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Prolific Academic Review – The Best Survey Site. Ever?

Money Saver Pete Survey Site Reviews 6 Comments

Take a look at my Prolific Academic review to see why this is one of the sites you must sign up to if you’re serious about earning money in your spare time.

In my quest for making money at home, I’ve recently signed up for several survey sites. And after reading a glowing Prolific Academic review, I decided that this sounded like one of the best.

For those that have signed up to survey sites before, you’ll notice that most of them are about companies or products. That’s fine of course because they’re after your opinion and are happy to pay. However, it can become a little tedious over the course of a day answering the same questions again and again.

Prolific Academic breaks this tedium and you can sometimes earn some decent money too.

Who is Prolific Academic?

Prolific is a UK company based in Oxfordshire and has been operating since 2014. Taken from their website:

Researchers want to understand how people feel, think and behave. On Prolific, you get paid cash for taking part in engaging research (no silly points or prize draws). No PhDs required!

Take part in engaging research, earn cash, and help improve human knowledge.

What kinds of studies are there?

Surveys, games or studies about scientific research, new products or public opinion. From minutes to hours, to multi-part studies over longer periods, it’s always up to you what studies to participate in.

The good

Prolific Academic is slightly different from many other survey sites. It is mainly used by people from universities who study people’s behaviour. For example, I’ve had surveys (also known as studies) about how I deal with negative emotions (I send them to their room until bedtime), and how I deal with my boss and colleagues at work.

I’ve played games, watched videos and shared my thoughts on them and had to complete various tests.

The pay is generally far more than other survey sites too. And let’s be honest, that’s why we’re here.

There are often opportunities to earn bonuses too. Do well in certain surveys, and you can get paid extra.

The bad

The only real downside to Prolific Academic is that you have to be quick to find the surveys. Most have limited spaces, ranging from between 10 up to several hundred. And when you have tens of thousands of potential participants, they can fill up quickly.

Holiday times can be fairly quiet for surveys. As the majority are written by students, most won’t be at university and you will see a drop in your earning potential. So if you join during the summer, don’t be too disheartened, late July and August can be a little quiet.

It can take a while for payments to be approved by survey owners. Although most are confirmed within a day, some can take several weeks.

The money

Pay can vary wildly, but Prolific has a minimum payment of £5 per hour. The majority of surveys pay between £7-9.

If you’re lucky enough, you can find some real gems. I have found surveys that require you to complete short questionnaires every day for a small reward. Then at the end of the week, you get an even bigger payout. For example, this survey below paid out the equivalent of £84 per hour!


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Below you can see that since I joined just over 2 years ago, I have earned over £1700. And that doesn’t include bonuses, which takes my total to over £1900!

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Once you’ve built up at least £5, you can withdraw into your PayPal. Although it used to cost to do this, since June 2019, it has been free.

How long it takes for the money to reach you does depend though. My cashouts are instant and the money is in my account in seconds.

On the other hand, when my wife withdraws money, it can take up to a week.

My Prolific Academic review

I cannot recommend this site enough. I have tried many survey sites, and this is by far the most interesting and best paid. If there were enough surveys available, this is the one site you could actually earn a full-time living from.

Click on the button below to start earning.

Sign up to Prolific Academic >>

If my Prolific Academic review hasn’t convinced you, take a look at my best paid survey sites.

Some tips for Prolific Academic

Make sure that you validate your account. That does mean providing a phone number. If you don’t, you can sit there for several days asking yourself why you haven’t received any surveys. Apparently.

Also, make sure that you complete your profile questions too. This allows Prolific to select you for appropriate surveys. I didn’t for the first week or so, and although I received some surveys, it was nothing compared to what I received once I completed my profile.

There are some specific extensions for Prolific which you can add to your browser. They can make a noise to let you know when a new survey is available. This is the Prolific browser extension available for Chrome users.

And remember, sign-up as a participant and not a researcher. Unless, of course, you want to start setting your own surveys.

One other thing…

Both my wife and I are members of Prolific. We have a similar background, and the only real difference is that she is self-employed and I’m not. However, she receives far more surveys than me, perhaps even twice the amount.

I have no idea why. And it annoys me that even though we both have email notifications turned on, only she receives them.

Comments 6

  1. Where is the profile I need to complete? I can’t seem to find it. This looks really interesting too

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      Hi Hannah,
      From what I can remember, you need to click on the account button in the top right corner. Then scroll down and there should be a list of questions. I do think it may have taken a couple of days for the questions to show. Or it may be that I just wasn’t very observant. Which I think is more likely… Best of luck!

      1. Thanks Pete. I’ve done that and get random questions in green boxes slide in. I’ve answered them. Does that sound like the right ones?

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          Yep, those sound like the questions you need. Well done for getting there much quicker than me!

  2. Hello Money Saver Pete, Joined this site on the 12/4/2019, everything was okay except they put me ” on hold” I am still on hold now and the only email from them was to blame the internet I am using, I have sent three more emails since, and no one replies to me, this does not seem very friendly or helpful to me, are they ever going to accept me. How am I going to deal with a site that won’t even speak to you? Any advice you can give me?

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      Hi Terry. I’m sorry to hear you’re having problems. I too was put on hold (probably over a year ago) but it was quickly sorted after an email. Are you using internet that possibly reroutes your location? My work internet makes it look like I’m in France, so I can’t use it for surveys.
      That doesn’t excuse Prolific for not replying though, so I can only suggest to keep contacting them.
      But… I have had experiences with survey companies just completely blanking me no matter what I’ve tried. It’s the first I’ve heard from Prolific though. Sorry I can’t be much help and good luck.

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