Question Types

  • Classic Design
  • New Design
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    Classic and New Design

    Classic Design is our original survey design tool. New Design is our new survey design tool that is currently in beta.

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SurveyMonkey's question types range from closed-ended to open-ended formats. The types of questions used in a survey determine how the data is presented in the analyze section.

Example Question Types

Note: This video is only available in English.

Creating a Question

  • Click Create Survey in the upper right-hand corner.
  • In the Edit Survey mode, click Add Question.
  • Choose a question type from the drop-down menu in the question builder.
  • Enter the text for the question and answer choices.
  • Click Save & Close or Save & Add Next Question to save it.

Available Question Types



Other Question Types:

Optional Formatting

Saving the Survey

Clicking Save Changes in the question builder automatically saves the survey. If you log out and return later, just click the Design icon next to the survey title to enter the Edit Survey mode again.

Editing a Question

Edit a question by clicking Edit Question. NOTE: Editing is limited for questions with responses.

Matrix of Choices vs. Rating Scale Questions

The difference between these show within the analysis. Rating questions assign weighted values to the answer choice columns, and they produce a Rating Average in the Analyze section. Matrix of Choices questions do not have this functionality.

To view an example of each question type before you add it to your survey, hover over any question in the BUILDER section of the left sidebar. 

In New Design, some question types have been combined into one. The settings within the question type allow you to further control the type of data the question will collect. For example, you can validate fields, add weights to answer choices, or allow more than one answer choice for certain question types.

The table below lists the question types available in Classic Design, and which question types you can use in New Design to achieve the same functionality.

Classic DesignNew Design
Multiple Choice (Only One Answer)Multiple Choice or Dropdown
Multiple Choice (Multiple Answers)Multiple Choice
Comment/Essay BoxComment Box
Matrix of Choices (Only One Answer Per Row)Matrix/Rating Scale
Matrix of Choices (Multiple Answers Per Row)Matrix/Rating Scale
Rating ScaleMatrix/Rating Scale
Matrix of dropdown menusMatrix of Dropdown Menus*
Single TextboxSingle Textbox
Multiple TextboxesMultiple Textboxes
Numerical TextboxesMultiple Textboxes
Demographic Information (U.S.)Contact Information
Demographic Information (International)Contact Information
Date and/or TimeDate / Time
N/ANet Promoter® Score
Descriptive TextText

*This question type is only available on professional plans.
We have several open-ended and closed-ended question types. The settings within a question allow you to control the type of data the question will collect. Make sure you pick the question type that's going to report the data you want.