Advanced Questions and Elements
Beyond simple and grid questions, SoGoSurvey offers a variety of advanced questions and elements for use in more specific situations. Again, since there’s a perfect type for every question, it’s smart to explore all of your options!
- Horizontal Radio: This single-select question type, clearly a close relative of the Radio Button question, saves space on your page by displaying a short list of answer options displayed horizontally rather than vertically. Use this question type when you have short answers, a short list, and hopes of a shorter page.
- Drill Down Question: This advanced question type should be used when you want participants to respond to multiple interdependent questions. When the participant selects an option from the first drop down, only relevant options are displayed in subsequent dropdown menus. A classic example is asking for a participant’s location: Country, State, and City.
Answer options for this question must be added from an Excel file. Data for each dropdown menu should be aligned in a separate column (ex: Country, State, City) and the data in each row should present a complete answer set (ex: United States, New York, New York City). A column may contain duplicates, but the drop down will only show unique values. For multilingual surveys, you may export the file used in the primary language, add translations, and upload it back into the system.
- Numeric Allocation: Use this question type when you’d like participants to provide a numeric value to each of a set of sub-questions. Choose whether to display the total field as the participant enters data, as well as whether to validate the total field for a certain numeric value. For example: What percentage of your day do you spend on each of the following activities? Your total must add up to 100.
- Attachment: This question type allows a participant to upload one or more files directly to the survey. You may specify acceptable file types separated by commas (without spaces before or after commas). For security reasons, attachment file type extensions such as .zip, .exe, .rar, and .msi are not allowed.
- Rating Radio Button: This versatile question type displays a series of single-select Radio Buttons to which hidden weights can be applied. Answer options are generally arranged along a scale, perhaps from Strongly Disagree to Strongly Agree, and the applied weights allow you to report on both frequency and average weighted score. In other words, you’ll know how many people selected Strongly Disagree as well as the average score on the given scale – perhaps a 3.7 out of 7. If a weight is not assigned to a given answer option, responses will not impact the average.
- Rating Drop Down: Similar to the Rating Radio Button, this question type allows you to assign numerical values to a series of answer options along a scale. In this case, answers are displayed within a single-select Drop Down, so this is the perfect choice when you have a longer set of answer options along the scale. When weights are applied, reports will show both frequency and average weighted score.
- List Box: This question type is useful when you have a long list of answer options from which participants can choose multiple answers. Use a multi-select List Box instead of the Check Box so your survey appears short and compact. You can also add answer constraints, making it mandatory to select an exact, minimum, or maximum number of answer options.
- Captcha: Use Captcha questions to safeguard your surveys from spam bots and make sure your responses are coming from real people. If you will be sharing your survey on a public website, this question type should always be included, generally on the first or last page of the survey. This question is always mandatory and can not be skipped. Participants will be required to click on a check box to validate themselves and proceed. This question is easy on humans but tough on bots!
- Page Break: While adding questions to your survey, it can be very helpful to simply add a page break rather than adding new pages and rearranging questions. The Page Break feature is a simple and easy way to divide a set of questions onto different pages.