Order Rankings

What are Order Ranking questions?

Order Ranking QuestionThis is the perfect question type if you need your respondents to rank numerous answer options in comparison to each other, or by preference. These rankings can be formatted in ascending or descending order, depending on the context of your question or statement.

Why use Order Ranking question types?

Using an Order Ranking question gives value to each answer option, and provides a clear comparison of that value in contrast to the other ranked options. They may also stimulate respondents to be more evaluative when filling out your survey.

How do I create Order Ranking questions?

Add Order Ranking

  1. Go to the Builder
  2. Click ‘Add Page Items’ in the sidebar OR Scroll to the bottom of your project and click the ‘Add Items’ button
  3. Drag and Drop Order Rankings into the necessary place OR Click Order Rankings and then ADD TO PAGE
  4. Enter your question above the answer space
  5. Insert your answer options below the question space
  6. Navigate the Question Quick Menu for additional settings and customization

Default Settings

By default, two answer options will be immediately available to you when the Order Ranking question type is inserted. To insert more answer options, click ‘Add Option’.

Answer randomization will automatically be turned off, but you can change this in the Question Quick Menu.


  • Keep your answer options to a minimal amount, as ranking too many options can become mentally taxing to respondents.
  • Make sure each of your answer options are distinct to any other, as respondents should be able to differentiate between the meaning of each, to rank them efficiently.
  • Try to provide a complete and inclusive variety of answer options for each question, so every respondent feels an option applies to them more than any other.
  • Define whether your ranking should be done in ascending or descending order in the question box.
  • If you’re using more than one Order Ranking in your project, be consistent in whether your ranking in ascending or descending order. Without this consistency, participants are more likely to misunderstand or make a mistake in their response.
  • Try not to include too many Order Ranking questions, as they can take a long time to consider and respond to.

Question Quick Menu

The Question Quick Menu gives you access to the options below:

  • Undo: Reverse your previous action or measure.
  • Redo: Once ‘Undo’ is clicked, the option transforms into the ‘Redo’ button. This will restore your previous action or measure.
  • Delete: Permanently removes the question from the project.
  • Shrink/ Expand: This will change the size of your selected item. It will be referred to as ‘Resize’ in the results section of any project.
  • Move to Page: Select another page to move the question to.
  • Copy: Duplicate your question inside of the project.
  • Required: By checking this box, respondents cannot finish the survey without completing the question.
  • Settings: Opens additional, question specific, features and settings.

Question Settings Menu

  • Number this question: This button toggles the numbering for the concerned question.
  • Randomize answer order: This allows you to randomize your list of possible answers for respondents.

How respondents interact with Order Rankings?

Respondents will be able to drag and drop the answer options to any place above or below the others. Where these options are placed relies upon the rules you’ve defined in the question box, i.e. whether the options should be ordered in an ascending or descending fashion.

They will also have the option of skipping this question type, by clicking ‘Skip Question?’.

Once participants are happy with their rankings, they can click ‘Finished Sorting?’ below the answer options to finalize their choices. However, clicking this will not disable them from changing the order further.

How to analyze the Quick Report?

Your results will need to be analyzed in comparison to the rules you set for ascending or descending ranking in your question, i.e. if you asked your respondents to order answers from best (lowest number) to worst (highest number), then your highest ranked answer will have the lowest weighted average.

For more detailed instructions on analyzing your report, you can visit either of these articles: