This week the Google Drive team announced a great update to Google Forms, allowing you to randomize answer options for a number of different question types.

If you’ve been paying attention, Google has released a bunch of of updates to Forms in the past year, taking it from an extremely limited survey tool to a pretty comprehensive option. It still doesn’t serve all needs as of yet, but these recent changes are much appreciated.

Shuffle answer order

Randomizing the order of answers is great because it can remove some of the inherent bias that comes with a survey. Responders tend to choose the first option they are presented, so randomizing the order can help to get a more accurate depiction of how your survey takers feel.

If you want your survey takers to see answer options in a randomized order, simply click on the ‘Advanced settings’ link inside the question field and select ‘Shuffle option order’. Randomized answer options are available for the following question types:

  • Multiple Choice
  • Check boxes
  • Choose from a list
  • Grid

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Finn Vanman Jorgensen
Finn Vanman Jorgensen

Is it possible to set up Google Forms, so that the students have to accept that they are sending the form. The default is that the form is send first time they hit “Enter” on the keyboard. It happens all the time in my class, and it is very annoying. It could be like a dialogbox requiring the students to respond to something like “Are you sure that you want to send the form”.

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Finn Vanman Jorgensen