Single Choice Question

Single Choice


Single Choice Questions are used for allowing a single selection of an answer from a pre-defined set of answers, for example:
"What is your gender?"

Question's Node

Under the Survey Tree, this is how the Question Node looks like.

The Tab's

Each question has a set of tabs; each tab is used for different configurations – let's go over the tab's.

The View Tab

In the view tab you can configure the basic components of a question, such as its body text and its answers.

Question Type & General Settings

In the main panel, you can set the questions type, its textual color and formatting.

In the bottom panel, you can Clear the questions content, add a new question of the same type right after the current one and quickly navigate between questions:

The 'Question' Tab

Under the question's tab, within the View tab, you can define the Questions Body Text and the surveyors instructions if any.

Defining The Questions Text

The text written in the question's tab box is the body text that will be displayed to the surveyor.

The surveyor instruction box, allows you to configure textual instructions for the surveyor that will be formatted differently than the body text.

For Example:

Here I configured my body text to be:

"What is your gender?"

And the Surveyor Instruction Text to be:


The 'Answers' Tab

The answer's tab allows you to define the questions answers, set their visual rendering, edit and configure them.

Defining the Questions Answers    

Answers can be added in various ways, for example:

  • Writing the answer's text in the given text field, and hitting 'Enter' or the 'Add' button.
  • Defining an answer scale. (For more information about answer scales please refer to the Scripting Guide)
  • Using the Multi-Add feature. (How To Add Multiple Answers and Update Them at once)

The index column represents the position order of the answer in the answers list which is given automatically by the system and is then used when referring to answers values with functions.

The 'Edit' button for the scale allows you to jump directly to the scale's editing mode.
The 'Edit' button for the answer allows you to edit its text.
The 'Properties' button allows you to configure the selected answers properties. 
(Such as:

How to configure an Exclusive Answer in Multi Selection Questions and

How to configure an Other Specify answer)

Rendering Modes

The rendering panel allows you to render your answer visual rendering in different ways, for example:

  • Displaying the answers in multiple columns.

    (Rendering answers in multiple columns)

  • The type of button's \ answers representation.

    (How to render Single Choice & Single Choice Grid Questions)

  • Configuring a question to Auto-Advance to the next question once an answer was selected.

The Rules Tab

In the rules tab you can define Entrance Rules, Validation Rules and Branching rules.

For more detail please see the following tutorials and refer to the scripting guide:

Survey Logic Video Series

How to create Entrance Rules

How to create Validation Rules

How to create Branching Rules

The Scripts Tab

In the Script's tab you can define your questions Start Script, End Script and enter the advanced scripts for defining more complex functions.

For more detail about Start, End and Advanced scripts, please see the following tutorials and refer to the scripting guide:

How to create Start\End Scripts

How To use functions across a script using the Advanced Scripts section

The Variables Tab

The Variables Tab is used for configuring variable related properties of a question.

  • Variable Name: is the name of the column representing this question when exporting.
  • Missing Value: is the value that this question will get if it was not answered or skipped.
  • Short ID: Is a short name that is used for ease of readability and is viewable in the Survey Tree next to the Question Index – Short ID's can also be used as a basis for variable names, please see: How to work with QRef's & Short ID's

Variable names can be referenced instead of Indexes by using the correct functions. (Basic Introduction to using VRef and VarName)

The Coding's Panel allows you to configure how the coding of this question should be when exporting:

  • Answers are coded in one variable – The variable name will represent the question column in the exported file and the numeric coding will represent the answer selected.
  • Each answer is coded as a variable – Each answer will turn to a variable and have its own column in the exported file, if it was selected it will get the 'Checked Code', if it wasn't selected it will get the 'Un-Checked code'.

The Advanced Tab

The advanced tab allows you to set & configure more advanced properties of a question.

Common usages of the advanced tab:

  • Hiding a question from the surveyor.

  • Randomization of Answers\Topics:

  • Allowing\Disallowing 'No Answer':

  • Configuration of Answer Properties, Attachments and Image Properties:

Variables and Exporting Definitions

If I export with 'Answers are coded in one variable' coding setting, I get the variable name from the variable tab as the column name and the coding of the selected answer in the corresponding interview row:

If I would have not answered this question or might have skipped it, I would have gotten the 'Missing Value' I defined in the variables tab:

If I would have configured the answer to 'Export as Text' in the variables tab, I would get the answer text under the corresponding variable column and interview row:

Common Functions used to retrieve the value
These are some common functions used with this type of question:



Contains(QuestionIndex, AnswerIndex)

ContainsIter(QuestionIndex, AnswerIndex, IterationNumber)

NotContains(QuestionIndex, AnswerIndex)

NotContainsIter(QuestionIndex, AnswerIndex, IterationNumber)

ContainsOneOf(QuestionIndex, AnswerIndexesSeperatedWithCommas)

ContainsIterOneOf(QuestionIndex, IterationNumber, AnswerIndexesSeperatedWithCommas)

Common Functions used to set the value

SetAnswer(QuestionIndex, AnswerIndex)

Related Links

For more functions please see the scripting guide and function library: Function Documentation

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