Set Up Logic Based on Number of Checked Options

Looking to set up logic based on the number of options selected in a checkbox question? For example, respondents who select 4 or more options are jumped to a given page. And respondents who select less than 4 options are jumped to another page. Using the answer count merge code you can set this up!

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Step 1: Set Up Checked Count

We will start by creating a checkbox question. In this example, we have listed all the many reasons you might love SurveyGizmo.

Source Question: Checkbox

On a subsequent page*, we will click Action and select Hidden Value.

Paste the following merge code in the Populate with the following field:

[question("answer count"), id="2"]

Make sure to change the id to the question id for the above-created checkbox question.

*The Hidden Value Action containing the answer count merge code must be on a page that follows the source checkbox question. The checkbox question must be submitted by your respondents in order for SurveyGizmo to evaluate how many answers were selected, and for the answer count merge code to be populated accordingly.

Note: The answer count merge code will count other, write-in fields with a write-in response as 2 answers.

Hidden Value with Answer Count Merge Code

With the answer count for our checkbox question stored, we can now set up logic based on this value.

Step 2: Set Up Desired Logic

In the example we described above we will need to set up Skip/Disqualify Logic, which we will cover just below. You can also set up Question Logic or Page Logic based off of this checked count.

Set Up Skip/Disqualify Logic Based on Checked Count

To set up our example skip logic we will click the Skip/Disqualify Logic option between pages.

Add Skip/Disqualify Logic

In the Logic Builder, we will select our Hidden Value (the one that stores the answer count merge code) in the first dropdown and then complete the logic rule. Finally, we will specify what we wish to have happen if the Logic passes.

Create Skip Logic Rule

In our example, we set up the below skip logic rules.

  • One skip logic rule to send respondents to an alternate Terminal Page if they select less than 4 answers in the checkbox question.
  • One skip logic rule to send respondents to the original Thank You Page if they select 4 or more answers in the checkbox question.

Completed Skip Logic Actions

Set Up Question Logic Based on Checked Count

In the above example, we set up Skip/Disqualify Logic. If you also wish to set up Question Logic, the questions must be on a page that follows the Hidden Value that stores the answer count. Follow the steps to set up Question Logic.

On a page that follows the check count Hidden Value, edit your question and go to the Logic tab. Select the option to Only show this question based on answers to previous questions or other logic conditions. Select your Hidden Value in the first dropdown and then complete the logic rule.

Question Logic Condition

Click Save Question when you are finished with your logic rule. This question will now show only when the checked count meets the conditions you specified.

Now, if your checked count Hidden Value is on a page by itself you will probably want to automatically submit the page so as not to confuse respondents with a blank survey page. To do so, click the pencil icon above the right-hand corner of the page.

Edit Survey Page

Click the Logic tab along the top of the panel and then select Yes for the Automatically submit the page, running all actions and custom scripts option. 

Automatically Submit Page

Once you are finished with this panel, click Save Page. You will now see an icon in the upper left hand corner of the page that lets you know the page is set to auto-submit!

Auto Submit Notification

Set Up Page Logic Based on Checked Count

Setting up Page Logic using the checked count value is quite simple. On any subsequent page click the pencil icon above the right hand corner of the page.

Edit Page to Apply Logic

Click the Logic tab along the top of the panel and then select your Hidden Value (where you store the answer count merge code) in the first dropdown and then complete the logic rule.

Page Logic Condition

Click Save Page when you are finished with your logic rule. This page will now show only when the checked count meets the conditions you specified.

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