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Pick Group and Rank


Pick, Group, and Rank questions allow respondents to drag and drop items into groups. Within each group, respondents can rank items by dragging and dropping them into place (as they would with a Rank Order question).


Qtip: For sorting activities, the ranking portion of this question can simply be ignored. Have respondents drag items into the groups without instructing them to rank the items, and then disregard the ranking data in your reports.


There is only one variation for the Pick, Group, and Rank question type, called Drag and Drop. Within that format are two customization options: Columns and Options for stacking.


Column Options

By default, groups are displayed vertically one beneath another. Use the Columns option to include two groups per row.


Stacking Options

By default, items are displayed one beneath another. For certain sorting activities, stacking these items into piles may be more appropriate. Stack Items and Stack Items in Groups will conserve space by stacking the choices rather than displaying them next to each other. Note that ranking is not possible when Stack Items in Groups is selected.

In this example, items in both the items list and within each group are stacked.


On the question Editing Pane, you can use the validation options of Must Select and Each Group Contains. These options can be used when you need to maintain control over how respondents answer the question. When you choose Must Select, you’ll define a range of how many items respondents must group in total. If you choose Each Group Contains, you’ll need to define how many items respondents must assign to each group.


Data Analysis

Once your responses have been collected, Qualtrics offers various methods to create reports both in and out of the platform. From the Reports module, you can view aggregate data with pre-made reports as well as create your own. From the Data & Analysis module, you can view and manipulate your survey responses on an individual basis.


There are five visualization types available for Pick Group and Rank questions: Simple Table, Bar Chart, Line Chart, Pie Chart, and Breakdown Bar. For more information on these visualizations please visit the linked visualization support pages.

Downloaded Data Format

The downloaded data set will include two columns for each item participants were asked to group.

The first column will indicate which group the participant placed the item in (labeled numerically, with “0” being the first group, “1” being the second, and so forth).

The second column will indicate what rank this item received within the group it was placed in.