Ever tried making a quiz and thought “I’ll just Google some questions and answers, and have it done in less than an hour…”?
Yeah, not really.
Here at the office, we underestimate the time it takes to make a quiz every single time. It takes sooooo much time to scan the web for qualitative quiz questions that also come with the correct answers. When I try these different searches…
– Quiz Questions – Quiz Questions and answers – Trivia Questions – Best Quiz Question Site
… it’s always the same outcome: Results are crowded with low-quality, outdated and (usually) useless sites.
Or would you elbow your way through something that looks like THIS?
Uh-huh, didn’t think so. 🙂
That’s why I decided to make the world a better place…
How? By creating a list of sites that offer a decent set of quiz questions and answers.
Here are my criteria:
1. The site needs to be free to use 2. The questions must be provided on the site, as well as the correct answers 3. There should be multiple quiz categories (no niche sites or single quizzes) 4. There should be the possibility to look for quizzes and/or questions by Category (e.g. geography, movies,…)
Sounds easy, doesn’t it? 😉
In addition, I evaluated the following criteria for each site:
1. Number of quiz questions 2. Ease of lookup 3. Difficulty level (of the quiz questions)
To evaluate the number of quiz questions and the ease of lookup, I used a star rating ranging from one star (minimum score) to three stars (maximum score). For the difficulty level, I used a qualitative ‘easy’, ‘medium’, ‘high’ scoring, according to my own appreciation. I think I can say that I have a decent level of general knowledge but I am in no-way a quizzing guru 😉
That being said, I noticed that the difficulty level of the quizzes is generally quite high. When you use quizzes for marketing or entertainment, we advise to not make the quiz too difficult… You don’t want your participants to feel dumb or see them abandon your quiz early.
PaulsQuiz is an excellent site, offering plenty of quiz questions from a wide set of categories. You can look up quizzes and questions by category but also by keyword (e.g. “James Bond”). The site also has a Subscription membership option and premium (paid) quiz download packs.
Pub Quiz Questions HQ offers a large number of quiz questions and answers, with a UK focus. The quizzes can be downloaded in pdf and there is a free Kindle book available containing all the General Knowledge questions. The focus on the UK specifically is not too prominent in my opinion, but I found the difficulty level of the questions quite high.
Quiz Zone is a well-designed quiz question site, with the possibility to browse quizzes as well as questions. The latter is useful when you want to compose a custom quiz yourself. The questions are categorized by difficulty level. Which is great! The site also has a forum which is actively maintained and has a lot of recent posts.
Quizballs has a kind of minimalistic design, but nevertheless, offers an extensive range of quiz questions about various categories. A very useful feature is their quizbuilder, enabling you to create a quiz with a difficulty level and subject of your choice.
The Online Test Centre focuses on educational quizzes and tests, such as numerical tests, verbal tests, etc. It contains more extensive questions, requiring some level of reasoning. This is useful in a learning environment or when assessing candidates during the recruitment process.
My personal favorite when you want to create educational quizzes!
Website:http://trivia.fyi/ Number of Questions: ⭐⭐ Ease of Lookup: ⭐⭐ Difficulty Level: Medium
Trivia.fyi displays one question at a time in a specific category. This is useful for taking a quiz, but a bit cumbersome to simply browse the questions. An interesting feature is the user-generated difficulty level for each question. It is however not possible to search questions by difficulty level.
Challengethebrain.com has a somewhat outdated design, but the site offers many different quiz question categories to choose from, including subcategories such as Movie Quizzes > Disney Movie Quizzes. A disadvantage, however, is that the quiz questions and quiz answers are on separate website pages.
Trivia Questions has a modern design and a decent set of quiz questions, categorized according to the difficulty level. An interesting feature is that you see additional information about the answer (‘More Information’), while most other sites just display the correct answer without explanation.
Although Trivia Playing is not the most user-friendly site in the list (there are ads all over the site), it contains a huge set of quiz questions about every subject you can imagine. The difficulty level is medium in general, but there is also a category ‘Easy Trivia’.
Free Pub Quiz Questions is a collection of difficult quiz questions for hard-core quizzers. Here is a sample question to give an idea of the difficulty level: “Rob Andrew was director of rugby at which Premiership team until 2006?” (Answer: Newcastle Falcons). So perhaps this resource isn’t for everyone
Each quiz is 5 rounds long and the scoring system is similar to Ken Bruce’s Popmaster on BBC Radio 2 (Q5 and Q10 are bonuses and worth double). The third round is always a “special” round which has some sort of game or twist involved. Every quiz has a music round with a link to either Spotify or Apple Music so you can play with the actual music, which is brilliant!
That’s all folks!
Those are my top 10 resources for when you need to find quiz questions and answers.