What is a Ranking Question? #
A ranking question is answered by arranging items according to your preference.
- Only available in Type Assessments and Multi-type Assessments, not Simple Assessments.
- Ranking questions are scored and assigned to types (for Type and Multi-type assessments).
Create a Ranking Question #
Start by entering the Assessment Generator editor.
Then click on the “Questions” tab at the top of the page.
Click on the “Add Question” button.
Alternatively, you can mouse over any existing questions and choose either the “Add Above” or “Add Below” links. These links will add your new question either above or below your existing question.
Then select “Ranking Question” from the list and click “OK.”
Enter Your Question #
Enter your question in the editor window.
You can also include an image, video, symbols, and tables with your text.
Scoring a Ranking Question #
When creating choices for a ranking question, you don’t assign a point value for each choice as you do with other question formats. Instead, the point value awarded is based on the order in which the respondent places the choices.
For example, imagine a question where the user is asked to rank their preference for “Move my body,” “Create something amazing,” “Read a book,” and “Hang out with friends.” The question would appear in the editor like this:
As you can see, each choice is assigned to a different type. If the respondent ranked the choices in the order of “Read a book,” “Move my body,” “Hang out with friends,” and “Create something amazing,” like this:
Points would be assigned as follows:
- Type Scholar (“Read a book”): 1 Point
- Type Athlete (“Move my body”): 2 Points
- Type Socialite (“Hang out with friends”): 3 Points
- Type Artist (“Create something amazing”): 4 Points
In many cases, you’ll want this to be reversed so that whichever choice the respondent ranks the highest receives the most points. You can edit the question and select “Reverse Scoring.”
With that selection in place, the scoring for the example above would be as follows:
- Type Scholar (“Read a book”): 4 Points
- Type Athlete (“Move my body”): 3 Points
- Type Socialite (“Hang out with friends”): 2 Points
- Type Artist (“Create something amazing”): 1 Point
You can also provide a “Score Multiplier” when editing your question.
Score values are then multiplied by the score multiplier you set.
Assign Question to Section #
In the Setup Tab, you can configure your assessment to display your questions by section. If you’ve done so, you’ll see a setting here to assign your question to one of your sections.
Please note that sections control how questions are separated visually during the assessment. Sections do NOT affect scoring.
- For Type or Multi-Type Assessment: To set up types or categories for scoring, create types on the “Types” tab. Learn more about types.
- For Simple Assessment: If you need to create multiple categories or types and provide a separate score for each, please create a Type or Multi-type assessment.
- We can help you convert your Simple assessment into a Type or Multi-type one. Please contact us for assistance.
Assign a Question Identifier #
This optional field enables you to reference the answer to a question.
This field can display a respondent’s answer in the assessment results by invoking it as a merge code.
Question Required Setting #
Scroll down to see where you can require the respondent to answer the question.
If this box is unchecked, this question is optional, and the respondent can proceed to the next question without answering it.
Question Enabled Setting #
Next is the “Question Enabled” setting. Each question that you create will be enabled by default. You can disable individual questions in your assessment by unchecking this box.
Disabled questions will not be presented in your assessment.
Optional Question Notes Field #
Finally, there’s an additional text window where you can add notes that will appear below the question in your assessment.
You can also present your “Question Notes” with assessment results when you enable the “Show questions and responses” setting for the “Edit On-Screen Results,” “Edit Emailed Results,” and “Edit PDF Report” settings on the “Results” tab.
Save Your Question #
When you click the “Save” button to store your question settings, you are returned to the “Questions” tab, where you can see your recently-added question.
Add Ranking Items #
Now you can add the choices that the respondent will be asked to rank by clicking the “Add Item” button:
Enter the item text and select the type to which the choice should be assigned. If you haven’t yet created the Types for your assessment, you can click the “Types” tab. Read more about types here.
After you save your item, it will appear in the questions list. You can click “Add Item” again to add as many choices as you need.
Save Your Question #
Click the “Save” button to store your question settings.
Please review the rest of the User Guide to learn more about our software.
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