Be on J! Contestant FAQs
BECOME A CONTESTANT
WHAT IS THE PROCESS TO BECOME A CONTESTANT?
First, you must take and pass the online test. If you pass the test and meet the minimum eligibility requirements, you will be placed into a random selection process for an invitation to an audition. Assuming you perform well at the audition, you will be placed into the contestant pool and could be invited to compete up to 18 months from your audition date. Making it to an audition is not a guarantee of being invited to compete on the show.
The same process applies to teens and college students, with each online test specific to the next scheduled tournament only.
To learn more about the process, see our other Be A Contestant FAQs:
- Online Test
- After the Test
WHAT ARE THE MINIMUM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS?
Applicants must meet the following requirements to meet basic eligibility:
- Must be over 18 (except for the Teen Tournament and College Championship).
- For the Teen Tournament, must be between the ages of 13 and 17 at the time of taping.
- College Championship applicants must be full-time undergraduates with no previous bachelor’s degrees.
- Must not have appeared on any version of the show with Alex Trebek.
- Within the last five years, must not have been employed by or related to, or have known anyone who works for Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., Sony Pictures Television Inc., Quadra Productions, Inc., CBS Television Distribution, Wheel of Fortune or Jeopardy! prize suppliers, or any TV station (including advertisers and related radio stations) broadcasting Wheel of Fortune or Jeopardy!
WHAT IS THE ONLINE TEST?
Online testing is the primary entry point for anyone who wants to compete on Jeopardy! Online testing was developed in 2006 as a way of encouraging more viewers to participate in the contestant qualification process. It allows fans to qualify for an audition by taking the 50-question Jeopardy! test at a convenient time, using their home or work computer.
Each test is scheduled for a specific date at an appointed time, and it is given only once. (For multi-day testing events, you may only take the test on one of the days.)
In order to participate in the online test, you must:
- Have a current MyJeopardy! account and have completed the extended contestant registration.
- Be logged in to the testing site at Jeopardy.com before the test starts.
Testing events are held for:
- Regular shows: adults (ages 18 and over).
- College Championship: college students (full-time with no previous bachelor’s degree).
- Teen Tournament: teens (ages 13-17).
Eligible full-time teachers who hope to compete in the Teachers Tournament are selected from the pool of applicants who have taken and passed the online test for adults, and participated in the audition process.
Announcements for online tests are made in the Jeopardy! program and delivered to Jeopardy! newsletter subscribers.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO TAKE THE ONLINE TEST?
If you have never been a Jeopardy! contestant and have not participated in a Jeopardy! audition within 18 months prior to the online test, you are eligible to take the online test. Teens also require parental consent before completing registration for the Teen Online Test.
HOW OFTEN DO YOU ISSUE THE ONLINE TEST?
Three-day online testing events to qualify for our regular shows are offered to adults one to two times per year. You may take the test on any day that is convenient, but only once per event. Multiple entries could result in disqualification.
For teens and college students, tests occur roughly once per season, or as upcoming teen and college tournaments are scheduled. Eligible college students may register for both college and adult tests.
HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR THE ONLINE TEST?
Visit the Be A Contestant tab and click “Register Now” to fill out the online test registration form. You may be prompted to set up a MyJeopardy! account if you don’t already have one. To receive all test updates, make sure you’ve checked the box to receive the Jeopardy! email newsletter in your account profile.
ARE CANADIANS ELIGIBLE TO TAKE THE TEST?
Yes, Canadians are eligible.
THERE IS MORE THAN ONE ELIGIBLE ADULT/TEEN/COLLEGE STUDENT IN MY HOUSEHOLD. CAN THEY TAKE THE TEST AT THE SAME TIME?
Yes, they can all take the test. However, each will need to register with a different email address and will need their own computer or mobile device to take the test.
I’M ELIGIBLE TO TAKE BOTH THE COLLEGE TEST AND THE ADULT TEST. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
If you’re eligible to take the College Online Test, you may take it once per season. You may also take the Adult Online Test as long as you meet all eligibility requirements for both.
CAN I PARTICIPATE IF I HAVE A DISABILITY?
Jeopardy! is proud of its long-standing reputation of openness to applicants with disabilities. If you have a disability and require assistance to complete the online test, you may have a family member, friend or assistant read the clues to you and/or type in your responses. Please note that print-to-speech software and/or voice recognition programs might not allow you to answer quickly enough. If you are selected for an audition, our contestant coordinators will work with you on any necessary accommodations.
IS THERE A FEE TO TAKE THE ONLINE TEST?
There is no fee to take any of the tests, but any costs you incur in connection with the test are your responsibility. Likewise, if you are invited to participate in an in-person audition, all costs (including, but not limited to, accommodations, meals, transportation and parking) must come at your own expense.
I TOOK THE TEST LAST YEAR. CAN I TAKE IT AGAIN?
Yes. You are welcome to participate in this round of testing whether or not it has been a full year. There is one exception to this rule:
If you attended an in-person interview with the Jeopardy! contestant team as a result of taking the online test or if you attended one at an authorized Jeopardy! contestant event (e.g., Jeopardy! Challenge), you are ineligible to take the online test for a minimum of 18 months from the date of that audition. Any attempt to take the online test during your period of ineligibility could result in disqualification.
WHAT IF I REGISTERED FOR THE TEST BEFORE THE NEXT TEST DATES WERE ANNOUNCED?
If you have registered for the test before new dates have been announced, make sure you have signed up for the Jeopardy! newsletter in your MyJeopardy! profile email preferences. We’ll notify you of upcoming test dates as they are scheduled.
Once new test dates have been announced, you should also double-check your selected audition city in your profile to update your selection from the most current list of locations.
IF I’VE REGISTERED FOR A PREVIOUS TEST, DO I NEED TO REREGISTER?
You will need to register for each new test when it is announced. However, once you have a MyJeopardy! profile, we’ll have all your information on file. Registering will be quick and easy, and you will be able to update your preferences and audition city selection. If you have signed up to receive the Jeopardy! newsletter, you’ll receive notifications as new tests are announced. Plus, you can always check your test status in your MyJeopardy! profile.
MY TEST IS TODAY. WHAT DO I DO?
If the test is being given in a multi-day event, you may take it on any one of the dates that is convenient for you. Just be sure to take into account the differences in time zones. On the day of your test, come back to jeopardy.com up to an hour before the appointed time to log in for the test. For more information about what to expect on the day of the online test, click here.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I LOG IN LATE FOR THE TEST?
You will not be able to log in once the test begins. The test dates and times are not flexible. The test will begin three minutes after the hour according to the test site's clock, and you must be logged in before the test begins. We recommend logging in at least 30 minutes early. You may take the test on any test night that is convenient for you. There is no need to notify us of the date. Make sure to account for time zone differences. You may only take the test once during any multiple-night test event. Subsequent attempts may result in disqualification.
HOW LONG DOES THE TEST TAKE?
The test consists of 50 categories and 50 clues, and you will have 15 seconds to respond to each clue. The test takes approximately 13 minutes. You cannot log in late or restart.
HOW DO I SUBMIT MY RESPONSES?
Anything you have typed into the response field will be automatically captured after 15 seconds. You will then hear a “ping” alerting you to the next clue, and the next category will be presented. You cannot pause, stop or go back.
To manually submit a response, you may click "Submit," but we encourage you to wait for the full 15 seconds to elapse. Pressing the enter or return key on the keyboard will not submit a response.
DO I HAVE TO RESPOND IN THE FORM OF A QUESTION?
No. Do not respond in the form of a question.
DO I HAVE TO TYPE FULL NAMES?
No. Last names are acceptable unless otherwise specified in the clue.
WILL I BE PENALIZED FOR SPELLING ERRORS?
No. As long as your response is phonetically correct, it will receive consideration. Partial and mistyped answers will also be considered.
WILL COMPLETING THE TEST QUICKLY IMPROVE MY SCORE?
No. In fact, we would encourage you to take all due time to consider and confirm each response.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I WANT TO SKIP AHEAD TO THE NEXT CLUE?
You may skip ahead to the next clue by clicking “Submit,” but we encourage you to use any extra time to re-check your response. Any partial data that you enter into the response field will be captured and submitted as is when the time expires for that clue. NOTE: You cannot go back to previous clues and there is no time at the end of the test for review.
WHAT ARE THE TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS TO TAKE THE TEST?
You can take the test on either a Mac or PC. The test is compatible with mobile or tablet devices, though we don’t recommend using those devices.
Your device must meet the following requirements:
- High-speed internet connection.
- Internet Explorer 10 and above, or the latest version of Firefox, Chrome, or Safari 5.0 and above. The test is NOT compatible with AOL browsers. We encourage you to become familiar with the test format by taking the practice tests at Jeopardy.com.
- A screen resolution of 1024x768 or larger. Make sure your text settings are no larger than 100% or than the "normal" or "medium" size. Increased text settings may prevent you from viewing the test in full.
I AM HAVING TROUBLE LOGGING IN AND TAKING THE TEST ON TEST NIGHT. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
If you are on a Mac or PC, try the following:
- Close all running programs and restart your computer. Open your preferred browser and try to log in again.
- Do not run any other programs while taking the online test.
- If none of these tips work and your computer has all of the technical requirements listed above, please send a note with your internet browser and version, your operating system and the error message you are receiving to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll do our best to help troubleshoot.
CAN I TAKE THE TEST ON MY MOBILE OR TABLET DEVICE?
Yes, the test is compatible with mobile and tablet devices, but we strongly suggest you take the test on a Mac or PC using a stable, high-speed internet connection.
CAN I TAKE THE TEST USING A DIAL-UP CONNECTION?
We cannot guarantee that the test will perform properly using a dial-up connection.
I FORGOT MY USERNAME OR PASSWORD.
On the sign-in screen, click “Forgot username?” or “Forgot password?” and you’ll receive instructions via email. Please note: You should only click the link once, and it can take up to 30 minutes to receive a reply, so we recommend having your username and password on hand before signing in to take the test.
AFTER THE TEST
WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY TEST RESULTS?
Jeopardy! never reveals test scores. Only passing scores are submitted to be considered for an audition.
WHEN CAN I EXPECT TO BE CONTACTED AFTER THE TEST?
You will receive a confirmation that your test has been submitted within 24 hours of taking the test.
If you pass the test and qualify for an audition, the Jeopardy! contestant department may contact you at any time within one year of your test. Those who do not pass the test will not be contacted.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE AUDITION?
Audition space is limited. A random selection of applicants who have passed the online test will be employed, and invitations will be sent out until all available spots are filled.
HOW WILL I KNOW I’VE BEEN INVITED TO AN AUDITION?
The Jeopardy! contestant department will reach out via email if you are selected for an audition. You will receive location information, appointment times, and general application paperwork, usually a minimum of two weeks in advance of the audition date.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT IF I’M SELECTED TO AUDITION?
The in-person audition starts with individual pictures, an occasional conga line, and some informal Q&A with the contestant team. You’ve already passed the online test, so the emphasis here is to have fun and let your unique personality shine. They’ll also lead the group through some interactive clues to get you warmed up and thinking like a contestant. This is followed by a written test similar to the online test but with completely different material. You’ll have a few minutes to relax while the tests are graded. After the paperwork is assembled, the contestant coordinators will lead the group through a brief game-playing tutorial. After the tutorial, everyone will take turns playing a mock version of the game in groups of three. At the end of the mock game, each applicant will be asked to tell a little bit about themselves: likes, dislikes, career, family, hobbies, etc.
Remember: The contestant coordinators are there to help you perform your best. Two things you’ll hear often are “Speak up!” and “Keep the game moving!” These are two critical elements in your being considered for the show. Listen to them and be ready to make adjustments based on their feedback.
The whole process takes approximately two hours. Please arrive early. Because of the strict format of the testing process, latecomers simply cannot be admitted. No exceptions. Only the test takers will be permitted to enter the audition room – guests and spectators will not be allowed. We encourage you to dress as you would on the show.
I’M IN THE ACTIVE POOL OF CONTESTANTS, BUT I HAVE CHANGED MY ADDRESS AND/OR PHONE NUMBER. WHAT DO I DO?
If you have taken and passed the test, and have auditioned within the last 18 months, you may send us new contact information at JEOPARDY_contestant_department@spe.sony.com, and we will update your information in our files. (Please use this email address for contestant department communication only. For all other inquiries, fill out our contact form.) You should also update your information in your MyJeopardy! profile.
HOW WILL I KNOW I’VE BEEN SELECTED TO COMPETE ON JEOPARDY!?
If you pass the test and do well at your audition, you will be placed in a pool of potential contestants for 18 months after your audition date. But attending an audition and being put in the pool does not guarantee that you will be invited to appear on the show. If you are selected to compete on the show, our contestant coordinators will contact you with full details. Prospective contestants are notified about a month in advance of their tape date.
HOW DO I APPLY TO BE IN A TOURNAMENT?
All tests and auditions for teens and college students are tournament-specific. There are no separate tests or auditions for the Teachers Tournament. Teachers will go through the regular adult contestant selection process and may be invited to compete on the regular show or in the Teachers Tournament.
ABOUT THE SHOW
HOW DO I GET AUDIENCE TICKETS?
To request audience tickets for a live taping of Jeopardy!, fill out this form. The show typically tapes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from July to May. Tickets are always free and we offer two seatings for each tape date. New dates are added as they are entered into the schedule and available times and dates are posted a few weeks in advance. If you don’t see a convenient date keep checking back.
WHERE IS JEOPARDY! TAPED?
Jeopardy! tapes at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California.
IS THERE ANY WAY TO WATCH JEOPARDY! ONLINE?
Select episodes are currently available for streaming on Hulu.
I THINK I CAUGHT A MISTAKE – HOW DO I CONTACT THE SHOW?
The fastest way to investigate a possible error on the show is to check in with our community of friends on Facebook, where there is always a lively exchange of information. If you would like to send a message directly to the show, use this form. Please note that while we closely monitor this mailbox, we cannot reply to every email.
I HAVE AN IDEA FOR A CATEGORY!
We appreciate your creativity, but we are unable to accept unsolicited submissions.