The polling feature for meetings allows you to create single choice or multiple choice polling questions, while advanced polling add matching, ranked choice, short answer, and long answer options. You can also set correct answers to have the poll function as a quiz.

Click for more information about Advanced Polls/Quizzes or watch a video about setting up advanced polls - Zoom Advanced polling.  

Prerequisites for Advanced Polling/Quizzes

1. Allow advanced polling and quizzes is checked in Settings (In-meeting Basic).

  • Go to Settings from the Zoom Dashboard
  • Check Allow host to create advanced polls and quizzes
  • Save

2. All meeting participants must have Zoom 5.8.3 or higher installed on their device.  If the participants do not have the latest version of Zoom, the advanced polling feature will not be available

  • Participants can check (and update) Zoom by following these instructions:  Update Zoom

Create an Advanced Poll

If Allow host to create advanced polls and quizzes has been checked, the host will see Polls/Quizzes in the top tab from the Meetings sidebar

Step 1:  Click on Meetings from the Zoom Dashboard or schedule a new Meeting, Save, then find Polls/Quizzes at the bottom of the meeting page.  

Polls and Quizzes can now be saved in the Polls/Quizzes library for different Zoom meetings.

Step 2:  Choose Advanced Polls and Quizzing.  Select Add to Polls/Quizzes library if you would like to reuse the poll/quiz.  Select Next

Step 3:  Begin creating your poll/quiz.  Give the poll a Name by selecting the title.  See poll/quiz choices below.  Review the poll/quiz options.

Poll participants can select only one of the provided answers. Possible answers can be listed all at once or under a drop-down menu.  

  • Multiple Choice: Poll participants can select multiple of the provided answers.

  • Matching: Poll participants can match prompts on the left side with answers on the right side. Order of prompts and answers can be adjusted as needed. Up to 9 prompts can be provided for each question, with the possible matches ranging between 2-9 options.

  • Rank Order: Poll participants can rank each item based on the provided scale. Up to 10 items can be provided for each question, with the scale allowing a range of 2-7 options.

  • Short Answer: Poll participants can respond with a short answer response. The minimum and maximum allowed characters for the response can be set.

  • Long Answer:  Poll participants can respond with a long answer response. The minimum and maximum allowed characters for the response can be set. 
  • Fill in the blank: Poll participants are presented with the statement and a blank, asking them to fill in the missing information based on the statement and other context provided. Multiple blanks can be added and each blank has its own answer box.
  • Rating scale: Poll participants are given a statement or topic, then are given the opportunity to rate the topic on a given scale. The range of the scale can be adjusted from the default of 1-10, and the ends of the scale can be labeled to indicate what the scale is based on, for example Not likely to Extremely likely.

4. Click Add Choice, Add Row, Add Column, Add Prompt, or Add Answer (depending on the type of poll question selected) to add additional answer options. 

  • Trash bin icon : Delete the current polling question.

  •  : Click here to access additional options:
    • Upload Image: Allows an image to be uploaded and displayed below the question.
      Note: Images must be either PNG or JPEG format. 
    • Duplicate Question: Duplicate the current polling question as it currently is.

  • Select the check box next to Required to ensure a question must be answers before a participant can submit poll answers.

  • Pencil icon : Edit the existing poll.

(Optional) Click Add a Question to create an additional question.
Note: Each question and individual answers for a question can be reordered as needed.

Click the  button to access the following option:

  • Allow participants to answer questions anonymously: Poll participants can choose to have their answers associated with themselves or to provide answers to the poll anonymously. 
  • Make a quiz and set correct answers: See the following section for more details. 

Click Save.