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10+ Types of Multiple Choice Questions With Examples in 2024


Jane Ng 09 April, 2024 8 min read

Multiple Choice Questions are widely used and loved for their usefulness, convenience, and ease of understanding.

So, let's learn in today's article about 19 types of multiple-choice questions with examples and how to create the most effective ones.

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Best Context to UseMultiple Choice Questions?Education
What MCQs stand for?Multiple Choice Questions
What is ideal number of questions in a multiple choice test?3-5 questions
Overview ofMultiple Choice Questions

What Are Multiple Choice Questions?

Multiple Choice Questions
Multiple Choice Questions

In its simplest form, a multiple-choice question is a question that is presented with a list of potential answers. Therefore, the respondent will have the right to answer one or more options (if allowed).

Because of the quick, intuitive as well as easy-to-analyze information/data of multiple-choice questions, they are used a lot in feedback surveys about business services, customer experience, event experience, knowledge checks, etc.

For example, what do you think about the restaurant's special dish today?

  • A. Very delicious
  • B. Not bad
  • C. Also normal
  • D. Not to my taste

Multiple-choice questions are closed questions because the respondents' choices should be limited to make it easier for respondents to choose and motivate them to want to respond more.

Besides, multiple-choice questions are often used in surveys, multiple choice poll questions, and quizzes.

Parts of Multiple Choice Questions

The structure of multiple choice questions will include 3 parts

  • Stem: This section contains the question or statement (should be written, to the point, as short and easy to understand as possible).
  • Answer: The correct answer to the question above. However, as mentioned above, if the respondent is given multiple choice, there may be more than one answer.
  • Distractors: Distractors are created to distract and confuse the respondent. They will include incorrect or approximate answers to fool respondents into making the wrong choice.

10 Types of Multiple-Choice Questions

1/ Single select multiple choice questions

This is one of the most used multiple-choice questions. With this type of question, you will have a list of many answers, but you will only be able to choose one.

For example, a single select multiple-choice question would look like this:

What is your frequency of medical check-ups?

  • Every 3 months
  • Every 6 months
  • Once a year

2/ Multi-select multiple choice questions

Unlike the above question type, Multi-select multiple choice questions allow respondents to choose from two to three answers. Even an answer like "Select All" is an option if the respondent sees all the options as correct for them.

For example: Which of the following foods do you like to eat?

  • Pasta
  • Burger
  • Sushi
  • Pho
  • Pizza
  • Select All

What social networks are you using?

  • Tiktok
  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Linkedin
  • Select all

3/ Fill in the blank multiple choice questions

With this type of Fill In The Blank, respondents will fill in the answer they think is correct in the given propositional sentence. This is a very interesting question type and is often used in knowledge tests.

Here is an example, "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was first published by Bloomsbury in the UK in _____"

  • 1995
  • 1996
  • 1997
  • 1998

4/ Star rating multiple choice questions

These are the common multiple choice questions you'll see on tech sites, or simply the app store. This form is extremely simple and easy to understand, you rate the service/product on a scale of 1 - 5 stars. The more stars, the more satisfied the service/product is. 

Image: Partners In Care

5/ Thumbs Up/Down multiple choice questions

This is also a multiple choice question that makes it easier than ever for respondents to choose between their likes and dislikes.

Image: Netflix

Some question ideas for respondents to respond to the Thumbs Up/Down multiple choice question are as follows:

  • Would you recommend our restaurant to family or friends?
  • Do you want to continue using our premium plan?
  • Did you find this article helpful to you?

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6/ Text slider multiple choice questions

Sliding scale questions are a type of rating question that allows respondents to indicate their opinion by dragging a slider. These rating questions provide a clear view of how others feel about your business, service, or product.

Image: freepik

Some text slider multiple choice questions will be like this:

  • How satisfied are you with your massage experience today?
  • Do you feel that our service has helped you feel less stressed?
  • Are you likely to use our massage services again?

7/ Numeric slider multiple choice questions

Similar to the sliding scale test above, the Numeric slider multiple choice question is different only in that it replaces text with numbers. The scale for rating can be from 1 to 10 or from 1 to 100, depending on the person who made the survey.

Below are examples of multiple-choice numerical slider questions with answers.

  • How many work-from-home days do you want in a week (1 - 7)
  • How many holidays do you want a year? (5 - 20)
  • Rate your satisfaction with our new product (0 - 10)

8/ Matrix table multiple choice questions

Image: surveymonkey

Matrix questions are closed-ended questions that allow respondents to rate multiple line items on a table at the same time. This type of question is extremely intuitive and helps the person asking the question easily get information from the respondent.

However, Matrix table multiple choice question has the disadvantage that if a reasonable and understandable set of questions is not built, the respondents will feel that these questions are confusing and unnecessary.

9/ Smiley rating multiple choice questions

Also, a type of question to evaluate, but Smiley rating multiple choice questions will certainly have a great influence and make users respond right away with their emotions at that time.

This type of question usually uses face emojis from sad to happy, so that users represent their experience with your service/product. 

Image: freepik

10/ Image/picture-based multiple choice question

This is the visual version of the multiple choice question. Instead of using text, image-choice questions allow visualization of answer options. This type of survey question offers benefits such as making your surveys or forms look less boring and overall much more engaging.

This version also has two options:

  • Single-image choice question: Respondents must choose a single image from the choices given to answer the question.
  • Multiple image picture question: Respondents can choose more than one picture from the choices given to answer the question.
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Advantages of Using Multiple Choice Questions

It is not by chance that multiple choice questions never go out of style. Here is a summary of some of its benefits:

Extremely convenient and fast.

With the development of the technology wave, now it only takes 5 seconds for customers to respond to a service/product with multiple choice questions via phone, laptop, or tablet. This will help any crisis or service issue be resolved extremely quickly.

Simple and accessible

Just having to choose rather than directly write/enter your opinion has made it much easier for people to respond. And in fact, the response rate to multiple choice questions is always much higher than the questions that respondents have to write/enter in their survey.

Narrow the scope

When you choose multiple-choice questions to survey, you will be able to limit subjective feedback, lack of focus, and lack of contribution to your product/service.

Make data analysis simpler

With a large amount of feedback obtained, you can easily automate your data analysis process with multiple choice questions. For example, in the case of a survey of up to 100,000 customers, the number of customers with the same answer will easily be automatically filtered by the machine, from which you will know the ratio of customer groups to your products/services. 

How To Create a Best Multiple Choice Questions Poll 

Polls and Multiple Choice Questions are a simple way to learn about the audience, gather their thoughts, and express them in a meaningful visualization. Once you set up a multiple-choice poll on AhaSlides, participants can vote through their devices and the results are updated in real-time.

Video Tutorial

The video tutorial below will show you how a multiple choice poll works:

In this tutorial, you will learn how to locate and choose the slide type and add a question with options and view it live. You’ll also see the audience’s perspective and how they interact with your presentation. Finally, you’ll see how the presentation updates live as your audience enters results into your slide with their mobile phones.

It’s as easy as that!

At AhaSlides, we have many ways to spruce up your presentation and get your audience involved and interacting. From Q&A slides to Word Clouds and of course, the ability to poll your audience. There are plenty of possibilities awaiting you.

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Further Reads

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the Multiple Choice Quiz useful?

This is the great way to improve knowledge and learning, enhance engagement and entertainment, to develop skills, best for memory enhancement. The game is also fun, competitive and quite challenging, ompetition and helps to enhance social Interaction, and also good for self-assessment and feedback

Advantages of multiple choice questions?

The MCQs are efficient, objective, can cover up to lots of contents, reduce guessing, with statistical analysis, and most importantly, the presenters can receive feedbacks straightaways!

Disadvantages of multiple choice questions?

Contain false positives problem (as the attendees might not understand questions, but are still correct by guessing), lack of creativity and expression, carry teacher Bias and has a limited space to provide full context!