Randomizing the Order of Answer Choices, Questions, Survey Pages
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Randomizing the Order of Answer Choices, Questions, Survey Pages

You can show elements of your survey in random order to respondents. This is helpful if you want to ensure that your order of questions or variable choices in is not influencing your survey results.

Click on one of the following topics to learn more:

Randomizing the Order of Answer Choices or Variables

The following question types have choices or variables that can be randomized:

To randomize answer choices:

  1. Click on the question you want to randomize.
  2. Click on Options in the palette.
  3. Check the box that says Randomize Choices or Randomize Variables.
  4. If you also want to limit how many of your choices are shown at a time, for example, to randomly show 3 three choices from among a set of 9, enter the number of choices you’d like to randomly show into the Limit choices box.
  5. Save your survey.
VIDEO: Randomize and Limit Answer Choices
Randomizing the Order of Questions on a Page

To randomize questions on a page:

  1. Select the page in your survey you want to randomize in the survey editor.
  2. Click on the Page tab in the palette.
  3. Check the box that says Randomize questions on this page.
  4. Repeat for as many pages as desired.
  5. Save your survey.
VIDEO: Randomizing Choices and Questions
Randomizing the Order of Pages or Blocks of Pages

You can randomize pages in your survey or divide your survey into static blocks of pages that are shown in random order. In either case you need to create a logic condition to trigger the randomization.

The first page of your survey is excluded from randomization and will always be shown first.

To randomize sections of your survey:

  1. When you have finished adding all pages and questions to your survey, select the first page of your survey and click the Page tab in the palette.
  2. Click Advanced Branching Wizard.
  3. Click Add Branching Rule and click Add a condition in the advanced branching wizard window.
  4. Set up the condition you’d like to trigger the randomization of sections or pages. If you always want to show your survey in a random order, you can set this condition to be that the first question on the first page of your survey Has a response. If you don’t want your respondents to see any of your survey’s questions on the first page, since they will be static, you can use the first page of your survey to ask your respondent if they agree to take your survey. If their response to this question is exactly yes, this will trigger the randomization. If they choose no, you can create a rule action that redirects them or terminates the survey. For more on creating logic conditions see: Adding Branching Logic to Surveys.
  5. Select randomly traverse a page range from the Rule Actions drop down.
  6. If you want to randomize pages, list the pages that you want randomized separated by commas. For example, if you have a 5 page survey, entering “2,3,4,5” will cause all pages to display randomly.
  7. If you want to randomize static blocks of pages, define your blocks using a hyphen and separate the blocks with a comma. For example “2–4, 5–7” would cause respondents to see pages 2 through 4 in order. This block of pages would be randomly shown either before or after pages 5 through 7, which would also be locked in order. If you have lots of blocks of pages and you only want to show respondents a subset of these blocks, check Show a maximum of [blank] blocks and enter the number of blocks you want shown in the blank.
  8. Select the page you want respondents to be skipped to after they have completed the randomized pages or sets of pages. If you send respondents to the Terminate page their responses are marked terminated. If you send them to the Finished page they are marked complete.
  9. Click Save Rule and save your survey.
Tip! You can combine random single pages with blocks. Entering “2–4, 5” into your rule will randomly show respondents either page 5 first, or the block beginning with page 2 first.
Make sure the page you skip to is not part of your random blocks or one of your random pages. Always skip forwards in your survey to avoid creating a loop.
VIDEO: Randomizing Sections of Your Survey
VIDEO: Skip to a Random Page