5 Likert Scale questions to ask in the classroom

Apr 7
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5 Likert Scale questions to ask in the classroom

While Likert scales may be ubiquitous in the survey world, they seem come into the classroom around review time. Yet, the likert scale is a power tool to assess your students and your own teaching, so why not incorporate it all year? Need inspiration? We’ve put together 5 questions to ask your students using this traditional Likert scale:



Strongly Agree              Agree                    Neutral                    Disagree                 Strongly Disagree


  • I feel very comfortable with the material after today’s lecture
    This question allows you to sample comprehension before you test. Do most students feel comfortable or very comfortable? Go ahead and speed up the class. Are most students lost? Slow down or plan for a review session. Do some students seem to get it while others don’t? Take a break to have students teach each other.
  • I felt today’s classroom helped me understand the material better
    While the first question assesses basic understanding, this question helps you assess your techniques. By the time end of the year review arrives, it’s too late to adapt your teaching style to this particular group of students. Instead, gather feedback on individual lessons throughout the year and adapt as you go.
  • How did Brutus feel about the plot to assassinate Caesar? Did he….
    This question, while designed to test a student’s knowledge on the play Julius Caeser, can be adapted for other characters and situations to test knowledge in literature courses. Likert scales test students on a deeper understanding of the literature than multiple choice on plot points. In this example, a student who read the book would know that Brutus was always reluctant but eventually joined the conspirators, and would choose “agree,” compared to other characters who were more enthusiastic. This type of question may also work well in history courses.
  • The Proposal 25 is a good idea.
    This question and similar opinion polls are great introductions for statistics, government and Civics classes. Use student’s responses to introduce statistical concepts, or to spark discussion over a particular issues related to class. nClass makes this easy by instantly converting this classroom data into a visual format for the class.
  • The experiment yielded visible results.
    This question represents another way to report data in a science class. Sometimes some students achieve larger reactions than others. Should they report no results or positive results? This option allows a greater range of data reporting in a science class to reduce confusion.


How do you use Likert Scales in Class? Let us know below.

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