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There are only 2 kinds of Branching Questions:

  • a test type question used to assess knowledge
  • a survey type question used to collect feedback.

Both question types will only appear as options when the Navigation selection on the Properties tab of Assessment Builder is “Branching.” Branching type questions can only be placed in Topics for which the Question Order dropdown selection is “Branching.”

Branching Multiple Choice

A Branching Multiple Choice question allows you to present up to 7 answer choices, from which respondents select only one by clicking one of the radio buttons to the left of the answer choices. This question appears very similar to the basic Multiple Choice type question, however for each answer given, a branching “target” can be designated that will branch (or jump) respondents to another question group (Topic), or another assessment entirely.

Answers: For each Branching Multiple Choice type question, a minimum of 2 answer choices must be presented for the question. The remaining answer choices can remain blank, if desired.

Below each answer text box is a dropdown from which you can select the next destination respondents will encounter, based on the answer provided. Each “Branch to” box defaults to “Next question in this group (Topic),” meaning no branching will take place; and the next question will be presented, whether it be in the same Topic or the next Topic. However, you can select any of the “Branch to” options in the dropdown to lead respondents to a question that resides elsewhere. (Refer to the “Branch to” detail below).

Shuffle Answers: Check this box to specify that answers be presented in random order for each respondent. The effect of this is that one respondent might see the answers in their natural order of A, B, C, D, while another might see the answers in the order of B, D, C, A.

Branching Choose One

A Branching Choose One question allows you to present up to 7 answer choices, from which respondents select only one by clicking one of the radio buttons to the left of the answer choices. This question appears very similar to the basic Choose One type question, however for each answer given, a branching “target” can be designated that will branch (or jump) respondents to another question group (Topic), or another assessment entirely.

Answers: For each Branching Choose One type question, a minimum of 2 answer choices must be presented for the question. The remaining answer choices can remain blank, if desired.

Below each answer text box is a dropdown from which you can select the next destination respondents will encounter, based on the answer provided. Each “Branch to” box defaults to “Next question in this group (Topic),” meaning no branching will take place; and the next question will be presented, whether it be in the same Topic or the next Topic. However, you can select any of the “Branch to” options in the dropdown to lead respondents to a question that resides elsewhere. (Refer to the “Branch to” detail below).

Shuffle Answers: Check this box to specify that answers be presented in random order for each respondent. The effect of this is that one respondent might see the answers in their natural order of A, B, C, D, while another might see the answers in the order of B, D, C, A.

Branching Targets

Use one of the following “Branch to” options to designate where each answer given will send respondents. To avoid duplication of question presentation and navigational “looping”, Branching is a progressive operation and does not allow reverse movement to target previous questions:

  • Next question in this group (Topic) - Selecting this option from the “Branch to” dropdown will display the next question, in accordance to the Topic settings.
  • Target question in this group (Topic) - Selecting this option from the “Branch to” dropdown will present a new dropdown labeled “Target” to appear and display questions that reside in the current question group (Topic). The questions displayed will only be questions that are ordered after the current question.
  • Target group (Topic) in this assessment - Selecting this option from the “Branch to” dropdown will present a new dropdown labeled “Target”, to appear and display Topics that reside in the current assessment.
  • Target assessment in this account (Workspace) - Selecting this option from the “Branch to” dropdown will present a new dropdown labeled “Target”, to appear and display Topics that reside in the current assessment.

Note

To avoid duplication of question presentation and navigational “looping”, Branching is a progressive operation and does not allow reverse movement to target previous questions.

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