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Use Scales questions to let your audience submit numeric answers or rate statements.

Maja Jakobsson avatar
Written by Maja Jakobsson
Updated over a week ago

With the Scales question type, participants can rate statements on a scale. This is good to use if you have questions with numeric answers, want the audience to rate something, or if you want to generate statistics that you can use for analyzing trends and tendencies.

Pro tip: Let the audience rate several statements on the same scale!

Create a Scales question

This is how you create a Scales question in Mentimeter:

  1. Create a new slide

  2. Choose Scales question

  3. Fill in your heading

  4. Enter statements to rate

  5. (Optional) Change the name of the scale’s high and low label

Additional functionality

If you click the “Content” tab on the Scales question, you will see some additional options where you can change dimensions and values.

Change labels and values

Under “Dimensions” you can edit the low and high labels as well as change the values. You can also click “See mid values” to add customized mid values labels.

When moving the slider to any of the high, low or mid value labels on your Scales question, you will see auto-suggestions appear in the voting view. Those enable tooltips for the voters; helping them to interpret different numerical values in a Likert scale.

Change result layout

The default way of displaying the results is as Sliders, but you can also present your results as a Spider Chart (also called Radar Chart). Note that this can only be used for Scales questions with three or more statements! You can make this change under the "Design" tab:

You can also change the layout of the results while presenting by opening the presentation menu (hover over the bottom left of the screen) and clicking on "Show layouts" from the left-side toolbar:

Get a vote on your Scales question

When you get a vote, it will slide from left to right corresponding to the participant's answer. You will also see the distribution of votes as a graph just above the specific lines. With more votes, the number in the circle will show the weighted average of all the votes. You can read more about voting on Scales questions here.

If you want to see the exact distribution of votes, you can move your mouse cursor over the lines. This is not possible with the Spider Chart layout.

If you want to take the rating to the next level, let your audience rate items in two dimensions instead of one! Use our 2 by 2 Grid in order to do that.

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