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Tutorial: How to Use Scales Slides on AhaSlides

Tutorial: How to Use Scales Slides on AhaSlides


Lawrence Haywood 10 Feb 2022 5 min read

How do Scales Slides Work?

While other slides ask your audience to choose between statements, scales slides are great for asking your audience to rate their responses on a numbered scale. It’s a great one to use if you’re looking for more nuanced responses that you can’t get from a simple ‘yes or no’ option on a multiple choice slide.

It works like this:

  1. The host poses a broad question, offers specific statements to that question, and asks the audience to rate their opinions on those specific statements on a sliding scale. You can learn how to set up these down here.
Setting up a question, statements and values on an AhaSlides scale slide.
  1. The audience access the slide on their phones and respond to each of the statements via a sliding scale.
Audience response view to a scale slide on AhaSlides.
Audience response view
  1. The resulting data is shown on a graph that reveals what and how many responses each statement receieved. It also shows the average numbered response for each statement. Learn more about understanding the data down here.
Scale slide with full response data on AhaSlides.

The 4 Sections of a Scales Slide

#1 – Your Question

Pretty self explanatory; ‘your question’ is the main question you want to ask to your audience.

This can be a question that invokes an answer on a scale of 1-5, such as the question ‘how satisfied are you with our service?’, with 1 being very dissatisfied and 5 being very satisfied. Alternatively, this can also be a statement, such as the statement ‘My experience of this service was highly satisfactory’, with the scale measuring strong disagreement (1) to strong agreement (5).

Setting up a broad question on a scale slide on AhaSlides.

If you feel like your statement needs clarifying, you can also choose to ‘add a longer description’. The description will be shown underneath the question on audience members’ devices.

#2 – Statements

‘Statements’ are the specific parts of a broad question that you want an answer to.

For example, if you ask the broad question ‘how satisfied are you with our service?’, you might want responses to specific parts of the service that your audience were either satisfied or dissatisfied about. In this case, you can add up to 8 statements for different aspects of service, such as ‘ease of use’, ‘friendliness of staff’, ‘speed of delivery’ etc.

Setting up statements on a scale slide on AhaSlides.

Note: If your broad question is your statement, and you don’t require the statement field at all, you can delete all statement boxes. This centralises the layout and means that your audience will only respond to the one question at the top.

#3 – Scale

The ‘scale’ section deals with the wording and number of your scales’ values.

These values are typically from 1 to 5. In our ‘how satisfied are you with our service?’ example, 1 represents very dissatisfied and 5 represents very satisfied. You can attach specific wording to all values in between the two extremes to help your audience make a more informed and accurate decision on their opinions. The wording for the values will not appear on your desktop display, but they will appear on your audience’s devices (providing that the difference between the lowest value and highest value is not more than 10).

Setting up the values on a scale slide on AhaSlides.

The standard scales slide on AhaSlides comes with 5 values, but you can increase this to any number you want (below 1000) if you want a more refined answer.

The low label and the high label are the lowest and highest values respectively, both of which will appear at either end of the scale on your display.

#4 – Other Settings

The other settings on a scale slide on AhaSlides

There are 5 ‘other settings’ on an AhaSlides scales slide that you can choose to check on or off:

  1. Show the average line for all statements: Displays a vertical line that reveals the average response number across all statements of your broad question.
  2. Must rate all statements: Removes the ‘skip’ option for statements and makes it mandatory to rate every statement.
  3. Hide results: Hides all of the results until host presses the ‘show results’ button.
  4. Stop submission: Locks any new audience responses from coming in.
  5. Limit time to answer: Introduces a time limit for the question, chosen by the host, between 5 seconds and 20 minutes.

Understanding your Response Data

Once you receieve response data, it will look something like this:

Scale slide with full response data on AhaSlides.

The graph shows all responses across all statements. All the data is colour-coded with your statements so that you see exactly how audience members responded to each statement.

You can see the average performance for each statement in the colour-coded circles at the bottom of the graph. Remember to turn on ‘show the average line for all statements’ in ‘other settings’ to see the average performance of all statements combined, which is displayed in a white circle below the other averages.

Averages of the response data per statement on a scale slide.

If you hover your mouse over each circle, you can see how many responses each value got. For example, I hover my mouse over a point like in the image below, I can see that for value #3 (‘neither dissatisfied nor satisfied’), there was 1 response for the customer service statement and 1 response for the ease of use statement.

How to find out specific votes from different statements and values.

You can also hover your mouse over the statements on the right, or the circle averages at the bottom, to get an isolated view of how each statement fared in the response data.

GIF explaining how to isolate the views of different statement responses on AhaSlides.

Exporting your Response Data

If you want to take your scales data offline, there are two ways to export it from AhaSlides. Both can be accessed by clicking the ‘Result’ tab in the editor.

  1. Export to Excel – Pressing the ‘request Excel file’ button will provide you with a download link, which when clicked, will open up an Excel sheet with your basic slide data. This includes the heading, subheading, date of creation, number of respondents and so on.
  2. Export to PDF / JPG – Pressing the ‘request screenshots’ button will provide you with two download links – one for a PDF image of your slides and one for zip file containing JPEG images.

Still Confused about Scales Slides?

Don’t sweat it. Simply click the live chat button in the bottom right of your editor to speak to a member of our team. We’re always happy to help out!

Using the live chat function on AhaSlides.

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