Below you will find a live example of an online questionnaire with different online question formats. The example shows the total length of time taken to complete the questionnaire and the time required for each question.

Complete the form and consider the relative merits of the different question formats. Then consider how far the timings are affected by the type of question as well as the question contents.

Example questionnaire: The internet

[i] Press 'start' to begin timing. If you would like to start again, press 'Reset'.

When you have completed each question, press the 'stop' button to show the time taken.

When you have finished all the questions, press the 'finish' button at the bottom of the questionnaire to show the overall timing.

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1. Please answer the following question by selecting the 'Yes' or 'No' button:

Do you have home internet access?

Yes
No

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2. How long have you had access to the internet?

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3. How often do you use the internet?

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4. How would you rate your skill as an internet user?





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5. Which of the following do you regularly use the internet for?
(You can select as many options as you like. If you would like to remove a selection you have made, click on it again to deselect it).

E mail
Finding information about things to buy
Making purchases
Entertainment
Finding general information
Educational courses
Downloading music
Discussion boards
Real-time chat

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6. Choose the option that most closely matches your opinion on the following statement:

The advantages of the internet outweigh the disadvantages.


Agree


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7. Choose the option that most closely matches your opinion on the following statement:

The internet is useful for buying products at a good price.

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8. Choose the option that most closely matches your opinion on the following statement:

The internet is a bad influence on children

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9. Complete the following statement by choosing the number that most closely matches your opinion for each row:

The internet is:

  1 2 3 4 5  
boring interesting
difficult easy
risky safe
useless useful

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10. From the following list of potential disadvantages of the internet, choose the THREE which you consider to be the most serious.
Then rank them by writing the numbers 1, 2 and 3 in the boxes. 1 = Most serious, 3 = least serious.

It is expensive
It is too slow
It provides information that is mainly of poor quality
It offers too much information
It wastes too much time
It can expose the user's computer to virus attacks or hacking
There are too many adverts and/or to much junk email
There are often problems with broken links

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11. Choose THREE adjectives that you think best describe successful websites? If you would like to change a selection you have made, click on it again to deselect it.

Easy to use
Attractive
Functional
Fast
Well-known
Colourful
Dynamic
Interactive
Simple
Varied
Up-to-date

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12. What, in your opinion, are the three main advantages of the internet?

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