The Savvy Survey #8: Pilot Testing and Pretesting Questionnaires
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Kumar Chaudhary, Anil, and Glenn D Israel. 2015. “The Savvy Survey #8: Pilot Testing and Pretesting Questionnaires: AEC402/PD072, 12/2014”. EDIS 2015 (1). Gainesville, FL:6.


It is a good practice to pre-test a questionnaire after the initial design and formatting are completed. Based on studies conducted by researchers, pre-testing can be implemented using various methods. A number of possible pre-testing methods are described in this 6-page fact sheet was written by Anil Kumar Chaudhary and Glenn D. Israel, and published by the UF Department of Agricultural Education and Communication, December 2014.

AEC402/PD072: The Savvy Survey #8: Pilot Testing and Pretesting Questionnaires (
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