank, click the Edit icon.

Edit Item Bank Name

Edit Item Bank Name

To change the name of the item bank, enter the name in the Bank Name field [1]. To save the item bank name, click the Save Changes button [2].

Delete Item Bank

To delete an item bank, click Delete icon.

Confirm Deletion

Edit Item Bank Name

View the warning message for deleting item banks [1].

To delete the item bank, click the Delete button [2]. To keep the item bank, click the Cancel button [3].


  • Questions added to a quiz individually are not be removed from the quiz when the item bank is deleted. Question groups that use a random number of item bank items are not be available after the item bank is deleted.
  • Once an item bank is deleted, it also loses its statistical link to reports.
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