IMPORTANT NOTE: Please avoid using Safari as your browser when taking a Quiz on Quercus as many have reported issues. Use the latest version or Firefox or Chrome instead.

Academic Integrity #

Academic integrity is a fundamental value of learning and scholarship at U of T. Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in this academic community ensures that your U of T degree is valued and respected as a true signifier of your individual academic achievement. The Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters outlines the behaviours that constitute academic misconduct, the processes for addr essing academic offences, and the penalties that may be imposed. You are expected to be familiar with the contents of this document.

Checklist for successful online test-taking #

Recommended computer and internet connection:

The Canvas Student app should not be used for any high-risk activities such as submitting assignments or quizzes—important tasks and assessments should be completed on a desktop or laptop computer instead.

Before the Test:  #

  • Verify that your  computer hardware, and software are supported  by Quercus (Canvas).
  • Ensure that your  browser is supported by Quercus (Canvas).
  • Use a computer with a wired internet connection (avoid dial-up, no wireless, no satellite), we suggest checking the speed and quality (e.g.,  U. of T. Speedtest.  for computers on campus) of your network connection. You want a speed faster than (more than) 512 kbps.
  • Turn off third-party browser extensions, toolbars, etc.
  • Ensure that your system has the most recent updates, e.g., Microsoft update (PC) or OSX software update (MAC) as either may try to restart your machine.

For all Test Takers: #

  • Turn off any programs that might interrupt your taking of the test by overloading your system’s processor (e.g., Skype, Twitter, IM, email, etc.).
  • Make sure pop-ups are allowed before taking the test.
  • Avoid running programs in the background that may consume large amounts of bandwidth (e.g., do NOT use Netflix, YouTube, streaming internet TV or other programs that require high bandwidth).
  • If you want to resize or refresh the browser window, do it before you start the test.
  • Just before the test, log out of the browser by closing all windows and quitting the browser, then re-open the browser and log back into Quercus.
  • Only have one browser window open unless otherwise specified by your instructor, and avoid opening multiple tabs.
  • Do the practice test if made available by your instructor.

When taking the test:        #

  • When opening the test, click the link ONLY ONCE and wait for it to load, be patient.
  • Use Quercus navigation buttons, DO NOT use browser ‘back’ and ‘forward’ buttons.
  • Click the ‘Submit Quiz’ button ONLY ONCE,be patient. Double-check that you have an internet connection before submitting.

If a Test is being Proctored by ProctorU: #

  • Please consult this Remote Proctoring page for information on what to expect and how to prepare.

Practice Quiz Example: #

  • Take a look at this Practice Quiz that demonstrates the quiz taking experience on Quercus with various question types.
  • You can use this quiz to get a general idea on how online quizzes function on Quercus

Taking a Quiz in Quercus #

Your instructor may require you to take a Quiz in Quercus. The quiz may be made available to you in a Module, or in the Assignments or Quizzes area of your course. Most likely you will find it in the Quizzes section:


When you first open the quiz, you will see the Quiz summary, as depicted in the image below.

The Quiz summary includes the due date, points possible, the number of questions, and may include information such as: availability window, time limit and the number of attempts allowed. The instructor may provide additional information that will appear under “Instructions”. Once you are ready to begin, click the “Take the Quiz” button.


Your quiz questions will either be presented to you one at a time, or all together on one page.

As shown in the image below, the time and date that you started your quiz will appear under the quiz name. On the right-hand side of the page you will find quiz summary information, including links to individual questions and their status, the quiz attempt due date, and the time remaining for the quiz (if it is a timed quiz). Your quiz questions are saved automatically, and the time that your responses were last saved can be found next to the “Submit Quiz” button.

If your quiz displays one question at a time, when you are ready to move on to the next question, you can select the “Next” button.

When you are satisfied with all of your quiz responses, you can click the “Submit Quiz” button. If your instruction has allowed additional quiz attempts, you can access them by clicking the “Take the Quiz Again” button.

Note: Timed quizzes will be automatically submitted when the time has elapsed.


Depending on the options selected by your instructor, you may have access to information about your completed quiz.

For example, you may only see your score for the quiz. Please note, if the quiz has a question with a written answer component, don’t panic, your score will be updated once your instructor/TA has graded all the questions in your quiz.

If you experience technical issues … #

Please don’t panic if you see the Internet connectivity message below. Quiz questions completed up until the point when connectivity was lost should be saved.

  • Close the browser and open it again. (if this does not work, shut down your computer. Turn it back on and open the browser again)
  • Your progress prior to the loss of Internet connectivity should be saved.
  • This is especially important to check just before submitting your quiz.

Return to the Quercus Quiz and select the Resume Quiz  button (screenshot below):


If you encounter a technical problem while submitting your quiz, please send the following information to your instructor and to the Rotman Helpdesk at :

As mentioned above, the Canvas Student mobile app should not be used for any high-risk activities such as submitting assignments or quizzes—important tasks and assessments should be completed on a desktop or laptop computer instead.

For more information on taking a Quiz in Quercus, see the below in the Canvas Community Student Guide.