Have you always been interested in creating a Sporcle quiz, but weren’t sure how to get started? This guide is for you! Read through the instructions below, contribute a quiz, and you’ll be a great quizmaker before you know it.
Getting Set Up
If this is your very first time, you’ll need to accept our quiz creation terms of service before you can start making your quiz.
Once you’ve accepted the terms, navigate to the Game Creation Center and click the orange ‘Create a New Game’ button. You should see a screen like the one below.
Start by typing in the name of your quiz.
If your quiz has already been made by another user, it will display in the ‘Similar Games’ box below.
For ‘Game Type’ we’re going to choose ‘Classic’.
After selecting your game type click the ‘Create Game’ button.
The Game Info tab has quite a bit of display information you can change. To keep things simple, however, we’ve outlined the most basic settings. The others are used for quizzes with more advanced formats.
Game Name has also been filled-in from the previous screen, but if you’d like to tweak it, you can do so using this field.
Choose how many minutes you’d like your game to last before it ends. A good rule of thumb for a classic quiz is about 12 seconds per answer. This quiz has 17 answers, so 4 minutes is plenty of time. If you’re not sure how long your quiz is going be, leave it at 10 minutes (default setting.)
By default, the words ‘Can you name the’ followed by your quiz title are filled in here. You may need to tweak this slightly for wording or capitalization, but you’ll want to make sure it’s clear what a potential quiz-taker is answering.
Choose one of Sporcle’s categories your quiz fits into. If you’re not sure, Miscellaneous is a good default choice. You can always change this later if you’d like. After you’re done, hit ‘Save Changes’ and you’re ready to move on to the next step.
The options tab allows quizmakers to customize the way a quiz behaves. Since we’re making a basic quiz, you can skip this tab for now.
This is where you’ll input all your quiz information. Both hints and answers are entered here.
The most important thing to note about the answer column is that alternate answers/spellings can be added after a / symbol. For example, if Blade Runner had an alternate title of Blade Jogger, you would put the following text in the answer field: Blade Runner/Blade Jogger.
This way, someone taking the quiz can enter either answer and have it counted as correct.
If you want to put in an answer that is not part of the quiz, but you think may be guessed, you can add a ‘Bonus answer’. Bonus answers are not counted in the score, but they are triggered when a user types one in. To do this, enter the hint and answer in the normal way, but add ‘ee’ to the 3rd column. In this case, Star Wars was originally a two-word movie, but over time has been lengthened to fit in with the rest of the series, so it was added as a bonus.
Sporcle quizzes have a basic color scheme by default. If you’d like to make a few tweaks, though, the Style tab is where you should go.
For hints, you’ll want to choose a dark background color, with white text, as that will be the easiest to read. There are many great color suggestion sites that can help you pick out a color that is complementary to your answer background. Here we chose a dark purple by clicking on the color code and choosing a purple from the palette.
To complement the darker hint background, it’s a good idea to use a lighter color on the answer column, which makes everything easier to read. Just pick a color using the palette again.
When you’re finished picking your colors, click ‘Save Styles’.
Some tags are added automatically when you contribute a quiz, but on this tab you can search for specific tags to add. This will make your quiz easier to find, and more likely to be played. Here we’re adding the Actor, Harrison Ford, and Movie Title tags.
When you feel like your quiz is finished and ready to be contributed, the Finish Up tab us where you go to make it happen.
You have two options when you’re finished with a quiz. You can release it as Public or Private
A private quiz will not display on your profile, and can only be played when you send the link to another user. Quizzes you make for friends and family, or that are silly, should be made private.
This quiz will be released publicly to the Sporcle community and you will receive lots of feedback whatever you do. It will display in your profile and notify any friends you have that you’ve released a new quiz, so make sure everything is as polished as can be before clicking that button.
Congratulations! It’s a Quiz
After all that work, you’ve contributed your first classic Sporcle quiz, it should look a lot like the one below.
If you’re interested in checking out further quizmaking challenges, be sure to read our other guides. We also have a set of quiz creation video tutorials on our Youtube page, including a Classic quiz walkthrough. You’ll be on the quizmaster leaderboards in no time!