Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? is a game show based on general knowledge. The game consists of a contestant and a panel of elementary school children. The contestant is asked questions ostensibly from an elementary school curriculum while the children also answer the question simultaneously. The contestant selects one child to help them if they cannot answer the question. They have the option to "copy" the kid's answer (setting whatever the kid answered as their final answer without seeing it first), or "peeking", which allows them to see what the elementary schooler answered. If the contestant cannot answer a question and wishes to claim the money that they have accumulated so far, they must face the audience and "admit" that that are "not smarter than a fifth grader!".