This is a fun way of revising multiple choice questions based on the TV show 'Who wants to be a Millionaire?'.


  • Can be applied to any multiple-choice exercise
  • Can be used as a warmer or filler
  • Can be used for correcting homework multiple-choice exercises
  • Particularly good for light relief in an exam class

I teach a lot of exam courses and many of the test formats such as IELTS and Cambridge exams use multiple-choice exercises as in the popular TV show 'Who wants to be a millionaire?'. The activity simply makes the process of checking multiple-choice exercises more fun and is good for keeping tired students going.


Ask the class if they have ever watched the TV show 'Who wants to be a millionaire?' (Very popular in many countries!).

  • Elicit from the students the rules of the game.
  • Tell the students that they are now going to play the game.
  • Explain how they are going to play the game in class: Every student starts with a £1000 pounds and for every correct answer the student doubles their money.
  • If a student isn’t very confident they have the option of not playing for that particular question (but they can still stay in the game for the next question).
  • Keep a track of each student’s progress on the board.
  • The winner is the student with the most money at the end of the game.


  • I don’t use '50/50' or 'phone a friend' or 'ask the audience' but you could adapt the game to use 50/50 if you wanted, ('phone a friend' might be a bit difficult and 'ask the audience' wouldn’t be appropriate).
  • I allow students to stay in the game to keep everyone involved but they lose their money if they get the question wrong. You could change the amounts of money won.
  • You could get a student to act as record keeper for each student and ask for a summary of who has got how much money at the end of each round.
  • Students could work in pairs but they would have to agree on each answer before giving the answer.