Immediate Feedback during a Google Form using Response Validation

Another method to provide immediate feedback during a Google form is ‘Response validation‘. This feedback only works for short answer questions, and it requires the response to be a specific word(s) or numeric value before going to the next question or section. Megan Kelly has a good article on different ways this feedback option can be used.

Megan Kelly’s article on Response Validation

You access ‘Response validation’ using the vertical three dots (⋮) option. This example shows using a range of values for validation with multiple correct answers based on the graph.

My Google Form template showing this feedback method is here and for additional immediate Feedback option in Google Forms see the blog article titled “Ultimate Guide to Feedback in a Google Form – Part 2“.

Lastly, if you have a complicated response requirement, like multiple words or a phone number, Google allows using a Regular Expression for the response validation. For an example Google form with a regular expression, see this form where Question 2 uses a regular expression to check for multiple correct text responses.

Regular Expression to check for multiple correct text responses

Google Forms is a flexible tool if you understand the different options for questions and feedback. We hope this article helped and check out part 1 of this topic, where we cover providing DELAYED feedback after a Google Form is submitted.

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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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What is G Suite?

G Suite is based around five core web applications:

  1. Drive (
  2. Docs (docs.
  3. Slides (
  4. Sheets (
  5. Forms (
Google Drive

Google Drive is where all your G Suite files are stored. In addition to storing G Suite files, you can store any file in your Google Drive. SharingTree allows you to publish any content in your Google Drive or device in under a minute! No more uploading, downloading or ZIP files!

Google Docs

Google Docs is the equivalent to Microsoft Word in G Suite. It is the perfect application to use to make primarily text based document.

G Suite also recently added Office editing, so you can now edit, comment, and collaborate on Microsoft Office files using Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. This feature brings the collaboration benefits of G Suite to Office files. This eliminates the need to convert from Office to G suite file types. See for more information on the handy new feature.

Google Slides

Google Slides replaces Microsoft PowerPoint and it provides excellent presentation capabilities from any modern browser. Users are also able to add YouTube videos to their presentations.

Google Sheets

Google Sheets replaces Microsoft Excel and can meet all your spreadsheets calculation needs in a web-friendly format.

Google Forms

Google Forms is a great survey, assessment (Quiz) and data collection tool. Information entered can easily be transferred to a Google Sheet or scored if the Quiz option is selected. Since this application does not have a Microsoft equivalent you may want to check out the video below for more information.

Google Drawing

Google Drawing (see ) allows you to edit and create images. This tool pairs well with Google Docs when you want to add text to an image or combine multiple images into one.

For more on G suite head on over to Google’s G suite training at .

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