A ranking question allows you to provide your respondents with a series of options and ask them to rank them in order of preference, importance, etc. Ranking questions are only available in Type-Based assessments.
To add a ranking question to your assessment, log into your Assessment Generator account and click the “Edit” link for your assessment. Next, select the “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:
Select Ranking Question from the Select Question Type popup menu. 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.
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:
In the editor window that appears, enter the text of the choice and select the type that the choice should be assigned to. If you haven’t yet created your Types for your assessment you can do so by clicking the “Types tab”. Read more about types here.
After you save your choice, it will show up in the list of questions. You can then 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 like 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 in which the user is asked to rank their preference of Oranges, Apples, Pears, and Bananas. 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 as Pears, Apples, Oranges, Bananas, like this:
Points would be assigned as follows:
- Type Pears: 1 Point
- Type Apples: 2 Points
- Type Oranges: 3 Points
- Type Bananas: 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 do so by editing the question and selecting “Reverse Scoring.” With that selection in place the scoring for the example above would be as follows:
- Type Pears: 4 Points
- Type Apples: 3 Points
- Type Oranges: 2 Points
- Type Bananas: 1 Point
You can also provide a “Score Multiplier” when editing your question. Score values are then multiplied by the score multiplier you set.
When your respondents are completing your assessment, they can rank their choices by either selecting a numeric value in each dropdown menu or by dragging and dropping the choices. The same ranking value cannot be used twice. If the question is marked as required, the respondent must provide a ranking value for every choice.
Your Ranking question is ready to go! If you provide the respondent’s responses back to them in your feedback, the response will be a list of choices in the order the respondent set them.
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