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Survey Questions. How To Write A Good Survey Question For Your GCSE Maths Exam

Updated on August 22, 2012


Designing a good survey question is essential so that you can obtain representative results and which will allow you to draw good graphs and charts. The two main things to remember are:

Key Point 1: Include the time interval in the question that you are asking – make sure include per day, per week per month or per year in the question. For example, if you want to find out how many times people go to the gym write the question as, How many times do you go to the gym per week?

Key Point 2: Include around 5 response boxes that cover all options and if you group them make sure the groups do not overlap. In an exam situation it is much safer not to group the data as you don’t want the groups to overlap.

Let’s take a look at a couple of examples on designing a survey question.

Example 1

Susan wants to find out how many times people go ice-skating. Design a suitable survey question that she can use (include response boxes).

A suitable question could be:

How many times do you go ice-skating per year?

All you need to do now is add the response boxes:

__ 0

__ 1

__ 2

__ 3

__ 4 or more

Notice that it was much easier not use grouping. Also all possible answers have been taken into consideration.

So the final question with response boxes will look like this:

How many times do you go ice-skating per year?

__ 0

__ 1

__ 2

__ 3

__ 4 or more

Example 2

Simon want to find out how much money people spend buying pizzas. Design a good survey question that Simon could use. Make sure that you include all response boxes.

A suitable question could be:

How much money do you spend in a typical week on pizzas?

All you need to do now is add the response boxes. This time let’s group the data as there could be a wide range of answers:

__ £0 to £4.99

__ £5 to £9.99

__ £10 to £14.99

__ £15 to £19.99

__ £20 or more

Again, all possible answers have been taken into consideration.

So the final question with response boxes will look like this:

How much money do you spend in a typical week on pizzas?

__ £0 to £4.99

__ £5 to £9.99

__ £10 to £14.99

__ £15 to £19.99

__ £20 or more

So the key points to remember are to include the time period and make sure the response boxes include all possible answers and do not overlap. Another couple of points to mention are don’t make a leading question (a question which tries to make you say yes instead of no) or make the question insulting (such as asking a persons age).

If you follow this advice then you will not go wrong.

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    Joan Whetzel 

    6 years ago

    Excellent as usual. Explained well and easy to understand.

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