Snap Survey Software How-to: Use the Totalize Function to Add Responses

Learn how to use the Totalize function to add up responses as they arrive using Snap Survey Software.

When using Snap Survey Software to create surveys,  often times there is a set of questions where you may wish to calculate the total of answers. For example, you may ask survey respondents:

  • how many hours a week they spend doing certain things
  • how much money they spent on different activities during a visit
  • to share a fixed amount or percentage between a set of options

The amount allocated to each option gives the relative importance of each option. This gives good numeric data for data analysis, but it is quite difficult for respondents to comprehend if they cannot see their answers being totalized.

We have developed a worksheet describing the easy steps you can use to implement the Totalize function in your next survey using the Snap Toolkit. The Totalize function calculates a running total as the respondent completes their answers. You can also create a valid range using the Totalize function, so that respondents cannot move to the next page if the total is over or under a certain specified valid range limit (for example, setting a valid range of 0 to 100). If you have set a limit on the total, the answers are checked against the valid range when the respondent attempts to answer the following question. If the answer is outside the range, a message is displayed. You can customize the default message text.

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