Randomising question and answer order in Google Forms

Google Forms gives you the option to randomise questions and answers. This is very useful if you are concerned that the order in which questions or answers are presented in might skew the results or create bias. It’s also useful in classroom situations if you have students who may take a peek at other students’ screens and choose the same answer! In this post, we’ll show you how to use these features and share a couple of tips.

Randomising questions
If you enable this setting, the questions in your form will be presented in a random order. Before you go ahead and turn it on, there are a couple of things you need to be aware of. First, if your form begins with questions like ‘Name’ or ‘Class’, these could end up being moved to anywhere in the form! Second, if you’ve ordered questions by theme or topic, this too will be disrupted.

However, before you get discouraged, there is an easy solution to both of these issues, which is to use sections in your form. If you arrange your form in sections, questions are only randomised within the same section. So, you could have one section that only contains ‘Name’ and ‘Class’, and then other sections for each topic or theme.

Here’s how to create a form with sections and randomise the questions:

1. Create your form.
2. Click the Add section button to add all the required sections to the form.

3. Add your questions to the relevant sections in the form.
4. Click the Settings (cog) button at the top of the form.
5. Click the Presentation tab, then tick Shuffle question order.

The key to randomising Google Forms questions is to use sections to keep some questions in the right place! Click To Tweet

6. Click Save.

Randomising answers
The random answer option works with multiple choice, checkbox, multiple-choice grid and tick box grid style questions. It is a per-question setting, so you need to enable it for each question you want to randomise.

Here’s how to turn it on:
1. Create your form and add your questions.
2. Click the three dots in the bottom right corner of the question you want to randomise answers for.
3. Tick Shuffle option order.

Want to avoid bias and skewed results in your Google Forms? Here’s how to randomise questions & answers. Click To Tweet

Want to use these options with a self-grading quiz? Check out the video below to learn how to create quizzes in Google Forms. We’ve also got heaps more tips and support on our professional learning community.

OLD Top tips for working from home by a remote working team

Here at Using Technology Better (UTB), working from home is a core part of our organisation and our day-to-day lives. As COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continues to spread across the world, working from home is becoming a new reality for many. Given our extensive experience in this way of working, the UTB team has joined forces to share our top tips for working from home.

Outclassed Podcast

Fake News and Getting Google Search to Work For You Ep 27

Get Notified Of Future Episodes: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcast | Stitcher | TuneIn + Alex | Podcast Addict | Podchaser | Deezer | Listen Notes In this Episode: To see all the OutClassed episodes go to utb.fyi/outclassed Podcast Episode Highlights: Coming Resources and links mentioned: Transcript: Mike


Here’s What
Our Clients Say

PR Industrya


In 2018, Using Technology Better designed and delivered a two phase post-migration training program for this New Zealand based graphic design firm. The initial goal of the training program was to reduce frustration with G Suite, with the long term aim of facilitating a change in culture and collaboration that can lead to transformative practices

Download your skills checklist to see how you score...


Sign Up Now
To Get The Latest Updates


Holiday Rescue Maker Camp

Student to agree to and tick:
Guardian to agree to and tick: