Multiple Choice Questions With Multiple Answers

SmartSurvey has two different multiple choice question types:

An easy way to spot the difference in an existing survey is that the former will have a circular radial button next to the answer choices (or a single drop-down menu) and the latter will have square radial buttons.

When you add a multiple choice question with multiple answers, your respondent has the freedom to select as many answers as they like (unless you set a limit), using the checkboxes next to the question.

Creating Multiple Choice Questions with Multiple Answers 

  1. Click Add Question on your survey.
  2. From the menu, select Multiple Choice (Multiple Answers).
  3. Enter your question text in the Question box.
  4. Select a layout for how your answers should appear with in the Display Format drop-down menu.
  5. In the Answer Choices fields, type each answer.
  6. Click the green Save Question button to add the question to your survey.

Optionally, you can select and then customise pre-defined answer choices by selecting an item in the Answer Template drop-down list.

If you use None of the above as one of the answer options, it will automatically untick all the other answers when chosen - you don't need to do anything else to make this work

Customising Multiple Choice Questions 

Multiple choice questions with multiple answers can be displayed in two ways:

  • Checkbox Buttons (Columns) - Ideal for a long list of answers
  • Checkbox Buttons (Horizontal) - Ideal for a short list of answers. If you want to use a horizontal layout with a long list of questions, you can group your answers into columns

When you build a multiple choice question with multiple answers, you can customise it with the following additional fields and options:

Add Other Answer Choice Adds an Other option to your multiple choice answer list
Add Comment Text Box Adds a free text field underneath the question
Require an Answer to this Question Forces the respondent to select an answer before they can progress to the next page
Validate Answer Format Sets a maximum and/or minimum number of answers that must be selected for the answer to be accepted
Randomise, Sort or Flip Answer Choices Lets you control the order that the answers are presented: randomly, in alphabetical order, and so on

You cannot use a drop-down menu for multiple choice questions with multiple answers - this option is available if you select Multiple Choice (Only One Answer) 

Reporting Tip

Because of the way this question records responses, in cases where a question is skipped over, or not answered at all, some confusion occasionally occurs.

The report simply shows if a given tickbox was ticked or not, and a user who hasn't engaged with the question at all will show the same as one who has made the decision not to tick any boxes.

If it's important for your project to be able to tell the difference between these two cases, it's best to make the question mandatory (via 'require an answer for this question') and include the 'none of the above' option.

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