Different kinds of surveys
Once you are registered to the ACOP panel, you will start receiving "screeners" which are short questionnaires requiring less than 5 minutes to fill out.
According to answers you gave to screeners, you will receive appropriate surveys corresponding to your profile. Each invitation for these surveys mentions the amount of money it's worth, ranging from 4 to 50 dollars. The amounts greater than $25 are generally for particular surveys named "online focus groups" in which a small group of panelists are surveyed simultaneously.
In some cases, you will also receive a free product to test and that you can keep at the end of the experience.
Thousands dollars in prizes for the monthly sweepstakes
Screeners give you entries for a monthly draw.
You will also obtain entries just for being a member, even if you did not receive any screeners or surveys during the month. Prizes are $250 cash awards and there's dozens of American members winning each month, for a total value of more than $10,000.
All payments are made by check, which will be e-mailed to your address automatically when you reach $10 on your account (Don't forget to keep your address updated). Sometimes, after completing a survey, you will directly receive a check even the value is less than $10.
Checks are generally sent within 4 weeks.