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Compare Conditional and Skip Logic

Understand when to use the conditional logic and the skip logic.

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Written by Gayathri Rajendiran
Updated over a week ago

There are two types of logic you can add to your surveys:

Deciding which type of logic to use depends on what you’re trying to achieve with your survey; browse the table below to choose which option is better suited.

Conditional logic

Skip logic

How it works:

Create branching within your survey by showing or hiding questions based on previous answers.

Conditional logic is created in a hierarchy, and you can create conditional questions based on other conditional questions.

Create different routes within your survey by skipping to questions or pages based on previous answers.

Always use skip logic to move a participant forward in your survey.

Use it when:

  • Your survey has a Radio button, Dropdown, or Checkbox to act as a parent question.

  • You want to show or hide a question on the same page as your parent question.

  • You have a Radio button or Dropdown question and want to skip to a question or page when the user gives a single answer.

  • You want to send your participants forward in your survey, never backward.

It takes effect:

Immediately after the parent question is answered.

After completing the page, when your participant selects Next.

Here’s an example:

Question: Did you enjoy the engagement process?

Answer choice:

  • Yes: a conditional Essay question appears asking “What did you enjoy about the process?”

  • No: a conditional Essay question appears asking “How can we improve this process?”

Question: Are you a resident or business owner?

Answer choice:

  • Resident: they skip to follow-up questions for residents

  • Business owner: they skip to follow-up questions for business owners

  • None: they skip to the end of the survey

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