Be a Contestant on 'Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?'

Take Your Seat in the 5th Grade Class

Please note: 'Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?' has recently returned to the FOX schedule after several years of being off the air. The following article is for reference purposes only - please watch the show on FOX or visit the official website to learn more about casting if and when another new season is ordered. Scroll down to the bottom of this article for current resources for Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader casting news and updates.

Think you can outsmart a ten-year-old? If you've got the guts to go on national television and struggle with fifth-grade textbook questions, then Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? is the show for you!

The Rules

This is one of those shows with lots of eligibility requirements, which include:

  • You must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of the United States.
  • You must not be a candidate for public office, and must not become a candidate for at least one year after the broadcast of the show you appear on.
  • You must agree to provide background information and allow producers to conduct a background check, as well as a longer follow-up interview.
  • All travel or other expenses are your own during the interview process.
  • You must be willing to spend up to 8 days in Hollywood during the final selection process. Travel, food, and hotel expenses will be covered by production.
  • Producers are not obligated to select anyone, and all producer's decisions are final.

    This is just an overview – please see the application form itself for detailed rules and requirements. Also, make sure that you follow all of the instructions to the letter. The last thing you want to do is to kill your chances of being on the show because you didn't follow the instructions correctly.

    Have someone you trust look over your application to make sure that it's in tip-top shape before sending it off.

    The Application Package

    The application form must be filled out entirely. They ask that you only write on one side of the paper, but if you need extra space you can attach additional sheets of paper. You are also required to include a recent photo of yourself, labeled with your name on the back. Finally, a name and likeness release form is required, and this is included with the application form.

    Mail your completed application package to:

    Are You Smarter Then a 5th Grader?
    P.O. Box 503
    149 S. Barrington Ave.
    Los Angeles, CA
    90049-3310

    Please keep in mind that this contestant address may no longer be in use - since the show was taken off the air and then returned, the casting process may have changed. As always, make sure that your information is up to date before acting on it. Good luck!

    2015 Update: While this show is currently back on the air, all of the contestants for the current season have been cast. If another season is ordered, the process for applying is explained clearly here, and you can keep your eye on this Facebook page for information and news. I will update this page if the show makes a permanent comeback and will be sticking around for longer than just the current season.