5 things google forms

NOTE: This blog post has been updated for the new Google Forms. Please visit the new post here: 5 Things You Did Not Know About Google Forms

one Skip Pages

Google Forms allows you to create pages so that all of the questions are not all on one screen. In some circumstances the questions do not apply for every student. If students answer no they are not participating in a sport the section of questions about which sports the student participates in can be skipped. If you are using a Google Form as a formative assessment quiz you can direct students to a page with instruction on the topic if they get the question wrong or go to the next question if they get the question correct.

Google Forms add page break

Start by creating all of your pages. Use the “Add item” drop down menu to add multiple page breaks. Rename the pages to something meaningful. In the case of a formative assessment quiz create a page after each question to go over the question if the student gets the question wrong and then create a page for the next question.

Multiple pages Google Forms

For Multiple Choice questions there is an option to “Go to page based on answer.” After creating your pages go back to the multiple choice questions to determine which page each answer to take the student to. Note that you should not have more than one “Go to page based on answer” (branching question) per page.

Google Forms Page Based on Answer

one (1) Custom Confirmation

When students finish filling out a Google Form the default message is “Your response has been recorded.” You can edit this confirmation response to give students more specific directions on what to do next. At the bottom of the Google Form edit screen is a box for “Confirmation Page.” Delete the default text of “Your response has been recorded” and replace it with a message that reflects what students should be doing. URL’s (start with http://) in the custom confirmation will be a live hyperlink for students. Suggestion to use short URL’s such as http://goo.gl in the confirmation screen.

google forms confirmation page

one (2) Pre-Filled Forms

If some of the fields of your Google Form are highly likely to have a specific answer or if you reuse your Form it can be handy to pre-select some of the answers in Form. For example you can pre-fill the date. If you are using Google Forms to evaluate speakers for a presentation you can have the speakers name pre-filled in.

The option to “Get pre-filled URL” is located under the “Responses” menu.

get pre-filled URL

Choosing this option takes you to a screen that appears to be the live screen. ONLY fill out the parts of the Form that you want to default for the user. At the bottom hit submit to obtain a special URL that you will distribute to the students. This URL will display the default values in the Form. CLICK HERE to see a sample Form where the students information and the assignments information is pre-filled in.

one (3) Shuffle Multiple Choice Answers

When creating a multiple choice question you may want to shuffle the “A” “B” “C” response answers. The “Advanced settings” option above the blue “Done” button allows you to choose “Shuffle option order.” Each respondent will see the answer choices in a different order.

Advanced Settings

one (4) Reset Summary of Responses

After testing our your Google Form you will want to delete the sample responses. Go to the “Responses” menu in the edit screen of the Google Form and choose “Delete all responses.”


This only deletes the responses from the Google Form. It does NOT delete the responses from the spreadsheet. This allows you to give a quiz to your first period class and use the “Summary of responses” chart to view charts on how your students answered. After first period “Delete all responses” from the Form and administer the same quiz to second period.

Summary of Responses

Deleting responses resets the summary of responses to allow you to see just how your second period class performed. Suggestion to use the Full Page Screen Capture Chrome extension to create an image of the summary of responses before you reset the summary of responses. Since the responses are NOT deleted from the spreadsheet you will still have a complete record of how all of your students performed on the quiz but have item analysis per period.


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