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Rank Order


The Rank Order question type provides respondents the unique opportunity to rank a set of items against each other.



Four different variations are available for the Rank Order question type. You can access these variations under the Type list, in the question Editing Pane.

Drag and Drop

With the Drag and Drop type, respondents drag items into their preferred order. This variation is appropriate for shorter lists where you want respondents to rank each item.


Radio Buttons

With the Radio Button type, respondents choose a rank for each item from a list of possible rankings.


Text Box

With the Text Box type, respondents type in their preferred ranking for the provided options. Respondents can be forced to rank all options, some options, or only a select range of options by setting a Validation Type.


Select Box

The Select Box type is an alternative to Drag and Drop ranking. Respondents select items and then rank them by clicking the arrows to move each item up and down.



To give you more control over how your respondents can rank items, some Rank Order variations include extra validation options.


Must Rank All and Must Rank Between are two default options available. With the first option, respondents must rank all items to proceed in the survey, or they can leave the question alone. With the second option, respondents must rank a defined number of items (you’ll set the accepted range), or they can leave the question alone.

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 seven visualization types available for Rank Order questions: Simple Table, Bar Chart, Line Chart, Pie Chart, Breakdown Bar, Statistics Table, and Gauge Chart. For more information on these visualizations please visit the linked visualization support pages.

Downloaded Data Format

The downloaded data set for a Rank Order question will include a column for each item being ranked. In each column, you will see the ranking each participant awarded that particular item.

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