Likert Scale Builder

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A Likert Scale is a widely-used survey tool that is especially useful for assessing students’ prior knowledge, beliefs, attitudes, and misconceptions about a certain topic. Completing a Likert Scale requires a student to identify the degree to which they agree or disagree with a series of interrelated statements. The Likert template offered here provides a five-point range that can be customized for any topic, subject, or issue.

Here are several types of scales that you might find handy.


The Traditional Likert Scale

1 – Strongly Agree

2 – Somewhat Agree

3 – Neutral/No opinion

4 – Somewhat Disagree

5 – Strongly Disagree


Level of Frequency– 7 point

1 – Never

2 – Rarely, in less than 10% of the chances when I could have

3 – Occasionally, in about 30% of the chances when I could have

4 – Sometimes, in about 50% of the chances when I could have

5 – Frequently, in about 70% of the chances when I could have

6 – Usually, in about 90% of the chances I could have.

7 – Every time


Level of Quality – 5 point

1 – Poor

2 – Fair

3 – Good

4 – Very good

5 – Excellent


Level of Satisfaction – 5 point

1 – Not at all satisfied

2 – slightly satisfied

3 – moderately satisfied

4 – Very satisfied

5 – Extremely satisfied


Level of Satisfaction – 7 point

1 – Completely dissatisfied

2 – Mostly dissatisfied

3 – Somewhat dissatisfied

4 – neither satisfied or dissatisfied

5 – Somewhat satisfied

6 – Mostly satisfied

7 – Completely satisfied


Level of Quality – 5 point

1 – Poor

2 – Fair

3 – Good

4 – Very good

5 – Excellent



  1. Create a series of carefully worded statements pertaining to the subject or issue that you want students to consider.
  2. After you have completed your list, define the levels of your scale; example criterion could include numbers or qualifying statements that express varying levels of agreement/understanding.
  3. Before introducing a new topic, distribute this survey to the students. Be clear in your directions and expectations.
  4. Use the data you collect to influence and inform your instructional decisions.


This should not be graded.


Classroom Management

If you choose to include personal opinion or controversial survey questions, assure your students their responses will remain confidential. In some cases, you may insist that students do not enter their names on the survey.

Interdisciplinary Connections

Science – When addressing a controversial issue, such as Embryonic Stem Cell Research, employing a Likert Scale will expose students’ personal beliefs as well as their prior understanding of the issue. Possessing this data will help you to gauge the social climate of the classroom.

Health – A Likert Scale can be used as an opportunity for students to rate their emotional, physical, and social health. The resulting visual representation of their respective health levels will expose what area they might try to address in their personal health plan.



Student responses will not be assessed to assign a grade; however, the collective survey data will serve as useful tool in determining what aspects of the topic or misconceptions need to be addressed and in what manner.


Preparation time: 45 / Delivery time: 20

PDF icon Likert Scale Builder1.74 MB