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How do I create a survey - matrix of choices question?

A survey - matrix of choices question provides participants with a table where they must select options for each row from corresponding columns.

Note: To award students points for this type of question, it must be manually graded.

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 - Matrix of Choices from the Add Question menu.

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

Set the point value for the question.

Enter an Answer Point Value into the text box.

Tip: An assessment's total point value is the sum of all its questions' point values (e.g., an assessment with 10 questions worth 10 points each will be worth 100 total points).

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.

Note: 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.

Enter Answer options.

Under Answer, enter the desired Row Choices and Column Choices in the corresponding fields, pressing the Return or Enter key on your keyboard in between each choice so each is on a separate line.

Restrict responses. (Optional)

Select Allow Only One Response per Column (forced ranking) to prevent the same column choice from being selected for more than one row.

Allow comments. (Optional)

Select Add Comment Field to provide a text box where participants can enter comments to explain their selected choices.

Choose the width for columns and rows in the table of choices.

The drop-down menu for Relative Widths of Columns is available to regulate column and row width. The widths are in percentages.  The default is Use browser defaults for column widths.

Tip: If there are many column choices or the text of each column choice is long, the question's table will display better with smaller relative widths of row choices, for example 20% row choices column/80% column choices column.  However, if there are very few column choices and the text of the row choices is long, an option like 80% row choices column/20% column choices column is more appropriate.

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.