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Teacher Quick-start Guide: Quizlet Live

Last Updated: Jan 19, 2019 03:09PM PST

Quizlet Live is an engaging in-class game where students work in teams to correctly match terms and definitions. The first team to match all terms and definitions correctly in a row wins the game. 

Quizlet Live is free to all teachers who have a Quizlet account. While Quizlet Teacher subscribers have access to additional Quizlet Live features and customization options, any teacher with a free Quizlet account can start a game of Quizlet Live for their students. 

In order to play a game of Quizlet Live in your class, you'll need: 

  • A Quizlet account
  • A study set with at least six unique term and definition pairs
  • Four or more students
  • A computer, tablet or smartphone for each student
  • A teacher-controlled device to project the instructions and leaderboard
  • 10 to 20 minutes of class time

To begin a game of Quizlet Live:
  1. Sign in to your Quizlet account
  2. Choose a set for your students to review
  3. Select the Live button
  4. Select Create game
  5. Project your screen
  6. Have your students go to, enter the join code or scan the QR code displayed on your screen and enter their name. (See Joining a Quizlet Live game from the iOS or Android app for mobile instructions).
  7. Wait for all of your students to join, then select Create game
  8. Quizlet will assign all students to a team. To remove a student from the game, click on their name.
  9. If possible, have your students move to sit with their teammates
  10. Select Start game
From there, each student will be prompted with the same definition from the study set. Within each team, every student will have different possible answers. The students on each team need to work together to figure out who on their team has the correct answer on their device. 

When a team selects the correct answer, that answer will disappear from the screen they'll be prompted with the next question. 

If a team answers a question incorrectly, their progress will reset to zero and they'll need to start over. Accuracy matters more than speed!

The teacher's screen will show a real-time leaderboard of each teams' progress towards correctly matching all of the terms and definitions. The first team to correctly match all of the terms and definitions wins the game. Most games will have 12 terms, but depending on the total number of terms in a set some games may have eight terms or fewer. 

Once the game is over, the leaderboard will be replaced with an End of Game review, highlighting which questions teams answered correctly and incorrectly. 

From the end screen, you can easily start another round, change teams or exit the session. 


How many teams will Quizlet create for my game? How many students will be on each team?
The number of students who join a game of Quizlet Live determines the number of teams Quizlet creates. Students will be grouped into teams of two to four depending on the total number of players. 

How many questions are in a game of Quizlet Live?
This also depends on the number of students playing. If a set has 12 or more pairs of terms and definitions and four or fewer students join the game, there will be eight questions. If five or more students join, there will be 12 questions. 

Why don't I see the option to start a game of Quizlet Live?
Quizlet Live is available for all teachers on Quizlet to use. If you don't see the Live button on set pages, please see this article for help troubleshooting.

Please go to your Settings page and check the Account type section to make sure you're listed as a teacher. If you don't see this option, please let us know and someone from our Support team will get back to you.

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