Sample Custom Questions: Open Ended (Student Survey) Print or save as PDF


Open-Ended Questions (OEQs) are questions that allow survey takers to give a free form answer. These types of questions allow the survey taker to provide information such as their feelings, perceptions, and attitudes on a variety of subjects, and in their own words.

Here are some examples:

School Culture

  • What do you think we can do to reduce bullying in our school?
  • If you were able to make a change or addition to the school’s “code of conduct”, what would it be?
  • In your opinion, what is the most important issue that needs to be addressed to make your school a better learning environment for everyone?


  • If there is one thing you would like adults in our building to know about you as a learner, what would it be?
  • What kinds of things do teachers do to help you learn?
  • If you do not understand something the teacher has taught, how do you get help?

Student Well-being

  • What could our school do to better support student’s mental health?
  • What makes you feel valued when you are at school?
  • How can our teachers or administrators help you to succeed at school?

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