For many of these websites, you can make your own quizzes or browse and use quizzes that other people have made. Alternatively, if your school allows students to set up accounts with external websites, get your students to make their own quizzes.


Mentimeter (word cloud question type)

Mentimeter is my new favourite tool. It's a presentation tool (you can make slides, like in PowerPoint), but you can also include different types of questions which students answer using their mobile devices. You can get students to brainstorm ideas (displayed in a word cloud as in the examples from my students opposite), you can have multiple choice or True/False questions and you can also get students to give opinions using scales (which display as a kind of graph - great for IELTS practice!). The free version allows only a limited number of interactive slides, but this means it would be perfect for students to make their own short presentations with quizzes included - that way there's more incentive for everyone to actively listen and be involved.


Kahoot quiz website

Kahoot allows you to create quizzes (or browse and use other teachers' ones). The teacher controls the progression of questions on the IWB, and the students use mobile devices to choose answers. Make sure you are on the right website - create or find questions on and get students to log in to or download the app. It's generally really popular with students - I have some who want to do Kahoot quizzes every single lesson. However, I recommend restraint (and teams) as it's not for everyone and can feel a bit brutal if you have students who are never at the top.


Socrative space race quiz

Socrative allows you to create quizzes which students join by entering the room code. The questions are viewed on students' devices and the students work at their own pace on the questions (although they can see their progression as a race on the IWB, pictured here). It didn't catch on quite as well with my students as Kahoot did, but it makes a nice change.

Quizlet and Quizalize

Quizlet matching exercise

Quizlet allows you to create flashcards and do a variety of activities with these. It will automatically provide audio for the vocabulary too, so students can listen and type to practise spelling. I particularly like the matching game (for teams of students at the IWB or for homework) and Quizlet Live, which works a little like the Socrative space race (above). Quizalize (also known as Zzish) is a website which allows you to import your Quizlet flashcards to play with your students in other formats - for example as a multiple-choice quiz. 


Quizbusters quiz website

I've mentioned Quizbusters in the games section on this site. You can browse for ready-made quizzes or make your own. It has the advantage that you don't have to log in (or remember passwords), but you will need to save the address of the page you create, and if you make a mistake typing the questions, you can't go back in and fix it once you've finished editing. However, in 2020 Adobe ended support for Flash Player which means that it will be much harder to access these games now. If you are looking for something similar, why not try my blockbusters game template?

Hot Potatoes

Finally, Hot Potatoes is free downloadable software which lets you create quizzes (e.g. drag and drop matching, crosswords, gap fills) easily, and then publish them online (e.g. in your college's virtual learning environment). It looks quite old-fashioned nowadays, but the quizzes work very well for language practice as homework and you can play with the colours and fonts to make it a little more appealing.