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Essay Question

1:  About the Essay Question

The respondent is given a larger open-ended answer field than the traditional text question, where they may enter a longer open-ended, alpha-numeric response. This question can have a single entry form or multiple rows and/or columns.

Mobile Optimized: Yes

2:  Adding an Essay Question

To add an essay question, add a new survey element, select "Standard" and click on "Essay." Then click "Insert."

Enter the question text and instructions.

If your question only requires a single entry form, there's no need to add rows or columns.

2.1:  Adding Rows

Click "+New Row" to add each new row, then enter the answer option in the text field.

Do not number the answer options unless you want numbering to appear for the respondent. The system will automatically provide labels/numbers for the rows with the prefix "r," which you can edit later in "Options."

2.2:  Adding Columns

Click "+New Column" to add each new column, then enter the answer option in the text field.

Do not number the answer options unless you want numbering to appear for the respondent. The system will automatically provide labels/numbers for the columns with the prefix "c," which you can edit later in "Options."

3:  Style Settings

To configure the style settings for the question, click the "Basic" link.

Additional information about each feature will appear when you hover-over the text. Once the changes are made, click "Save."

Learn more: Question Styling Overview

4:  Question Options

The options available are located on the right side of the screen. Set rules for the entire question by clicking near the question text.

  • Label: The label assigned to the element. You may edit the default label for the element here.
  • Type: Displays the element type.
  • Show If: Allows you to create new logic conditions or select an existing logic condition for the element. For more information, click here.
  • Languages: Select what languages the element will show in if the survey has multiple languages. The default is "all languages."
  • Mandatory: When checked this option will force respondents to provide a response. The respondent will be unable to continue the survey without completing the question.
  • Randomize: Show answer options in random order. Check rows, columns, and/or groups to randomize.
  • More Options: Use the dropdown menu to select less commonly used options. Once selected, you will be able to specify the setting for that option. For more information on each option, click here.
  • Raw Options: If you prefer to manually enter the XML options, use the "Raw Options" dialog. This is useful for copying and pasting options between survey elements.

4.1:  Row Options

Click on a row to set options for that specific row.

  • Label: The label assigned to the row. You may edit the default label for the row here.
  • Data Value: The value assigned to the row in the data. You may edit the default value for the row here if the option is available.
  • Show If: Allows you to create new logic conditions or select an existing logic condition for the row. For more information, click here.
  • Languages: Select what languages the row will show in if the survey has multiple languages. The default is "all languages."
  • Do Not Randomize: This option is only available if the "Randomize" general option is selected. Checking this box will force the line to remain stationary.
  • Optional: This option is only available if the "mandatory" general option is selected. When checked it will allow for the row to become optional and non-mandatory.
  • Open End: Allows you to add an open end response box to the row by selecting "mandatory" or "optional" from the dropdown menu. "Mandatory" means the respondent must enter feedback in the response box to continue if the row is selected, "optional" means that feedback is not required. 
  • Hidden: This option will hide the row from respondents.
  • No Answer: This option will replace the open end text box form with an exclusive check box form. It is primarily used if there is a "Don't know" or "None of these" answer choice in the question.
  • More Options: Use the drop down menu to select less commonly used options. Once selected, you will be able to specify the setting for that option. For more information on each option, click here.
  • Raw Options: If you prefer to manually enter the XML options, use the "Raw Options" dialog. This is useful for copying and pasting options between survey elements.

4.2:  Column Options

Click on a column to set options for that specific column.

  • Label: The label assigned to the column. You may edit the default label for the column here.
  • Data Value: The value assigned to the column in the data. You may edit the default value for the column here if the option is available.
  • Show If: Allows you to create new logic conditions or select an existing logic condition for the column. For more information, click here.
  • Languages: Select what languages the column will show in if the survey has multiple languages. The default is "all languages."
  • Do Not Randomize: This option is only available if the "Randomize" general option is selected. Checking this box will force the line to remain stationary.
  • Optional: This option is only available if the "mandatory" general option is selected. When checked it will allow for the row to become optional and non-mandatory.
  • Hidden: The option will hide the column from respondents.
  • More Options: Use the drop down menu to select less commonly used options. Once selected, you will be able to specify the setting for that option. For more information on each option, click here.
  • Raw Options: If you prefer to manually enter the XML options, use the "Raw Options" dialog. This is useful for copying and pasting options between survey elements.
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