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7 Google Forms Hacks Teachers Need to Know

7 Google Forms Hacks Teachers Need to Know

By Shawn Beard

An often-overlooked tool by new Google users is Google Forms. This powerhouse of a tool holds many secrets that can save time, raise productivity and increase student engagement. Look at these hacks for Google Forms. After you do, you will definitely add Forms to your teaching tool belt.

Google Forms Preferences

Google forms preferences

Tired of changing settings on every new question you add to your Form? Set preferences so that you get the same effect every time:

  • Go to the More menu
  • Choose Preferences
  • Change your settings to the way you want them
  • Click Save

Now, every time you open a new Google Form, your preferences will be in place.


Add Ons

google forms add-ons

They have not been around very long, so you may have missed them, even if you’re a veteran Forms user. Like Docs, Sheets, and Slides, you can get Add-Ons for Google Forms. Don’t know what they are? Add-Ons are tools that enhance your user experience with Google to get the most of the tool you are using. Add features like Form Limiter or Form Publisher. There are many to choose from:

  • Go to the More menu
  • Choose Add-Ons

Once added, your Add-Ons can be accessed using the google forms icon icon.


Quiz Tools

google forms quiz

In addition to surveys and questionnaires, teachers can create assessments with Google Forms:

  • Click the google forms settings settings icon
  • Choose Quizzes.

Flip the switch and choose your quiz options. Once turned on, you will notice that each question has an Answer Key option, as you see above.

  • Click this menu
  • Choose the correct answer for your question


Shuffle Question Order 

google forms shuffle menu

Hoping to curb cheating among students? When creating Google Forms quizzes, teachers have the option of shuffling question order. This feature works best when collecting the email addresses of users—doing so takes away the necessity of creating a question for the “Name” of the student completing the assessment. To Shuffle Question Order:

  • Click on the google forms settings settings icon
  • Choose Presentation
  • Check the box for Shuffle Question Order

You will not notice it in the editor, but when each student opens the quiz, the question order will be different for each user—yet Forms still remembers each question, response, and how to track points! It can’t get any better than that!


Shuffle Option Order 

google forms shuffle order_2

Want to reduce cheating even further? Within Multiple Choice and Dropdown questions, users have the option of shuffling option order. Once set, every time a user opens a Forms Quiz, the answer options will appear in a different order from one user to another. To enable this feature:

  • Click on themore menu for a particular question
  • Choose Shuffle Option Order


Prevent Multiple Attempts

google forms mult attempts

If using Google Forms as a Take-Home Quiz, you will want to prevent students from attempting the assessment more than once. You can easily limit your students to one attempt:

  • Click the google forms settings settings icon
  • Choose General
  • Place a check in the Limit to 1 Response box

This will require users to login with a Google account. You will also want to choose Collect Email Address, so you know which user attempts the quiz.


Create a “Choose Your Own Adventure” Quiz

google forms choose your own adventure_google

Do you have a survey that has a need for Logic Flow? Not sure what that is? If you remember Choose Your Own Adventure books from the 70’s and 80’s, you will know what I’m talking about. What this means is that Google Forms affords users the ability to create surveys with the option of a “Go To Section Based On Answer” feature. To enable this feature:

  • Click themore menu for a particular question
  • Choose “Got to section based on answer”

In order to make this feature work, you’ll want to divide your form up into sections, using the Section Break option in the floating menu at the right. To find out more, check out this video.


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