Points-based questions allow you to assign point values to one or more of the answer choices. You can then use those point values to “score” a response or use them in your analysis.
When Can You Use Point-Based Questions?
- Online tests: If you are a training company or a trainer, you can create online tests using points questions for evaluation.
- Screen candidates for hiring: Aptitude tests are a great way to screen a large number of candidates efficiently. Create a questionnaire with weighted answer options for all candidates to fill out.
- Online quizzes: Create a quiz using points questions to test employees’ knowledge of your company.
Types of Point-Based Questions
SurveyMethods provides two types of point-based questions:
- Points Question – One Answer Option Buttons: Survey takers can choose only one answer from multiple answer choices. You can assign points to any, all, or just one of the answer choices. You can also configure additional settings for this question type (like displaying answer choices horizontally or vertically or adding an additional comments box).
- Points Question – Multiple Answer Checkboxes: Survey takers can choose one or more answer choices. You can assign points to any, all, or just one of the answer choices. You can also configure additional settings for this question type (like displaying answer choices horizontally or vertically or limit the number of answer choices respondents can select).
Adding Points Questions to Your Survey
You can add points for answer choices by choosing one of the points question types and entering the values next to the answer choices, as shown in the screen below. Note that if you do not assign points to any answer choice, the system will automatically assign 0 points to that answer choice when you save the question.
When survey takers select an answer, their response will be given the value that is assigned to the selected answer choice. The points are not displayed to the person taking the survey.
Where are the Points Values Displayed?
After you’re done collecting responses, you can view the results in the analyze section of your survey. In the analyze section, you can view the points summary in the following areas:
In the Results Summary report, you can view the Maximum Attainable points for your survey, as well as the Highest, Lowest, Average, and Median scores in the Points Summary section.
On the question level, you can view the Highest, Lowest, Average, and Median scores for each question.
In the Individual Results report, the points assigned to the answer choice selected by the respondent will be displayed as shown below:
Professional Reports: Quick Report Generator
After generating your report using the Quick Report Generator, you can view the Maximum Attainable points for your survey, the Highest, Lowest, Average, and Median scores in the Points Summary section.
On the question level, you can view the Highest, Lowest, Average, and Median scores for each question, besides displaying the answer choices with graphs and charts.
Professional Reports: Custom Report Builder
In the SurveyMethods Custom Report Builder, use the Statistical Measures object to insert the results of a points-based question as a table in your report. This will show you the Highest, Lowest, Average, and Median scores for each point-based question.
If you want, you can exclude respondents that have selected the 0-point answer choice. This setting is available below the dashboard in the analyze section of your survey. Check this setting to exclude respondents that have selected the answer option with 0 points. This setting applies to Results Summary and the default report in the Quick Report Generator.