A single response question type allows the respondent to select an answer from a set of pre-defined answer choices. This question type is particularly useful for questions with a short list of possible answers, such as ‘How meaningful is your work?’.
A hint text can be specified for any single response question. When you check the box next to Hint text, an input box will be displayed allowing you to give a detailed explanation to the respondents as regards the purpose of the question. The hint text is not included in reports.
A respondent is required to select an answer from the choices, once the box next to Force response (mandatory question) has been checked. If he/she omits to answer the corresponding question, the message ‘Please answer this question before you continue’ will be presented on the screen.
If the Randomize choices box is checked, all answer choices defined for a question will be displayed to the respondent in random order. This implies that the response sequence may vary from respondent to respondent. However, the respondent doesn’t notice that the answers have been randomized.
The arrangement options allow you to arrange the elements either in a single column (elements below each other) or in multiple columns (elements in line with each other). When using multiple columns, the number of columns depend on the screen width and the number of answer options for the corresponding question.
Here you define all answer choices (one per line) for the corresponding question, e.g. ‘Extremely meaningful’, ‘Very meaningful’, ‘Moderately meaningful’, ‘Slightly meaningful’ and ‘Not at all meaningful’. By default, you can enter 4 answer choices for one question. In order to add an additional answer choice, you have to click the Add answer choice button. To remove one or more redundant answer choices, you can click the x sign after the corresponding options.
All answer choices have a unique numerical value; this value is incremented by 1 for each answer choice. The first answer choice has the value 1, the second the value 2, and so on. If these values for a particular question are not unique, this will undoubtedly result in an error message. In order to edit the numerical value of an answer choice, you must click the ellipsis sign (3 vertical dots) after the corresponding choice. When randomization is enabled (see above), you can indicate for each answer choice of a particular question that it should not be randomized (check mark at Exclude from randomization).
You can change the chronological order of the various answer choices using the cell sign in front of the appropriate answer choice. In order to change its position, you have to select the cell sign and drag the corresponding answer choice to its desired position while holding down the left mouse button. As soon as you release the left mouse button, the corresponding answer option will be dropped to its new position.