Anyone who has turned on the automatic grading feature in Google Forms can tell you that it is a tremendous time-saver compared to grading quizzes by hand. But what they might not tell you is that there are more features than just automatic grading that can be great time-savers.
Set Default Point Values and Question Requirements
One of the annoying things that I did to myself for years when making quizzes in Google Forms was to forget to assign a point value to one question or to make one of the questions required. Usually, I’d notice this about half-way through looking at my students’ quiz scores. That changed when I realized that I could set a default point value for every question and make every question required by changing my Forms preferences.
In Google Forms preferences you can set a default point value that will be applied to every question that you write. In that same preferences menu you can also make all questions required. Once set they are set those preferences apply to the form you’re currently working on and all future forms.
Combine Questions from Multiple Google Forms Into One
When you’re making a quiz or a survey that will ask questions you’ve asked on prior quizzes or surveys, don’t re-write or copy and paste. Instead, you can use the import function in Google Forms to pull in questions from your existing Google Forms.
This is a feature that I use when I’m making practice quizzes for my students. I use the import features because it lets me select questions from all of the quizzes my students have previously taken and then combine them into one comprehensive practice quiz.