Poll Everywhere for Students

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Poll Everywhere is a web-based polling tool. Students may be asked to participate in activities through their web browser, Poll Everywhere App, or SMS text message. Results to activities may be seen live during class to fuel conversations or could be saved by the instructor to view later. 

Access Poll Everywhere

If your instructor is using Poll Everywhere activities as part of course participation (e.g., attendance, assignments, quizzes) you may see a prompt to sign in before being able to participate. Please use the default email address listed in your Canvas account, usually this will be a Penn email address. In order to get credit for participating in a Poll Everywhere activity, you must use the same email address associated with your Canvas account.

If you have more than one account associated with your Penn email addresses, contact Poll Everywhere support to have your accounts merged to make sure you get credit for class activities when you are logged in.

Poll Everywhere activities will be accessed differently depending on how your instructor creates activities. In most cases, students do not need to create an account or log in to participate. However, some instructors will want to collect your responses and link that information to you. If you are unsure whether an account is required, it is best to ask your instructor.

When instructors link participation to a Poll Everywhere activity in Canvas, some students may receive an email from Poll Everywhere stating that they now have an account and can log in by resetting their password.

If you are unsure if an account has already been created for you or you have received a notification to sign in, try selecting the “Forgot your password?” option so Poll Everywhere can send a reset password link to your email account. After creating a new password, log in to the activity using the link provided by your instructor.

Respond to an Activity

If you are asked to complete an activity, be sure to use the link that your instructor has provided. Enter your instructor’s unique URL into any browser: pollev.com/username. 

Your instructor may leverage Poll Everywhere in several ways for different activities, please see the student guide on responding to questions for more information. Poll Everywhere also offers apps that you can download if you are a frequent user:


The Poll Everywhere Student Guide is a good place to start if you have any questions. There is a helpful FAQ section at the end of the guide.

If you have additional questions about participating in an activity, please reach out to your instructor.

Last Updated: 2 Sep 2022