SurveyGizmo Features to Help You Test Your Survey Before It Launches

From testing your logic to reviewing your grammar, it’s vital to get other people’s input on your survey before you launch it.

Testing is part of great survey design, so SurveyGizmo makes it easy! In fact, we have a whole tab dedicated to testing alone: testing survey tab

There are three sections here, each giving you a different way to test your survey.

Using the first option you can automatically generate test responses. Our robots go to work behind the scenes to give you tons of answers to your survey, which you can then use to generate test reports.

Keep in mind that there are limitations in the test response option. Open text fields will be randomly filled, and any survey logic conditions will not be followed. (They’re just robots, after all)

Still, this is great for a cursory glance at reporting and getting your individual responses screen dialed in to look just right.

Once you generate your test responses you can see them in the individual responses tab under Results:

test responses in a survey

Notice they are tagged as test responses, so you won’t be in danger of confusing them for real ones later on.

You don’t have to worry about deleting test responses because you can easily exclude them from reporting by editing the report settings:

editing survey report settings

Here is the filter tab in our summary reports. Notice under response status you can include or exclude Test responses simply by checking (or not) the option under Response Status. You can also exclude these from exports as well.

If you like, you can delete them as well from the Individual Responses screen.

Now that you know how to exclude responses from reporting and how they look in the individual responses screen, we’ll move on to manually testing your survey.

manually testing a survey

Choosing to manually test your survey brings up the preview test mode. You can simply take your survey now. Your response will show up in the individual responses screen marked as a test response, just like the automatically generated test responses.

survey testing tools

If you look in the upper right, you can do a few other cool things as well:

You can start on a page of your choice, fire any actions (like send email actions), and append any URL variables you might have used that are key to your survey design.

I recommend doing all of these if they’re applicable to your survey so that you can be completely confident that every piece of your survey is working like it should.

Finally, you can also invite others to test your survey:

inviting others to test your survey

This form allows you to send the invite to your colleagues so they can test and comment on your survey.

If they see anything they like or want to edit, they can apply comments within the survey itself:

commenting on a survey

To make a comment, just click on one of the round comment bubbles. This dialogue will appear. As people make comments, they are emailed to you at the address you specified when you sent out the test invites.

From within the application, you can see the comments your colleagues have provided by clicking on “Manually Test your Survey” and entering comments mode as shown below. You can see the comment Alan made. If there were other comments, you would see them there as well.

reviewing comments on a survey

Don’t forget that all the responses coming in from your colleagues testing your survey are also being recording as test data and ready for you to run simulated reports on.

When it is time for your survey to go live, you can simply exclude these test responses from reporting and start analyzing your real data!

Thanks for joining me on this in depth look at how to test your survey before you launch it. We hope that you’re more prepared than ever to confidently distribute surveys and analyze their data.

Join us next time when we investigate reporting values, a.k.a. what kind of data you can expect from your survey questions.