Ah, Kahoot. The quiz platform known for its bright colors and memorable sound effects has become a classroom staple over the past decade, and it’s not stopping now. What other website could serve a school environment so well? Turns out, a lot of other websites are up to the task.
Now, you might be thinking—why fix something if it isn’t broken? We agree, Kahoot is awesome. It has taken the educational sphere by storm, but at a cost, literally—Kahoot is pricy! Even its most basic version costs $120 a year, which is no small expense for any educator.
Lucky for you, there are plenty of other websites that are just like Kahoot but come with cost-free options that allow you to reap the benefits of the site without breaking the bank.
Below we’ve listed nine great websites that can serve as valuable alternatives to Kahoot. We’ll talk you through the basic structures of these platforms as well as list their pros and cons.
Ready to go? Keep scrolling to learn all about other options that can serve you and your classroom quizzes for this upcoming school year.
First up, we’ve got Vevox. Vevox is an extremely comparable platform to Kahoot, albeit without its classic suspenseful background music. It allows teachers, professors, and administrators to create quizzes that can be played live.
Much like Kahoot, Vevox requires that quiz participants use their mobile devices to select their answers for the quiz. Questions are multiple-choice, and the quiz administrator can see the results as they pour in. Quiz results can be shown to the group via a leaderboard—with administrator approval. This is most easily done using a projection screen in person or Zoom’s screen-sharing capabilities virtually.
The Vevox quiz host (AKA you, the teacher) can easily see the quiz’s stats, such as how many questions were answered correctly on average and the most difficult question for the quiz’s participants. This makes it especially easy to know how the class is doing and what they must study before any formal assessment.
And if you need to conduct a Q&A, look no further than Vevox. They allow participants to submit a question anonymously that can then be shown to the group with teacher approval.
It’s simple to use Vevox alongside other apps and platforms. You can use it with PowerPoint, Zoom, or Microsoft Teams, making it a great option for a virtual class or remote school day.
The basic (read: free) version of Vevox boasts fewer features than its costly counterparts. It allows up to 100 participants per quiz If you’re looking for extra features, like the ability to conduct different types of quizzes or surveys, add up to 5000 participants per quiz, and add images to your quizzes and polls, you’re going to have to opt for a paid annual subscription plan.
Vevox boasts excellent ratings, averaging a 4.8 out of 5 stars across several reviewing platforms. Why not take it for a spin yourself?
Next, we’ve got Mentimeter. This innovative platform hones in on ways to keep students focused and engaged while in class. They provide a substantial number of tools to help kids and teachers alike stay on track, including their Kahoot-esque multiple-choice quiz.
Mentimeter has more quiz-like features available for free than Vevox—think word collages, surveys, and presentation slides. These can allow you to connect with your students beyond testing their knowledge and can make them feel more engaged with you and each other.
They also provide templates for specific classroom lessons, so you don’t need to start from scratch when composing your lesson plan. Instead of scrambling to find images and graphics that suit your liking, Mentimeter has a library of premade slides and quizzes for you to choose from. They also provide example questions that you can pull from, depending on whether they are relevant to your lesson.
In short, Mentimeter makes it extra simple to relay your knowledge to your students in a way that will keep them interested in the matters at hand. They provide so many teacher-friendly services that it may be difficult to use any program other than Mentimeter once you get started!
Like Vevox, Mentimeter also has paid subscriptions that are available in return for more features, like creating teams, exporting quiz results to Excel, adding an infinite number of questions to any quiz, and making quizzes private. However, if you’re willing to forgo these fancier features, Mentimeter is an excellent option for you and your classroom.
Crowdpurr is third on our list of the best free Kahoot alternatives. We love Crowdpurr for just how many unique features they offer—you’d be surprised at just how deep the fun runs!
If you long for Kahoot’s anticipatory, bouncy soundtrack, never fear: Crowdpurr allows you to add sound effects and music of your own so that every quiz can feel a little more like a game show. To add even higher stakes, turn on the Points Wagering Mode, which allows players to place a wager on whether or not their answers are correct, or Survivor Mode, which eliminates players once they answer incorrectly. You can also add multiple rounds to a single quiz, allowing students to create teams. Crowdpurr also gives you the ability to embed GIFs, stock photos, and YouTube videos into any quiz to create a more textured learning experience.
Looking to give your students a fun trivia quiz? Crowdpurr has a huge trivia library that regenerates weekly. All their trivia is original, and you can check it beforehand to make sure your students’ questions are age- and grade-level-appropriate. You can also add educational notes to each question to incorporate greater detail or images that will better help your students learn.
Crowdpurr’s free plan only covers up to 20 participants per quiz. This makes Crowdpurr ideal for smaller classes or homeschooling groups but not so for larger classroom environments or district-wide use. A hefty monthly fee is required to accommodate a greater number of participants, so we recommend it only for those with fewer students.
Beware, however: Crowdpurr’s free version does feature their own logo and ads. While these ads aren’t too obtrusive, they can detract from the full quizzing experience. If Crowdpurr’s flashy, free features are worth the occasional disruption from an ad, we say: go for it!
Another favorite Kahoot alternative of ours is Blooket. First created in 2018, this platform gamifies learning in a way few other platforms have been able to do.
There are twelve different game modes accessible on Blooket. The Classic Mode is the most like Kahoot. You can include up to 15 questions, each with a 15 second time limit for answering. Up to 60 students can participate in a Classic Mode quiz. The host shows the quiz on a big screen as players answer questions via their devices.
We love Blooket for its cutesy design. The Blook icons (think cartoon animals, magical creatures, and food objects) used to play the game will be especially engaging for younger students, making this an awesome option for elementary school classes.
Other Blooket game modes include Tower Defense, Crypto Hack, Gold Quest, and Factory. These modes incorporate archetypal video game scenarios to incentivize gameplay—answer incorrectly further, and you’ll lose points, but answer correctly for the chance to accumulate more unique Blook icons!
Using Blooket, you can create a quiz by importing your own materials or writing new questions in a provided template. Blooket has a Discover database full of premade quizzes, so depending on your lesson material, you may not need to modify a quiz at all—time saver alert!
Blooket also allows players to create accounts to play outside of the classroom. However, Blooket only permits account holders of ages 13 and older. If you’re using the platform with younger students. You can turn off the account signup inquiry option in your settings.
People are seriously obsessed with Blooket—there’s even a Blooket fandom wiki page oriented around the rarity of different Blook icons. So long as you can keep your students from getting too carried away with the video game-like aspect of Blooket, it can be an extremely fun and useful classroom tool.
Next up, we’ve got Quizalize. Quizalize is like Kahoot in that it allows users to make fun, interactive quizzes for their classrooms that students can respond to using their own mobile devices in real time. Unlike Kahoot, however, Quizalize offers a treasure trove of free features that expand upon the former platform’s initial greatness.
First, Quizalize’s free version has an enormous capacity for users. It gives teachers the option to include 200 students per class for free for up to three unique classes—now that’s many students!
For free, you can also create an unlimited number of quizzes and access all the games that Quizalize has to offer. Additionally, you can import quizzes from Quizlet to be used on Quizalize so that you can quiz your class on a larger scale instead of individually. This is especially useful for teachers who may have built a large quiz library on another platform.
Want to create a math quiz? Look no further than Quizalize’s Math Mode, which allows teachers to use math symbols and create equations without leaving the platform.
Quizalize also gives you the option to create quizzes using AI. Simply input your quiz topic and any specific areas to focus on, and it’ll create you a quiz suitable for your classroom.
They also offer solo and team gameplay to make quizzing even more interactive. Choose from a colorful array of game themes, like basketball, soccer, medieval adventure, or capture the flag. Students will have to answer correctly to earn points for themselves and fight to become a champion. The Leaderboard game is the most like traditional Kahoot if you’re interested in emulating a more classic classroom game.
There are over a million premade educational quizzes on Quizalize. Start browsing today to find the one that’s right for your current lesson plan.
Rolljak is another great website that serves a purpose similar to Kahoot. It focuses on designing activities that can captive students and teachers alike. Rolljak’s features encourage students to think outside the box and learn from one another.
For example, one Rolljak feature instructs students to write an answer to a provided question. Then, their answer is anonymously swapped with another student’s answer. Both students must build upon the other’s response without knowing who originally wrote it. This creates a safe space for all students to answer without fear of judgment or not knowing enough. Teachers, however, can see which student had what response so they can provide help if necessary.
What’s our favorite Rolljak feature, you ask? It’s their collaboration feature. Rolljak also allows you to break up your students into smaller groups (think Zoom breakout rooms) to collaborate more closely. Whether it’s writing a response together or building off of each other’s art to create one single masterpiece, Rolljak really wants students to learn to work amongst one another, and their technology allows students to do so easily.
Do your students need to learn how to peer review each other’s work? If so, Rolljak can help. They offer gentle solutions, like description tags, virtual currency, and metric scales, for students to offer constructive criticism to their classmates. The work with the most positive feedback will have the chance to be shown to the class, adding a fun reward for those who found success in the activity.
Like Quizalize, Rolljak offers quizzes made by AI to make your quiz-making experience extra simple. However, it’s also fairly easy to input your questions and answers to handmake your unique quiz.
Rolljak’s free plan allows up to 50 participants and three activities per session. You’re welcome to start as many sessions as you need, and players can participate without signing up for an account. Students must simply have their own devices so that they can input answers privately and individually.
We’ve barely scratched the surface of all the fun and useful aspects of Rolljak. Browse it for yourself to see if you think it’ll be a good fit—we sure think it will be!
Quizzizz is one of our favorite Kahoot alternatives. It’s extremely user-friendly and offers plenty of quiz options, like image matching, fill in the blank, open-ended responses, and more.
With Quizzizz’s free version, you can store up to 20 premade activities. You can also create lessons and asynchronous assignments for your students, perfect for virtual class days.
Quizzizz makes it easy to base your quizzes off state standardized tests to help better prepare your students for upcoming assessments. Its gamified aspect can help keep students interested in what can be an otherwise tedious activity.
One of Quizzizz’s drawbacks is its basic (free) package is limited. You don’t get access to their entire exercise library, nor can you access all their quiz question types. If you’re looking for a fully immersive, free program to help your classroom, this isn’t it. You’re either going to have to get a quote or find another free alternative if you’d like to expand beyond your first 20 activities. However, if you don’t plan on using Quizzizz very often—say, only every couple of weeks—it makes for a great Kahoot alternative.
Quizzizz is also great for employee training and team building, so if you’re a workplace with a bigger budget, it can be a great tool to bring coworkers together and help them learn.
Another far-from-basic Kahoot alternative is Slido. Slido allows you to create “events” for your workplace or classroom. You can conduct quizzes, crowdsource questions, and brainstorm ideas during these events.
With Slido, you can create an unlimited number of events completely for free. So long as you’re willing to create a new event every time you want to start a new quiz, the possibilities for learning with Slido are never-ending!
Slido is more geared towards working adults than young students. However, its quiz feature is worth using in your classroom. It works just like Kahoot by allowing participants to submit answers via their mobile devices, showing the group the answer distribution after every question, and displaying a leaderboard at the conclusion of the quiz.
There’s a big drawback to Slido’s free version: you can’t moderate your students’ answers. This means that, unless you have perfectly behaved students, you’ll likely need to skip over any open-ended quiz options to prevent students from submitting inappropriate answers for all to see.
Slido’s free version only accommodates up to 100 participants per event. It also doesn’t allow for polls, surveys, account analytics, or the exportation of data. For these features and more, you’re going to have to shell out a little cash.
ClassMarker states that it is more geared towards test-taking than quizzing, but it still provides options for teachers that prove useful during test prep.
Use ClassMarker to assign a quiz or test to a group of registered users or by sending out a link to your students. From there, they can answer multiple choice, true and false, or matching questions and receive feedback as they go along.
Unlike Kahoot, ClassMarker doesn’t allow for quiz participation in a competitive way. Their quizzes are intended to be taken individually on one’s device rather than linked to a big screen. If you’re looking for the group interaction that a Kahoot quiz can offer, you can split your students into small groups to work on a ClassMarket quiz together. Test takers can bookmark questions they had trouble with to revisit later, making it even more student-friendly.
Free ClassMarker accounts don’t allow saving or reviewing results after the test has concluded, so don’t expect an influx of classroom data from it. However, you can ask for verbal feedback from your students about which questions proved the hardest to help you find their weaker areas.
A Free ClassMarket account allows for up to 100 tests to be created. That means that one ClassMarket account can surely house quizzes for a year’s lesson plans. Reuse the quizzes from year to year to make your hard job as a teacher just a little bit easier!
Thanks for reading our guide to the nine best great websites like Kahoot. We hope you’ve gotten a better idea as to which Kahoot alternative might be best for you and your classroom.
You’ve probably gathered by now that these free alternatives to Kahoot don’t offer all the flashy features that their paid versions do—that’s the price of keeping them free. However, if you’re willing to sacrifice some of the bells and whistles, these options will save you some cash while still giving you the chance to quiz your students in style.
Have you tried one of these Kahoot knockoffs for yourself? What was your experience like? Do you plan to use it in the future? Let us know in the comments below—we’d love to hear your thoughts.
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