Question pool

Question pool

This feature is included in all paying plans.

You might have made a long survey with great questions, but you know that a short survey will receive a higher response rate. Use our question pool feature so that the great questions you've made don't go to waste!

A question pool contains all the questions you've made and you specify how many of those questions to show to a respondent. Each respondent will then be shown a different set of questions, essentially a different questionnaire!

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1 Create your survey or quiz

You'll first need to have all your questions in place. Check out our guides how to make a quiz or survey.

2 Set up the question pool

Go to the Extra Options tab and scroll down to find Question grouping & Question pool in the section of Question logic.

Before we go into detail, you'll need to learn another key term here - question blocks:

Question blocks is the tool that allows you to group your questions together. You can move questions between the blocks and decide which question blocks to enable the question pool feature.

You can use the question pool feature in two different ways:

  1. Select a certain number of questions to be displayed from of all your questions
  2. Keep some questions fixed (e.g.: data collection questions) and show a selection of other questions

2.1 Select a certain number of questions to be displayed from of all your questions

When you want to select a certain number of questions out of all your questions turn on question pool in Question Block 1 (your only question block).

A box will appear underneath the question pool button where you can choose the number of questions to be displayed each time someone takes the questionnaire.

Turn on question pool

For example, in my questionnaire with 10 questions, I have selected 5 questions to be shown. So now my questionnaire will consist of 5 questions, randomly chosen from this question pool of all 10 questions. Every time the questionnaire is opened, there will be a different set of 5 questions shown.

2.2 Keep some questions fixed and show a selection of other questions

If you want several questions to be fixed in your survey, and others be to selected out of a question pool, you will need to separate the fixed questions from the question pool questions by using the question blocks. 

Tip: If you want to collect certain data, such as name and email address from everyone, make sure these questions are in their own question block in order that these questions are always shown.

We'll look at an example where you first want to collect some data from everyone, then have some randomly selected questions from a question pool.

Start by adding a new Question Block by clicking Create question block.

question pool - create question block

A new question block will immediately be added.

Now go back to your first question block which contains all of your questions. Select which questions you want to move to the question pool by checking the box and then select QB2 (Question Block 2) from the drop-down list.

Now you'll be left in the first question block with the questions that you want to be fixed. Make sure question pool is not turned on for the first question block.

Go to question block 2, turn on question pool and select how the number of questions you want to be shown each time.

Turn on question pool

If you also want to have questions fixed after your question pool, make a third question block and move all the questions you want to have fixed after the question pool to the third block by selecting those questions and click Move to question block and select QB3.

Tip: When question pool is turned on, you will be able to preview your entire questionnaire but not individual questions. Also, if you need to delete a question block, be sure to move the questions to a different question block first. It is not possible to delete a question block which contains questions.

Vincent is the author of this solution article.

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