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Creating Types for Your Multi-Type Assessment

A Multi-Type Assessment rates a respondent in each of several categories. 

  • That’s like a report card that gives you grades in several subjects without passing or failing grades.
  • For example, an assessment can ask, “What would you most like to study in college: arts, sciences, or business?” You can give the respondent a score for every type, along with custom feedback:
    • “You scored High on interest in sciences. That means you will likely be very motivated if you major in science. Here are some resources to guide you…”
    • “You scored Medium on interest in business. That means this may not be the best choice for your major. Here are some resources to help you learn more…”
    • “And you scored Low in arts. That means this would not be a good choice for your major.”


Enter the Assessment Generator editor to set up types for your Multi-type assessment.

First, select the “Edit” link in the menu underneath your Multi-type assessment.

Edit Multi-type assessment


Then click on the “Types” tab at the top of the page.

Types tab on Multi-type assessment


The “Types” page is the place to set up the different types (or categories) used to score the questions in your assessment.

It’s also where you provide score interpretations for each of your types.

Choose Your Scoring Model

You can set up your assessment scoring in one of two ways:

  1. Type Assessment: Assigns the respondent to a single type based on their scores and presents content for that type.
  2. Multi-Type Assessment: Rates the respondent and provides score-dependent feedback in all types.
Scoring Model

If you’ve chosen the first option, please go to the Creating Types For Your Type Assessment page.

With a Multi-type assessment, you’ll also see an option to select whether to use “Manual” or “Automatic” scoring. With Manual scoring, you set the values for your Score Ranges however you like. With Automatic Scoring, the software assigns how many points go in each Score Band.

We’ll cover creating score bands for your types in more detail below.

Configure Type Presentation Order

The next section is where you decide the order in which the types are shown to the respondent after they complete your assessment.


Show Scores for Types


With the first option, the types are shown from the highest scoring to the lowest for each respondent.

The second option allows you to present the same ordering of types for each respondent regardless of how they score in each type.

Select the Chart Type for Respondents’ Results

Next, select which chart type you would prefer for your respondents’ results:

Chart Type 

There are 4 chart styles from which to choose:


Note: When you set up your results in the “Results” tab, you’ll also want to select where your chart appears. You can include respondents’ results on their browser screen, their results email, and their PDF report. You can also opt to turn the chart off completely. See Setting Up How Respondents Receive Their Results for more details.

Show Scores as Percentages

If you want to show assessment scores as percentages of the total score, check the box for “Show Scores as Percentages.”


When this boxed is unchecked, the scores are based on the raw point values that you assign to your questions.

Set Custom Colors for Chart Segments

You can next choose whether to set custom colors for each chart segment.

Set Custom Colors for Chart Segments


When you check this box, you’ll be given the option to assign a chart color for each type you create. When you choose a bar, pie, or radial bar chart, these colors will be displayed.

The system default colors will be used for your results chart if this box is unchecked.

Create Your Types

Next is the area where you enter your types. You can add as many or as few types as possible for your assessment.

Click on the “Add Type” button and add a title for this type.

Edit type


Add a Type Identifier

You can enter an identifier to reference your type score in your results as a Merge Code.”

The identifier should be a name to help you refer to your type. Your respondents will not see it.

When you use an identifier as a merge code in your results, it will have ### before and after, but don’t include them here.

For example, let’s say you use “type_1” as your type identifier. When you want to reference the score for this type in your results, you’ll enter it there as ###type_1###. However, in the space below, you would enter “type_1” (without the quotes and the ###).

type identifier

Assign Your Type to a Color

If you selected the option (above) to set custom colors for your types, you would see a place to choose your bar, pie, or radial bar chart color for this type.


chart segment color


There are multiple ways you can change the color assignment in this field.

You can click on the color box and select a color.


Set Chart Segment Color with Color Box


You can type in the name of a common color.


Type in name of common color


If you know the hex code, you can enter it on the line.


Enter Hex Color

Add Your Type Description

Next, add your description for this type. This is the content that all respondents will see, no matter how they score in this type.

completed type


Then click the “Save” button to return to the “Types” page.

Repeat this process until you’ve added all of your Types.

Adding Score Interpretations to your Types

With a Multi-type assessment, you’ll see a button to add a score interpretation below each type description:


Clicking that button will bring up a score editor window, where you can specify what content the respondent should see when their score falls within the scoring range for this score interpretation:

Edit score interpretation


If you’ve selected “Manual” scoring, you can specify each score band’s minimum and maximum scores. Suppose you’ve selected “Automatic” scoring. In that case, the minimum and maximum values will be set automatically based on the minimum and maximum possible scores for the type and the number of score bands you create.

Note that the “Type Description” (entered on the Type Editor popup) will show for every type, regardless of the score. If you have introductory material for a type you’d like shown regardless of how the respondent scores, enter that in the Type Description. If you only want the score interpretation to be shown, leave the Type Description blank.

Editing Your Types

You can edit your types anytime by mousing over your type and clicking on the “Edit” link underneath your type.

List of Types


Make your desired changes and click the “Save” button to return to the “Types” page.

If you’ve selected custom colors for your types, you’ll also see them from this view.

Custom Colors for Bar Chart

Deleting Your Types

To delete your type, select the delete link underneath that type.  The link will change color to red and ask you if you really want to delete it.


Really Delete


To delete it, click the link again.  If you changed your mind or clicked the link by mistake, wait 5 seconds.

Re-Order Your Types

You can rearrange the order of your types by dragging and dropping them into place.

Save Your Changes

Click the “Save” button in the upper right corner of the page at any time to save your changes.


save type


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