Participating in a Vocabulary Jam (Video)

The Vocabulary Jam is an interactive competition, where teams compete in real-time! You can start a Jam in your classroom, among friends, or with a whole auditorium. We also host weekly Vocabulary Jams that are open to everyone! Here’s how to play a Jam for yourself.

Get started by finding your Jam Code

Every Vocabulary Jam has a unique a 6-digit Jam Code given to you by the host. Once you have your Jam Code go to to type it in and join the game. Part of a class? Your teacher can send you a notification that will let you jump right into their Jam. Just click the notification that appears on the top right while you're logged in.


Log in to make the most of your Jam time

You don't have to have a account to join a Jam, but logging in will let you keep the points you win and makes adding your trouble words to your learning program a snap. So we definitely recommend logging in before playing!


Choose a team

If the host has allowed players to choose their own teams, the next step will be to select the team you'd like to play for. Jams can consist of 2-4 teams and each one gets their own unique color. The host has the ability to move players from one team or another or to remove them from the game entirely to keep things even.


3, 2, 1, Let's Jam!

When the host begins the Jam, everyone will see a countdown to the first question. By default, each question is timed. You'll see a timer above the question begin to tick down the moment it appears, and to the right of the timer the potential number of points you can earn for answering right now. The sooner you answer the questions the more points you can earn, but be careful! Get the question wrong and half of those potential points are taken away from your team instead. If you don’t know the answer, it’s better not to guess, or at least to wait a little until the question is worth fewer points. Guessing before fully reading the question will lose your team a lot of points.



Don't forget about the other players

As everyone answers, you'll see their names lock in on the right side of the screen. Once the timer runs out, or after everyone has given an answer, the correct answer will be revealed and you can see how everyone did on the team cards near the bottom of the page. After the points are tallied you'll see the teams shuffle around to indicate who in the lead. You'll always see them ranked from left to right by the highest score.



Learn the words that gave you trouble to do even better next time!

At the end of the Jam, you'll see the winning team and all the words you struggled with. You can click the green "add" button to add these words to your learning program. Once added, you can work on them by playing The VocabTrainer until you achieve mastery! The more words you learn, the better you'll do in the next Jam!


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