Online Form Review: Google Form

Today we are going to review Google Forms. To use it you need a Google account which you already have if you already signed to any other of Google’s product.

Possibility to download the answers

You can download the responses as a .csv or create a Google Spreadsheet with the responses that you can download later in many formats.

Email notification

You can receive email after people complete the form. If you want to email responders you need to use Google Script or a third-party app.

Answer type

  • short text

    short text widget

    Extra feature is “Response Validation”.

  • paragraph

    paragraph widget

    Extra feature is “Response Validation”.

  • multiple choice

    multiple choice widget

    You can include “Other” as one choice

    multiple choice widget

    Extra features are: “Go to section based on answer” and “Shuffle option order”.

  • checkboxes

    checkboxes widget

    You can include “Other” as one choice

    checkboxes widget

    Extra features are: “Response Validation” and “Shuffle option order”.

  • dropdown

    dropdown widget

    Extra features are: “Go to section based on answer” and “Shuffle option order”.

  • linear scale

    linear scale widget

  • date

    date widget

    Extra features are: “Include time” and “Include year”.

  • time

    time widget

  • multiple choice grid

    multiple choice grid
 widget

    Extra features are: “Limit to one response per column” and “Shuffle row order”.

  • file upload

    You can’t upload files.

Mark question as required

Possible.

Split the form into sections

Possible.

Customisation on the fly

Possible for some question types.

Response validation

Possible for some question types.

Word Completion

Not possible.

Evaluation table

Criteria Points Maximum of Points
Possibility to download the answers 1 1
Email notification 1 1
Full range of answer type 2 2
Mark question as required 1 1
Split the form into sections 1 1
Customisation on the fly 1 1
Response validation 1 1
Word Completion 0 2
Total 8 10