Three Ways to Allow Retakes of a Google Form

Google Forms has several features that can provide feedback at different times based on responses to questions. This article covers three ways to offer DELAYED feedback after a form is submitted.

General Settings for a Google Form to allow retakes

For all three options, you will need to have ‘Collect email address‘ in Settings -> General selected so anonymous responses are not allowed.

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Option 1 – Select both ‘Limit to 1 Response‘ and ‘Edit after submission

Setting for Google Form v1 Option 1

In option 1, you select both ‘Limit to 1 response‘ and ‘Edit after submit‘. With both of these selected, a form is limited to one attempt that can be edited after submission. When a student completes a form and clicks ‘Submit’, they will see buttons. The first is to ‘View score’, and the one below it is to ‘Edit your response’.

Option 1 submit 1

The ‘View score‘ button will show which of their responses were correct or incorrect. They can also view any feedback you provide for each question. The  ‘Edit your response’ link allows them to retry the quiz, and all their previous responses will show and can be changed. Using these settings, an instructor will only see a student’s final score and not any information on their number of attempts. You can view a Group on SharingTree with all the template forms for the options we share in this article or get the template for option here. Our next method will let you track how many attempts they make.  

Option 2 – Do not select ‘Limit to 1 Response‘ or ‘Edit after submission

Setting for Google Form v1 Option 2

For option 2, you do not select either ‘Limit to 1 response‘ or ‘Edit after submit‘. When the student submits their form, they will see the ‘View Score‘ and ‘Submit another response‘ options. You can hide the ‘Submit another response‘ option in the Setting -> Quiz options.

Using option 2, the instructor can see how many reattempts a student makes and their score for each attempt. The downside is the student must enter all their answers for each attempt. The link to the template form for option 2 is here or to get all the templates go-to the group for this article.

Option 3 – Select only ‘Limit to 1 Response

Setting for Google Form v1 Option 3

A third option is to select only ‘Limit to 1 response’. With this option, only one attempt is allowed. You can require students to do corrections using the feedback from the ‘View score‘ button, and then you can delete their response from the Response screen on the Google Form, allowing them a manual retake.

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Delete option for student response in Google Form

The link to the template form for option 3 is here or to get all the templates go-to the group for this article. For more information and tips on delayed feedback in a Google Form see our Ultimate Guide article

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Immediate Feedback in a Google Form using BRANCHING

Part A: Using BRANCHING to allow multiple attempts

You can provide immediate feedback in a Google Form using the Branching/Go to Section option to allow students to retry the same question for incorrect responses.

To do this in a Google Form, place each MC question in one section and then make a second ‘retry’ section with the same question that all incorrect responses go to. In the second retry section, I let them know they missed the question and allow them to reattempt it. This feedback type example requires the student to select the correct response before moving on to the next question. The only difference between this and a standard MC question is using the three dots option to select ‘Go to section based on answer‘. Shuffling the option order can be used and does not interfere with the branching to the correct location.

Google Form three dots (⋮) option for ‘Go to section based on answer’

The next two images show the original question section and the retry section using the ‘Go to section’ option. I made a Google form template you can get here to see this structure.

The original MC question with branching to retry the same question or go to the next question for “correct” response

I name the retry section with the question number and some text to indicate they made an incorrect selection. I then place a duplicate copy of the question in this section, and all incorrect responses go to this one retry section.

Example of retry section for Question #1

I make all the questions ‘Required‘ and you can choose to make the Form a QUIZ and give point values to each question. You can make a correct response to the original question worth a certain point value and a correct retry attempt worth fewer points. Using original and retry point values can help you understand how many attempts students are taking and discourage guessing. I use this question format for lessons and weekly assignments to gauge student completion. Here is the link again to the template Google Form using the basic two-section feedback method. Another option is for each incorrect response to go to a different section with specific feedback for that response.

Part B: Using BRANCHING to go to a different section

Kasey Bell from Shake Up Learning has a good article on using this branching ability to give specific instruction based on each response and Alice Keeler also discusses this in her article “Fast: Create a Branching Google Form“. This instruction could include a mini-lesson using text, images, or video added to a review/retry section of the form. Only students who responded a certain way would view this section.

Example of branching flow from Kasey Bell’s article “How to Differentiate Questions with Google Forms”

The link to this Google Form template is here. I also made a Group with all the Google Form templates for this article. If you sign-in and click open, all the forms used in this article are added to your Google Drive, and you can view and edit them. For more articles on Google Forms and SharingTree see our website blog. We are here to build a community of educators from around the world who share and collaborate on G Suite lessons. Try adding a lesson today at today.

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