How do I create a survey question?

A survey question can have a simple yes or no response, or require participants to select a response from a range of options, such as strongly disagree to strongly agree or a scale of 1-5.

Note: Survey questions cannot be graded; they will always be worth 0 points in a graded assessment.

The steps in this article assume that you have already gone to the Tests & Quizzes tool and selected an assessment, but if you need more help completing these steps, open the links below.

Go to Tests & Quizzes.

Select the Tests & Quizzes tool from the Tool Menu of your site.

Select an assessment.

Questions may be added to a new or existing assessment, or added directly to a question pool as described in How do I add a question to a question pool?

Create a new assessment.

Create from Scratch with assessment builder selected

For steps to create a new assessment, see How do I create an assessment?

Or edit an existing assessment.

Select Edit from the Action drop-down menu for the assessment.


  • Assessment editing must take place in the Working Copies tab or in the Published Copies tab before anyone accesses the assessment to take it.
  • Changes made to assessments in Working Copies do not affect assessments in Published Copies, and vice versa.

Select Survey from the Add Question menu.

Use the Add Question drop-down menu to select a question type, and choose Survey.

Display point value while students are taking the exam.

To Display Point Value while student is taking the exam, leave the default value of Yes.  To hide the point value, select No.


  • Survey questions cannot be graded and will always be worth 0 points.
  • To hide the point values for ALL questions in your assessment, it is recommended to select this option in the assessment Settings rather than for individual questions.

Enter the question text.

Enter the Question Text into the Rich-Text Editor.

Add attachment(s). (Optional)

To provide additional resources related to the question or to include question text in an attached document, select Add Attachments to browse for and upload a file.

Select the type of answer.

Under Answer, choose the answer type.  Options include Yes or No, ranges from Strongly Disagree to Strongly Agree, and number scales such as 1-5.

Assign to a part. (Optional)

If the assessment has more than one part, you may use the Assign to Part drop-down menu to choose the Part where the question will be added.

Assign to a question pool. (Optional)

To add the question to a question pool, Select a pool name from the Assign to Question Pool drop-down menu.

Adding a question to a pool places a copy of the question in the pool and leaves a copy of the question in the current assessment.  For more information on question pools, see What is a question pool?

Provide feedback. (Optional)

You may add Feedback which you can make available to survey participants.

Note: If you include feedback here, you will also need to make it available in the Feedback Settings, and participants will need to be able to access the assessment's feedback within your UVACollab site (i.e., feedback will not be available for an anonymous survey).

Select Save.