Ranking text question asks respondents to rank items in regard to preference or significance.

This question type is very well-suited for testing on methodologies or procedures that involve multiple steps. For example, you can use ranking questions to find out if a learner can actually carry out a safety or troubleshooting procedure, or knows the sequence, the order of events or the level of gradation. 

How to create a text-ranking question in Easygenerator

  • Select the text-ranking question from the left-hand panel and add it to a section.
  • Add a question title and instruction. 
  • Fill in the answer options in the correct order (top to bottom). Click the ‘Add answer option’ button to create more options. 
  • Create feedback for correct and incorrect answers.
  • Optional: add a voice-over

Tips for writing good text-ranking questions

  • The question instruction should be direct, meaningful and state a specific problem that focuses on the learning objective. 
  • Do not use negative phrases unless absolutely necessary. They confuse the learners. 
  • Limit the number of items to 7. More than 7 items may be confusing.
  • Make sure the order is unambiguous, and each item has a specific, clear-cut position in the list. 
  • Keep the items parallel, of similar length and have consistent grammar.

Tip: If you have a large list of items that you’d like to have ranked, consider using broad categories to group the items and creating several ranking questions rather than one. For example, if you have a list of 20 items, try to think of 3 or 4 categories that to group those items, and create a couple of separate ranking questions with 5-7 items in each. Ask learners to rank the items within each category.

Breaking large ranking tests into smaller, more manageable assessments will result in a greater number of questions. However, the overall task will be much easier for learners.

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