How to make a Google Slides quiz for an audience of 100 or more

“Show of hands, who thinks ‘A’ is the correct choice?”

Six hands float lazily into the air. You ask again for choices ‘B’ and ‘C’, pausing to document the results each time. One joker raises his hand for all three.

This is the typical Google Slides quiz. You know what comes next: each choice links to another slide revealing whether it’s correct or not. These quizzes are time-consuming to build and dam the flow of your presentation with limited audience engagement.

Poll Everywhere is the solution for such laborious quizzes.

This poll- and survey-creation suite works in Google Slides, and on your participants’ phones. It’s a powerful tool for live audience engagement. You create the questions, audience members respond simultaneously, and the results update live in Google Slides.

Read on to discover how easy it is to get started with Poll Everywhere for Google Slides.

Poll Everywhere vs. typical Google Slides quiz

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Poll Everywhere saves you time before, during, and after your presentation.

Quizzes that needed to be created by hand are now largey automated, letting you focus on crafting a compelling presentation.

Creating or updating a Google Slides quiz is a snap in Poll Everywhere’s activity creator. Audiences respond from the privacy of their mobile devices, rather than in front of their peers, and the results are shown live for all to see.

Plus, whether you’re presenting to 10 people or 10,000, Poll Everywhere can scale to accommodate stadium-sized audiences.

How to use Poll Everywhere in Google Slides

Adding Poll Everywhere to Google Slides is simple. The first step is adding the Poll Everywhere extension to Google Slides.

Download the extension by visiting the Chrome web store and searching for “Poll Everywhere”. When you find the Poll Everywhere extension, click it and then select Add to Chrome.

Google Slides quiz step one

The next time you open Google Slides, you’ll see ‘Poll Everywhere’ in the menu ribbon.

From within Google Slides, select Poll Everywhere and Login then enter your information. If you don’t have an account, don’t worry. Just type in your information and Poll Everywhere will automatically set you up with a free account.

Step 2

Now that you’re signed in, you’re ready to create a quiz. Start by tapping Poll Everywhere then New and Poll.

On the following screen, type in your question and the possible answers. Use the ‘Add an answer’ button if you need to add extra responses. When you’re satisfied, hit Insert.

Step 3

That’s all there is to it. Poll Everywhere automatically formats your question so that it’s ready to go.

Response instructions for the audience are added to your question when you start your presentation. By default, audiences respond by visiting a website or by texting a number.

Step 4

Let’s see what it looks like when someone responds online.

As you can see in the image below, your question is clearly displayed at the top of the page, and the possible responses are below. Your audience simply clicks on a response to make their choice.

Step 5

Receiving responses is the most exciting part of any Poll Everywhere presentation.

Responses are displayed in a chart or graph (depending on how you setup your question) which updates live within Google Slides.

Everyone can see the results the moment they’re submitted. You’ll quickly learn to expect gasps and maybe even a few cheers as these graphics move and change in real time.

Get more out of Poll Everywhere in Google Slides

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In the example above, I showed you how to create a basic, multiple-choice question. However, there are six other activity types available, including word cloud to Q&A.

Click here for a full rundown on each Poll Everywhere activity and discover how you can them to create stronger, more engaging presentations.

Outside of the different activity types, one of Poll Everywhere’s strongest features is its anonymity option.

Speaking out – even if it’s just raising your hand – can be very intimidating for some audience members. Poll Everywhere alleviates this anxiety by letting participants to respond anonymously on their web-enabled devices, rather than in front of their peers.

For presenters, Poll Everywhere also includes a full set of cosmetic options. Use them to ensure your questions match the company’s color scheme.

To stylize your questions: visit your My Polls page, select the question you wish to edit, and click the paintbrush icon. Backgrounds, fonts, and overall color schemes are all fair game, so get creative and find the style that’s right for you.

Here are some examples of the types (and styles) of questions you can create:

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Audience engagement made easy

Transform Google Slides into a two-way dialogue with Poll Everywhere.



  1. Posted September 16, 2015 at 7:18 am | Permalink

    I love the platform and probably would use it much more IF you had a Brazilian toll free number (event if I had to pay to use it in a pro version, for example). Please, think about hiring Brazilian numbers to include in the dial-in list. We have 200 million people using cell phones and 95 million internet users around here :-)

    • Rebecca Kerr
      Posted September 16, 2015 at 9:49 am | Permalink

      Hi, Claudio! That’s so true. We’ve got limited mobile support in Brazil right now, but we can look into the possibility of adding better coverage!

  2. Rebecca Kerr
    Posted September 16, 2015 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    YES. :)

  3. Whistler Mediacenter
    Posted October 18, 2015 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    doesnt work for me. the slide just shows the “your poll will show here” placeholder

  4. Whistler Mediacenter
    Posted October 18, 2015 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    hmm it never worked in my first slide. I created a 2nd slide and it inexplicably worked. only difference i can think of is the first slide i changed the poll.ev image aspect ratio in the 2nd slide i did not. Big problem for me is when it DID finally work it automatically put the poll in full screen mode, obscuring the other content on the slide. The entire reason I wanted to embed the poll in google slides (instead of using pollev presenter mode) is I want more control over how I format the question, with images, carriage returns, etc.

  5. ashok
    Posted October 19, 2015 at 8:11 am | Permalink

    Hi Whistler Mediacenter, Could you email us at and we’ll help you out? Please include the Google Slide presentation in your email so we can look at what you are trying to do.

  6. Stephen Morgan
    Posted October 22, 2015 at 3:58 am | Permalink

    does it have to be a clickable image? I cant get it working with any type of response. Using Chrome on Mac. I can see the place holder but it doesn’t refresh with answers posted

    • ashok
      Posted October 22, 2015 at 7:35 am | Permalink

      You should be able to gather responses from any type of poll when presenting from Google Slides with Poll Everywhere Chrome extension enabled. You’ll need to be in ‘presentation mode’ in Google Slides to see the live chart being populated with the audience answers. Please email us at if you are not able to get it to work.

  7. David Talone
    Posted November 11, 2015 at 7:06 am | Permalink

    If I have a presentation with multiple polls, do I need to exit the presentation to activate each poll? I can only have one poll active at a time, but can’t figure out how to activate the 2nd (or 3rd, or 4th) poll without exiting the presentation.

    • ashok
      Posted November 11, 2015 at 7:36 am | Permalink

      When you are in the Google Slides presentation mode, Poll Everywhere will automatically activate the poll slide you are presenting. The poll will stay activated till you present the next poll. When the next poll slide is presented, Poll Everywhere will deactivate the previous poll and activate the current poll. So do not need to exit the presentation when presenting the polls.

  8. Jessica
    Posted January 8, 2016 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    I am struggling to add the poll everywhere to my google slides… in powerpoint it was very easy – is there a similar simple way to complete this in google slides?

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  4. […] Recently, the tool became even more useful when it launched a Chrome extension that makes it quick and easy to integrate your quizzes and polls into your Google Slides. To take advantage of this new feature, all you need to do is create a quiz or poll in Poll Everywhere and install the Chrome extension. Once you have done that, poll responses can be integrated into a slide by simply choosing the Insert Image option in Google Slides and pasting the URL for the live results of your poll into the blank. The results will display in the slide and will update in realtime making it easy to show your audience the results as they are entered. Though Poll Everywhere has long been a nice tool, this feature makes it even more convenient to use. If you are looking to add interactivity to your classes and presentations, it is well worth a try. You can check this feature out in action in the video below and read more about the process on the Poll Everywhere blog. […]