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Are you smarter than a 5th grader: How the show works




So you think you're pretty smart? Think you'd be able to answer questions from the 5th grade? How hard can it be? 5th grade kids are only ten years old. Adults of Australia, now's your chance to find out because you're about to sit a 5th grade test on Network Ten's new series Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?

It will be embarrassing, it will be entertaining and it will be down-right torture for our contestants as they try (AND FAIL) to prove that they are smarter than a 5th grader. There to give them a helping hand will be Callum, Darcy, Max, Moya & Sam - five very bright, endearing and fun primary school kids.

The studio-based game show sees the adult contestants compete for $500,000 by attempting to answer questions taken from primary school class materials.

Hosted by Rove McManus, Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? premieres on TEN Wednesday 26 September at 8.45pm continuing Wednesdays at 7.30pm.

Created by Mark Burnett (The Apprentice, Survivor) the U.S version of Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? peaked at 26 million making it the number one game show in America.

Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? is a Roving Enterprises production for Network Ten.

10 x one hour episodes.



It´s Everyone's Nightmare:

Having to take a test that you haven´t studied for (in a really long time) while standing in front of the entire class (that seats the whole country). On Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?, our contestants can turn this nightmare into a dream come true by answering a series of questions that a kid in the fifth grade would know the answers to. But will they leave with dignity intact? Will they prove they are in fact smarter than a fifth grader or admit defeat?

It's the world´s easiest game show, and it finds adults teetering between elation and humiliation, as each one tries to answer the question?. Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?


This is how it works:

The subjects and grade levels are displayed on a board (e.g. Grade 4 Geography, Grade 5 Maths etc.) the contestant can answer them in whatever order they want. Each correct answer moves them higher up the ladder, from $1000 all the way through to $250,000. If they make it that far, they are given the chance to answer one last question for $500,000.

But the stakes are always high; until they hit the $25,000 question, a wrong answer means the contestants go home empty handed. And after that, if they bomb out, then $25,000 is all they get - even if they´re going for half a million.

They do have the option to walk off with their winnings after hearing each question. All our grown ups have to do is turn to the camera and admit, "I am NOT smarter than a 5th Grader!"

Once each question is read, the contestant can walk away, answer...or CHEAT.


Here's how the CHEATS work.

On the show's set is a classroom with five actual students, who come up to help our contestant, two questions per student. The contestant can use their kid partner in three ways:

1. Peek
The contestant can look at their partner's paper to see if their answer helps.
2. Copy
The contestant lets their partner answer for him, but MUST accept the answer sight unseen.
3. Save
This kicks in automatically. If the contestant answers wrong and their partner has answered right, they are saved and live to fight another day.
The contestant can use each of these CHEATS only once. Once all the cheats are gone, their classmates can no longer help them.


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