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Adding Ranking Questions

A ranking question is answered by arranging items according to your preference.

To add a ranking question to your assessment, log into your Assessment Generator account and click the “Edit” link for your assessment.


Edit Type Assessment

Next, select the “Questions” tab.

Questions Tab

Add a new question by either clicking the “Add Question” button or by clicking either the “Add Above” or “Add Below” links on existing questions:


Add Question

Select “Ranking Question” from the “Select Question Format” popup.


Select Ranking Question

The Ranking Question Editor will appear, where you can enter the text of your question. Click “Save.” You’ll be able to create your ranking choices in the next step.

Ranking Question Editor

Adding Choices

After you enter your ranking question text and click save, you’ll see the question appear in the list of questions. Now you can add the choices that the respondent will be asked to rank by clicking the “Add Item” button:


Add Ranking Items

In the editor window that appears, enter the text of the choice 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 choice, it will appear in the questions list. You can click “Add Item” again to add as many choices as you need.


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 types. 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:


Scoring a Ranking Question

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:


Ranking Question

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.


Add an Identifier

This optional field enables you to reference the answer to a question.

Answer Identifier

This field could display a respondent’s answer in the assessment results, or you can use it to pass the answer through a webhook or Zapier integration to an outside application.

When your respondents complete your assessment, they can rank their choices by either selecting a numeric value in each dropdown menu or dragging and dropping the choices. The same ranking value cannot be used twice. The respondent must provide a ranking value for every choice if the question is marked as required.


Your Ranking question is ready to go! If you provide the respondent’s responses in your feedback, the response will be a list of choices in the order the respondent sets them.


Please review the rest of our User Guide to learn more about our software.