Continuous Sum

A continuous sum question lets the respondent give a score to options or answers which add up to a total that you have defined. This will allow the respondent to add a certain weight to each answer possibility.

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Here's an example of a continuous sum question:

Continuous sum example

Let's see how to add a continuous sum to your questionnaire. In this guide we'll discuss the following;

  1. Add a Continuous Sum question
  2. Change the general question settings
  3. Edit the question
  4. Add the answer options

1 Add a Continuous Sum question

In the Questions tab, click the button ? Questions. Select Continuous Sum from the list of question types and click +.

Continuous sum add question button

Great! Now you've now added a Continuous Sum question to your survey. You'll be able to make changes to the general question settings, edit the question and add answer boxes.

Continuous sum general question settings

2 Change the general question settings

Continuous sum general question settings

  1. Hide/show the question settings.
  2. Change the question order.
  3. Change question type.
  4. Make the question active/inactive.
  5. Lock/unlock the question to be edited by other team members.
  6. Copy, Delete, or Preview that particular question.

3 Edit the question

Continuous sum - edit question

  1. Add your question here. Want to make your text bold, italics, or a fun color? Use the rich text editor icons to do this and lots more!
  2. Click Add media or Add YouTube video to upload images or videos to make your questionnaire more entertaining. The file needs to be under 2MB. To add a YouTube video, paste a YouTube link after you've clicked the Add YouTube video button.
  3. Make the question mandatory - toggle the button to require respondents to answer the question before moving to the next question.
  4. Add a question tag - turn this feature to add a tag to your question that you can reference in your survey or PDF.

4 Add the answer options

You've written your question so now it's time to set up your answer options. 

Continuous sum answer options

  1. Type your first answer here. 
  2. Add a new answer by clicking Add answer.
  3. Total value - This is the value that the respondents' answers must add up to. As the respondent enters their answers, this value will update itself to show respondents the current total. 
  4. Total label - This is the wording that will show up next to the total value.
  5. Add custom validation - toggle to enable the custom validation feature. Read below to see just how this works.
  6. Add a text box to specify or leave an extra comment - When this feature is switched on, you'll be able to add your own text to ask respondents to give more information.
  7. Add button to upload an extra image file - This feature allows the respondents to upload their own image files. You can use this feature to make the survey more engaging.


Don't forget that respondents' answers will have to add up to the total you've set, so you might want to add a "Miscellaneous" or "Other" answer option at the bottom of your list in case respondents need to use this to make their answers sum to your total.

Activate custom validation to specify a minimum and maximum value that respondents must write. A box for minimum and maximum will appear under the text box for each answer when this feature is activated.

Tip: Use custom validation to ensure that respondents don't give a negative answer, for example.

Custom validation - continuous sum

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