You can use quizzes to test peoples' knowledge or create assessments. You can make any survey into a quiz by designating correct answers in Multiple Choice or Dropdown questions, and assigning point values to each correct answer. The points earned for each question are added up at the end to make up the respondent's final score. You can choose whether you want to display your respondent's score to them after they complete your quiz.

When you analyze your results in SurveyMonkey, you can see overall averages and statistics across all respondents, as well as each respondent's individual score.

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Creating a Quiz

You can make any survey into a quiz by scoring, or assigning point values, to at least one question in your survey.

TIP! When you create a new survey from scratch and choose the Quiz category, any new Multiple Choice or Dropdown questions you add will have scoring turned on by default.

To score a question:

  1. Create a Multiple Choice or Dropdown question and add the question text and answer choices you need.
  2. Select Score this question (assign point values).
  3. Designate the correct answer by clicking the empty checkmark icon to the left of an answer choice. The checkmark icon fills in to indicate that it's the correct answer. You can choose more than one correct answer.
    • (Optional) Adjust the point value of any correct answer choice by clicking the up and down arrows next to the point value.
  4. Click Save.
Scoring Checkbox Questions

If your Multiple Choice quiz question uses checkboxes to allow more than one answer, you should require respondents to select a specific number of answer choices.

Otherwise, since points aren't deducted for incorrect answers, even if someone selects a wrong answer in addition to the correct ones, they'd still get the full points for the question—which might lead to a confusing final score.

For example, if there are two correct answers to the question, you should require that respondents select exactly 2 choices.

TIP! In the question text, make sure to tell respondents how many responses they should select.



The points respondents earn for each question get added up to their total score when they finish the quiz. The default point value for a correct answer is 1, but you can assign more than one point to any correct answer choice.

Negative points are not supported.

Max Score

When you're editing a quiz question, you can see the maximum number of points a respondent can earn for that question.

  • For Dropdown or Multiple Choice questions (where only one answer is allowed), the max score is equal to the highest point value assigned to an answer choice in the question.
  • For Multiple Choice questions using checkboxes (where respondents can choose more than one answer), the max score is equal to total point value across all answer choices (regardless of whether you require a limit or range of answer choices).

When someone gets the max score for a question, the question is considered correct in the question summary and in their individual response in the results.

Partial Credit

You can set up your quiz so that people can get partial credit for choosing certain answers. For example, you can assign 2 points to the best answer, and 1 point to the answer choice you want to give partial credit for. If the respondent gets partial credit (not the max score possible for the question), their individual response will show that they got the question "partially correct".


Displaying Quiz Results to Respondents

You can edit the quiz settings to display quiz results to respondents when they finish taking your quiz. The top of the quiz results page will show the respondent's percentage score, as well as how many points they got out of the total possible number of points.

Unlike Instant Results, the Quiz Results page only shows the respondent's own answers to quiz questions with points. Respondents won't see overall quiz results across all respondents, or anyone else's score .

To display quiz results to respondents:

  1. In the left sidebar, click Options.
  2. Make sure quiz mode is enabled.
  3. Select Display Quiz Results.
  4. (Optional) If you don't want respondents to see the correct answers to the questions they got wrong, deselect Show correct answers to incorrect responses.

Using Logic with the Quiz Results Page

Certain logic options are incompatible with the option to Display Quiz Results. If you add incompatible logic to a survey with Display Quiz Results turned on, you can still keep the quiz questions in your survey, but the quiz results page will be disabled automatically.

2 Compatible Logic
D Incompatible Logic
A/B Tests
Page Randomization
Question Randomization
Sorting, Randomizing, or Flipping Answer Choices

Question Skip Logic
Page Skip Logic
Advanced Branching
Carry Forward Responses
Block Randomization
Question & Answer Piping
Advanced Piping


Previewing Your Quiz

You can preview your quiz at any time. The preview mode includes the Quiz Results page, so you can see what your respondents will experience when they take your quiz.


Analyzing Quiz Results

For any survey with at least one quiz question, you'll see a Quiz Summary at the top of the Analyze Results page that gives you averages and statistics across all quiz questions. The Quiz Summary gives an overview of how respondents performed on all quiz questions.

TIP! You can apply filters to focus the data shown in the Quiz Summary. For example, if you're sending your quiz to different groups of people by using separate collectors, you can filter by collector to show Quiz Summary data for only one group. At this time you cannot export or apply show rules to your Quiz Summary.

Learn more about the different parts of your Quiz Summary below.

Average Quiz Score

The average score for all respondents displays as both a percent and as the average number of points over total points possible.

Score Distribution

A bar chart shows the score distribution of respondents. Each bar in the chart represents a range of scores. Hover over a bar in the chart to view the range as point totals.

Quiz Statistics
Lowest Score/Highest ScoreThe lowest and highest score a respondent received.
MeanThe average score among all respondents.
MedianThe score that falls in the middle of the score distribution.
Standard DeviationThe amount of spread or distance from the mean.
Question Rankings

The Question Ranking table ranks all quiz questions in your survey so you can sort by difficulty or average score.

  • Difficulty Ranking: The question that has the lowest average score is considered the most difficult, and is ranked 1. If multiple questions have the same average score, they're assigned the same difficulty ranking.
  • Average Score: The percent of quiz respondents who correctly answered the question.

You can sort the Question Ranking table in ascending or descending order by clicking the table header


Viewing Results per Question

Each question in your survey has a summary. Summaries for quiz questions show you how respondents did on that particular question.

Answer ChoicesAny choices with scores assigned have a green check mark next to them
ScoreThe score assigned to the answer choice out of the max score for the question
ResponsesThe percent and number of respondents who chose each answer choice
Quiz StatisticsPercent Correct: Percent or respondents who got the max score for the question
Average Score: Average as points received over points possible and as a percent
Standard Deviation: The amount of point spread or distance from the mean among respondents
Difficulty: The question's difficulty ranking with 1 being the most difficult, out of the total number of quiz questions


Viewing Individual Responses

Individual responses show how each respondent's answered each question in your survey and a Quiz Summary with the following data.

ScoreRespondent's score as a percent.
PointsRespondent's score as points received over total score.
RankRespondent's rank over number of respondents.
PercentilePercentile rank of the respondent's score. A score of 25% means the respondent's score is greater than or equal to 25% of respondents.
Quiz Results
    Correct: Number of questions where the respondent got max points
    Incorrect: Number of questions where the respondent got no points
    Partially Correct: Number of questions where the respondent got some points but not max points
    Skipped: Number of quiz questions the respondent didn't answer
    Total Questions: Number of quiz questions in the survey


    Exports and Shared Data

    To export quiz data, select a PDF Export. Scoring isn’t reflected in other export types.

    Shared data pages include the quiz summary, quiz results per question, and the quiz summary for each individual response.


    You can use quizzes to test peoples' knowledge or create assessments. You can make any survey into a quiz by designating correct answers in Multiple Choice or Dropdown questions, and assigning point values to each correct answer.

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