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Engage online students by delivering and sharing results of polls and quizzes created within the Zoom video conferencing tool.

Zoom Polls & Quizzes


Zoom polls and quizzes are created directly within the Zoom platform to allow a meeting host, co-host, or alternative host to gather information from and share information with meeting participants to increase student engagement. Polls and quizzes may be created prior to (recommended) or during a Zoom meeting and reused in future meetings.  Standard polls contain only single choice and multiple choice question types. Advanced polls contain six additional question types, allow uploaded images, and have the option to set correct responses for each question, turning an advanced poll into an advanced quiz. 


To utilize the Zoom polls and quizzes feature, access the Zoom web portal via  Log in to Zoom with your UWNet ID and password. Do not use the Canvas-Zoom integration for this process as it has less functionality. 

Enable Zoom polls and quizzes

Use the Zoom web portal to navigate to Settings. Under the Meeting tab, scroll down to or click on In Meeting (Basic) to jump to the In Meeting (Basic) settings. 

Picture showing location of Zoom meeting settings

Within the In Meeting (Basic) settings section, scroll down and locate Meeting Polls/Quizzes. Toggle the switch to "on." Secondary meeting polls/quizzes options are listed and described below. 

Zoom poll/quiz secondary options

1️⃣ Check this box to allow the host to create advanced polls and quizzes. If this box is not checked the meeting host will be able to create standard polls (not quizzes) with single-choice or multiple-choice questions only. Advanced polls and quizzes offer more question types and the option to set correct answers for the quizzes you create.

2️⃣ Check this box if you would like the option to upload an image into poll or quiz questions. Uploaded images must be either a JPEG or PNG with a maximum size of 2 MB.

3️⃣ Check this box to allow an alternative host to add, edit, or download polls and quizzes during a meeting. 

4️⃣ Check this box if you want all responses to be anonymous and prevent names from appearing in quiz/poll reports. Students will not see names associated with responses during a meeting regardless of whether or not this box is checked. 

5️⃣ Check this box if you would like to create breakout rooms during the meeting based on how students respond to polls. 

After making any changes to these settings, click Save. 

See also Enabling Polling for Meetings (Zoom support)

Application and Limitations

Zoom polls and quizzes are used to engage learners and increase active online learning. Zoom polls allow instructors to capture and share information with students, creating the opportunity to build community for remote learners. Zoom quizzes offer instant feedback to instructors and learners about submitted student responses. 

  • You can create a maximum of 50 polls for a meeting. Each standard poll may contain up to 10 questions and each advanced poll/quiz may contain up to 50 questions. 

  • Only the original meeting host, by default, can edit or add polls during a meeting. Transferring the host or co-host role to another user will allow that user to launch polls that have already been created only. An alternative host can add or edit polls, but the host must enable this setting when selecting the alternative host. 

  • Only five of the eight available advanced quiz question types can generate immediate feedback. These question types are single choice, multiple choice, ranking, matching, and fill in the blank. The three question types that cannot supply immediate feedback are short answer, long answer, and rating scale. 

Zoom client version requirements:

Table providing the Zoom client version requirement for different polling features.
Feature Zoom Client Version Requirement
Allow host to add polls before or during a meeting 3.5.63382.0829 or later
Allow host to create advanced polls and quizzes Users below version 5.8.3 will not be able to view or participate in advanced polls
Allow host to upload image for each question 5.8.3 or later
Allow alternative host to add or edit polls and quizzes Zoom client version 5.8.0 or later and Android client version 5.8.3 or later

Avoid these Pitfalls

  • Ensure the meeting polls/quizzes feature is enabled in the Zoom meeting settings prior to beginning the meeting. Once it is enabled, you will see Polls/Quizzes as a separate Meetings tab. 

Image of Zoom Polls/Quizzes tab

If this tab is not visible, the polls/quizzes feature is not enabled. If only the word Polls appears here, only standard polls (not advanced polls/quizzes) are enabled. 

  • Well in advance of starting the meeting, ensure the polls/quizzes you need will be accessible within the meeting.
    1. Click the title of the prescheduled meeting you wish to start from your list of upcoming meetings.
    2. Verify that the polls or quizzes you need for this meeting are available under the Polls/Quizzes tab near the bottom of the page. The example below shows a meeting with two available polls/quizzes. 

Polls/Quizzes tab

3. If no polls/quizzes appear in this list, none will be available after the meeting has started. To avoid this, choose any one of the following:

        • Click the + Create button shown above and create a poll or quiz for this meeting.
        • Select a premade poll/quiz from the poll library.
        • Schedule a new meeting using a Zoom meeting template that includes the polls and quizzes you need. Share with your participants how to access new meetings. 

  • Polls and quizzes may be relaunched (reused) within the same meeting. Doing so will overwrite the original results. If you need to keep the original results, either download them before relaunching the poll/quiz or use a duplicate poll/quiz (recommended). 

Poll and Quizzes Best Practices

  • Polls and quizzes should be only long enough to fulfill their purpose. In other words, keep them short and topical. 
  • Keep the poll questions simple and correct sources of possible question misinterpretation. 
  • Write polling questions that will benefit the learner's experience. For example a poll or quiz may help build community, determine learning gaps, increase learner confidence, etc.
  • Let students know how to interact with the polls or quizzes, whether or not their responses will be anonymous, how long they will have to complete it, and if you will share the poll results or correct quiz answers with them. 
  • Prior to the meeting, determine the appropriate number of polls/quizzes and their placement throughout your meeting for maximum impact. 
  • Use the information gathered from polls/quizzes to direct instruction or enhance learner experience.


Getting Started

UW-Madison Zoom - Getting Started

How-To Resources

  • Zoom-created documentation 
Table listing information that can be found on polling and advanced polling Zoom support websites.
Polling for meetings (standard polls) Advanced polling and quizzing for meetings
  • prerequisites for polling for meetings
  • limitations of meeting polling
  • how to add poll questions for a meeting
  • how to use the Poll/Quizzes library
  • how to launch a poll in a meeting
  • prerequisites for advanced polling and quizzes for meetings
  • limitations for advanced polling
  • how to create an advanced poll
  • how to create a quiz
  • how to use the Polls/Quizzes library
  • how to launch a poll or quiz

See Also:

Creating personal meeting templates

Keywords:LDT, edtech, technology, learning technology, tech tools, zoom, polls, quizzes   Doc ID:120720
Owner:Michelle B.Group:Interdisciplinary Professional Programs
Created:2022-08-16 14:06 CDTUpdated:2023-03-09 16:12 CDT
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