What is a multiple choice: select many question?
A multiple-choice question consists of two essential parts. The ‘stem’ represents the question or the problem statement and a set of alternatives containing a ‘key’ or the best possible answer. Except for the key, all other answer alternatives are distractors that are plausible or incorrect answers.
A multiple-choice select many question types is similar to the multiple-choice single select question type except in multiple choice single select, only option can be selected. However, in multi-select questions respondents can pick more than one answer alternatives.
Example of multiple choice: multiple select question
- Healthcare questionnaire: In a healthcare survey, respondents are asked to select all that apply in terms of symptoms, health insurance, medical aid, etc. A disease has more than one symptom, and when you design a survey with a list of answer options containing symptoms of a specific illness, it becomes easier to analyze and diagnose the possible ailment from which the respondent is suffering.
- Market research surveys: A multiple-choice multi-select question gives market researchers the opportunity to analyze the market trends, consumer perspective, and market insights for positioning their products.
Uses of multiple choice select many question
Multi select questions can be used in any scenario when there are more than answers possible. Respondents can select all the options applicable to them. They are often used in online quizzes, course evaluation surveys, market research surveys, customer satisfaction surveys, customer experience surveys and many more.
Advantages of using multiple choice select many questions in surveys
- Variety of choices: Multiple choice questions give respondents a choice of answer options. Hence they better understand the question and what options to choose from.
- Quick to answer: Offering a limited set of options helps them in making decisions faster. Respondents spend less time in clicking options instead of typing text in open-ended questions.
- Easy to analyze: Multiple choice questions are also easy to analyze and generate reports. You can export the survey reports to .xls and filter results based on responses. With an online survey software, you can also drill down and view, how many respondents select an individual answer option.
- Detailed insights: With multi choice select many questions, respondents share more about themselves, their choices, preferences and experiences. So, the researchers can collect more insights related to the subject. They can also find if there is any connection between the selected options. Say how many people selected option B along with option A. Based on such analysis, they can create a product or service strategy.
How to add a multiple choice multiple select question in your surveys
Check out our multiple choice select many help document for a better understanding of how it works.