Run a quiz with Slido

  • 24 August 2020
  • 54 replies

Userlevel 4

Slido is gradually rolling out a new user interface. If the below steps and visuals match what you are seeing within your account, then you are using the new interface and this article is for you. If not, please see this version.


Use a Slido quiz to test for knowledge or simply add a little fun to your meeting or event. You’ll be surprised how a bit of competition can help keep your audience’s attention.


In this article:



Create your quiz questions


To create your quiz:

  1. Use the + Add new button to create a new interaction and select Quiz
  2. Give your quiz a name (e.g. “Quarterly Sales Quiz”)
  3. Click + Add first question and enter your question and answer options
  4. Mark the correct answer using the checkmark on the left
  5. Select + Add another quiz question to add more questions

All quiz questions are multiple choice. You’ll always need to include at least two possible answer options and mark at least one of them as being correct.


Create a quiz question


You can even choose to have multiple correct answers. But if you do this, participants will need to select all correct answers in order to receive credit for the question.


Quiz timer

Every quiz question will default to having a 20-second timer. You can change this when creating or editing quiz questions by clicking on the timer near the top of the question – or you can change it from the Poll settings as seen below.


Edit the timer for quiz questions


Random quiz question

If you’re running a quiz for fun and are running out of question ideas, you can add a random question with a single click. Just select the Random question icon and you’ll be all set.


Add a random quiz question


There is a hard limit of 100 questions per quiz to ensure smooth performance. However, we recommend 30 questions or less to prevent audience fatigue.



Edit your quiz


You can edit your quiz or add more questions at any time. To do so, start by selecting the quiz from your My Interactions list. Here you can:

  • Rearrange the order of questions by clicking and dragging them
  • Edit the timer for each question
  • Add another question
  • Edit an existing question by simply clicking it (changes will save automatically)
Edit your quiz



Activate the quiz so participants can join


Once you're all set, click the Play button or Start interaction to activate your quiz.


Activate your quiz


Before jumping to the first question though, make sure and give your participants time to join the quiz. 


Joining a quiz is different from joining a slido. When a quiz is activated, participants who have already joined the Slido event will be prompted to join the quiz by entering their name. This name is what will be displayed at the end of the quiz if they finish in the top five.


Here’s what participants will see when a quiz is activated and they join.


How participants join your quiz



And as a host, you’ll be able to track how many people have joined the quiz. Then whenever you’re ready, you can begin by starting the first question



Run the quiz


After beginning with the first quiz question, use the control bar below to move forward. Click Lock voting to display the results and then click Reveal answer whenever you’re ready.

Continue your quiz by selecting Next question.


Run your quiz from the control bar


If you’re using the quiz timer, voting is locked and results appear automatically when the time is up.



Display the leaderboard


After your final question, you can then reveal the leaderboard. This will display a leaderboard of the top five participants in Present mode, while at the same time telling every participant how they finished on their own devices.


Quiz participants are automatically ranked based on the number of correct answers they chose and how quickly they responded.


Reveal the leaderboard after your quiz


You can also choose to display the leaderboard at any point during your quiz. This is helpful if you wish to show participants where they stand part way through. Just select the leaderboard icon in the control bar before going to your next question.


Show interim leaderboard



Useful tips


  • Test beforehand and reset your results: It's good practice to test things out before your live event. Once you're finished with testing, click the three dot menu next to your quiz and select Reset results. This allows you to start fresh!
    Reset your quiz results


  • Run your quiz throughout a presentation: Slido integrates with both PowerPoint and Google Slides. This allows you to space your quiz questions throughout your presentation and activate them automatically while presenting. Learn more about all of our integrations in our Integration Hub.



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54 replies

This is a great thorough explanation of the Slido’s type of poll that Slido calls “quiz.”  It was very confusing to see quiz and muliple choice as types of poll options to create online polls.  Tell that in particular to teachers and professors whose universes are already filled with numerous forms of assessments. For most of us, quizzes and multiple choice questions are nearly synonymous. This should be addressed early in the Slido Academy.  It took me a web search to land on this Slido community forum or site.  If I did not land on this community site, I would have continue on to use other online poll apps instead.

Userlevel 5

Hi @Asley,

At the moment, the quiz is not automatic so you have to click on each question to make it live. 

If you’d like to run multiple questions at the same time, you can run a survey instead. 

I can totally see that it would be useful to make the quiz automated so I am submitting this as a feature request. We also have a similar thread here: 

Hope this helps :)

Userlevel 5

Hi @Hsiung,

Thank you so much for your feedback! We really appreciate it 😊

I’m going to pass this on to our team to make sure we make the distinction between “multiple choice poll” and “quiz” more clear in our materials. 

Please let us know if you have any other feedback or questions about Slido.

Userlevel 2

Hello @Kdrakerf,

It is possible to run a quiz or a survey (with pre-selected correct answers). This allows you to evaluate how many correct answer which student got. To be able to see exactly who and how many points got I would suggest exporting poll results per user.

For checking the name of the students we recommend using our SSO or SAML protection. This would ensure that they do not enter some fake names but it also may be a bit tricky as the protection cannot be always set up. I would recommend checking with your IT department if students could be verified via some school/university e-mail addresses. Also it is important to set the participant privacy to always require name. Otherwise students could be switched to anonymous. 

You can also set name to be required without SSO/SAML verification but students can fill in fake names and sometimes people submit word Anonymous as a name and then it looks like they are anonymous. 

Please keep in mind that it is important to test this before using it for real quizzes to make sure Slido really fits the needs you have. 

I’m planning to allocate marks to students for “participating” in Slido Lecture quizzes. One mark for participating in the quiz, 2 marks for getting more than 50% correct. I’m curious if anyone else has done this, or something similar. I’m OK with doing some manipulation of data afterwards to get it into my LMS Gradebook, but wondering if anyone has any insight. I am thinking I need to let the students that they can’t be “anonymous” so I can track their participation and score?

Userlevel 3

Hey @Weibo Rao ,

If you are not wanting to reset the results, all of the participants submissions will combine together each time you run the Quiz. If you would want to keep specific groups separate, I would suggest duplicating the Quiz X amount of times you will be running it to keep the submissions from each session separate.

Let me know if this helps.


Hello Slido,


I will use Slido in a two-days event for interaction with people. They will take the Quiz and get prizes. The Quiz will be launched once an hour. How can I keep every attendee’s data without reseting the results.


Thank you very much.

Userlevel 3

Hey @Weibo Rao ,

I would suggest setting the Privacy settings of the event to collect names and emails of your participants joining as there is not a way to do this with the Quiz poll itself.

You dont need to reset the poll results unless you plan on using the total results from both days of quizzes to gift those winning because it will combine the leaderboard and results from all participants submissions over the two days.

Let us know if this helps!


Userlevel 5

Hi there @Flinders street trainers,

There are a few ways of you can re-use an existing quiz so that you don’t have to create everything from scratch.


  1. You can simply duplicate the quiz within the same event, this will duplicate the quiz questions without the answers.
  2. It is also possible to reset the results on your quiz. Here’s how you can do that. This will, however delete all the responses from the exports too so the leaderboard will be lost too. 
  3. If you’d like to start a new event but run the same quiz, you can duplicate the old event with the quiz - this will only duplicate the quiz questions and not the answers from the old event. Here’s how you can duplicate an event.


Let us know if this was helpful or if you have any other questions :) 


Is it possible to delete existing responses and re-use an existing quiz in subsequent training sessions?

Hi Slido,


I will host an interactive event during a two-days event, during which I would like to collect the guest informations, the emails and do some interactions with the guests, and then provide them some gifts.

What I plan to do is launch the Quiz every one or two hours.

I don’t want to reset the result every time a new Quiz starts, because I want to collect the attendees’ contact.

What are your suggestions for this requirement, to use the same Quiz multiple times during an event, and not reset the result every time.


Thank you very much.

Userlevel 2

Hello @TonyM. 

you can find a limit for maximum participants on this link:

We have different participants limits per each plan. You can find it directly in the first squares on the website. 


Good morning, 

I would like to know how many players are possible for a free quizz ? 


Thank you in advance, 



Userlevel 5

Hi @Edward O,

No, at the moment, you cannot run a quiz to run on its own but you could create a survey and send it to your participants every Friday. A survey is a collection of polls and if you want to run it like a quiz, you just need to add multiple choice polls. When you’ve created it, you could send the link to your participants every Friday.


Hope this helps :)

Can I schedule a quiz to run every Friday for a specified period of time?  Is it the “session” option?  And does the Free version allow this; one survey per session?  Thanks

Is there a way to show the participant their ranking after the quiz, without displaying the other participants names on the leaderboard?

Additionally, when testing, at the end of the quiz, I can only get view answers button to show to the participant if I display the leaderboard first. Is there another way?


Thank you. 


Userlevel 3

Hey @Ami.Myers ,

Thanks for your questions!

Its not currently possible to show individual ranks for the Quiz without displaying the entire leaderboard, but we will submit this as a feature request to the team.

You can show answers after you’ve completed getting the responses, then on the next click will display the leaderboard.

Let us know if you have any other questions!



Can quiz run automatically, without me (as admin or presenter) clicking every time when I need to proceed to another question? I need it so participants can answer questions in their own pace.

I see the tip to keep a quiz under 30 questions.  Is there a limit to the number of questions that can be in a quiz?  Is there a document geared toward educators in which this is documented that we can share with customers?


Userlevel 3

Hey @mina.vojinovic ,

The Quiz is only able to be ran as a Live feature. 

If you’d like participants to respond to multiple polls on their own time, you can use the Survey feature for asynchronous use.

Let us know if you have any other questions!


Can the leadership board of a quiz show the person that answer the question fastest for each question and not base on the overall time the person interacting with the quiz?

Userlevel 5

Hi @Stephanie Knoop,

Slido has an overall limit of 100 polls or 100 000 characters per room. There is no exact limit on the number of questions in a quiz, as this depends on the length of your questions and the number of options, but we would recommend keeping it under 30 to be safe.

Let me know if you need anything else :)

Userlevel 5

Hi @Steve Panton,

At the moment, it’s not possible to just see who was the fastest for each question. The leaderboard will always combine the time the participant took to answer and the number of correct answers.

However, when you view the leaderboard in your admin, you can see who was the fastest. To view the leaderboard, click on the arrow below the quiz poll, then select the three dots next to ‘Leaderboard’ and then select ‘View Leaderboard’. Here is a video tutorial.

I hope this helps 🙂 Let me know if you have any further questions!

If I set good answer for 2 options the points are not awarded as I would expect for any of this answers :(

Userlevel 2

Hi, @Loredan

I’m sorry to hear that the functionality doesn’t work as expected. 

Just to better understand your need, did you want the participant get a point for every correct answer? Or perhaps divide the single point for any correct answer the participant would select correctly? 

Once I know more about how you would expect the correct answers to be calculated, I’d be happy to forward the suggestion to our product team. 

Thanks for letting us know it can be improved!

Dasa from Slido