Creating an Effective Online Quiz

 As with any skill, effective use of the quiz engine takes time, work, and practice. Of course, a few guidelines can serve as helpful tools that will assist in making your quiz truly valid and reliable.

The first thing you need to do is select an effective question design strategy. Asking good questions, (making sure your respondents thoroughly understand what is being asked) is one of the most important factors in obtaining useful data. Consider these things in the formulation of your test questions:

First, make sure to tie each question to your goal. After all, you know exactly what you are trying to measure. Make sure that your questions translate directly to the theme you are trying to set. Try to ask multiple questions about each important idea related to your theme. This gives you more data points that will assist you in effective measurement.

Next, when writing a multiple-choice question, be sure that each wrong answer represents a common misconception. You wouldn’t want any options to appear so obviously unrelated. It will also eliminate the confounding variable of easy guessing.

Also, never overlook the significance of a good practice run. Testing and retesting will easily provide you with information regarding your test and the areas upon which improvement is needed. Perhaps you need to rewrite your questions to accommodate a lower comprehension, or some questions need to be redone entirely because they do not measure what is intended. Just as practice makes perfect, always be open to the idea that your test can still be improved.

Once you’ve got what you consider to be a well-written test, be sure to use the appropriate quiz reports and statistics. Detailed reports are valuable tools for understanding your data, as well as presenting it to your respondents. Reports that are too complicated or too insignificantly detailed may be difficult for them to understand, thus preventing your respondents from gaining anything from your quiz. Most people expect results for any form of work. Providing them with an adequate response is close to common courtesy.

What to Do Before Taking an Online Quiz or Survey

If you’ve spent enough time on the internet, you’re sure to have come across some type of website or pop-up requiring you to answer an online quiz or survey. Most of the time, they introduce themselves to you as some sort of online review system for their website, or a version of a personality quiz. As harmless as they may seem, these may actually be harmful to your computer, or even to your identity.

Your desire to answer these quizzes may stem from a desire to assist in research, the motivation of a possible prize, or simply sheer boredom. However, before you answer these quizzes, keep these things in mind.

First, understand that someone took the time to formulate these questions, create the quiz itself, and upload it online. Think about why they did it. What is the motivation behind this quiz?

Second, consider the amount of information this quiz is requiring you to provide. Understand how this information will be used and if it is sufficient for its purpose. If you believe they are asking for more than is needed, check if they provide you with some terms or conditions. Some of these quizzes are designed to take your information for the purpose of selling, loan or trading without the possibility of it being retrieved or removed.

Finally, consider the questions being asked. If a survey is intended to measure your satisfaction with a website’s services, then a question regarding your general health is obviously farfetched. Other surveys disguise themselves as innocent pastimes, such as a quiz that predicts how many children you may have in the future or the first letter of your future spouse’s name. Keep in mind that some of these surveys require you to give personal information that you may not have given under other circumstances.

Ultimately, the greatest thing to consider it the amount of information you are willingly sharing to a third party. Before you decide to enter yourself in an online raffle or assisting in research, think through the possible ramifications of your actions. If you do not feel 100% confident about the credibility of this test, or the amount of personal information required of you, always remember that you have the option to refuse a response. Always remember that prevention is the best cure for any kind of harm.