Response Type Examples

InstantSurvey includes a full complement of response types that can be used as building blocks for your survey forms. These can be further customized to meet your needs.

Click here for an example survey containing all of InstantSurvey's standard response types.

Response Types

Single Line Text Field



Presents respondents with a single text line into which they can type up to 250 characters into. Used for simple fields, such as name, date, and so forth.


Multiple Line Text Field


Presents respondents with a multiple text line into which they can type extended information (usually used for a "comments" field).


Radio Button(s) Vertical


Presents respondents with multiple answers, from which they can select only one answer. All responses are aligned vertically with labels you create. 


Radio Button(s) Horizontal, End-Point Labels


Presents respondents with multiple answers, from which they can select only one answer from a list of responses aligned horizontally with a label at each end. This type of response is used when the responses are on a scale, such as Extremely Supportive on one end and Extremely Unsupportive at the opposite end. The response points in between are not labeled.


Radio Button(s) - Horizontal, All-Point Labels


Presents respondents with multiple answers, from which they can select only one answer from a list of responses aligned horizontally with a label created above each radio button. 


Matrix Table


Matrix table responses present respondents with multiple response options with multiple answers in row and column form. Responses for each row can either be option buttons, where one answer can be selected, or check boxes, where multiple answers can be selected or even open text responses where respondents can provide their own answers.

Column headings run horizontally across the top of the table and are usually the scale used to rate the item in each row.


Check box(es)


Presents respondents with multiple response options, from which they can select multiple answers.


Drop Down Select List


Presents respondents with multiple answers in a drop down list, from which they can select only one answer.


Constant Sum


Respondents enter values for each choice that must add up to a value that you specify when you create the survey. If the response is marked as required, respondents will not be allowed to advance to the next page until the Remaining Value field reads zero.


Rank Order Scale


Respondents assign numeric rankings to the response choices. Users are prohibited from assigning the same ranking more than once. If the response options are marked as required, respondents also will be prohibited from leaving choices unranked.