# How to Write Good Task Scenarios for User Testing

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A task scenario is the number of steps a user has to take to complete a goal. It describes what the user is trying to achieve by giving context with the necessary details to accomplish the goal without being too prescriptive.

Task scenarios accompany user tests and are used as a way to check whether a user story is effective, efficient and satisfies the user needs. The following tutorial will explain how to write a good task scenario.

### What Makes a Good Task Scenario?

In my experience, writing a good task scenario is more of an art than a science. I’ll use an example, and then go into each principle of good task scenarios and how they relate back to that example, so that you have a better idea of how to create your own.

## Task Example: Find Lodgings on Airbnb

### Good Task Scenarios Aren’t Too Prescriptive

When setting a task, you should aim to provide details and context without telling the user what to do (otherwise, what’s the point of doing a usability test?)

## Conclusion

A good task scenario is critical to running a valid user testing session. Without framing the question correctly you may get biased or inaccurate data. This tutorial isn’t an exhaustive list, but more of a fundamental overview. There are many factors to consider. In my experience, if you give context, have a strong backstory with details, and provide a correct solution, you are likely to get a smooth user testing session.

Do you have any other tips of how to write a good task scenario? Leave them in the comments below!