Best Free AI Detection Sites

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Teachers have long needed to be vigilant about the originality of their students' work. Yet it's fair to say that at no time in history has it been more difficult to do so than now. Not only does the internet itself provide a vast arena for potential plagiarism, but also the recent widespread availability of generative AI chatbots offers even more temptation to students looking for a shortcut. 

Fortunately for educators, digital AI detection tools have quickly proliferated in response to the new AI-enabled text generators. 

I tested the performance of 13 free AI detection websites, with some surprising results. Many were completely fooled by the ChatGPT text, indicating they haven't kept up with its well-publicized advances. And fewer than half were able to correctly—and with certainty—identify all four trial texts. Caveat emptor? Yep. Your time is worth it. 

How We Tested

  • Text #1: Generated by ChatGPT from the prompt "Write a 500-word essay about causes of the Great Depression." 
  • Text #2: Generated by BARD from the prompt "Describe in 500 words the causes of the American Revolutionary War." 
  • Text #3: This article by Tech & Learning's Erik Ofgang. 
  • Text #4: This article by The New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd. 

The full text or article was used in each trial, unless the platform restricts the number of words or characters. In that case, we entered the maximum allowable text, starting from the beginning. 


AI Writing Check

PROS:  Fast, easy to use. 

CONS: Flubbed ChatGPT text. Maximum 400 words


A free service provided by the nonprofits and Commonlit, AI Writing check was unfortunately fooled entirely by the Chat GPT text. Users can do better. 

Content at Scale AI Content Detector

PROS:  Fast, easy to use. Also offers AI-generated image detection. 

CONS: Not very accurate


Content At Scale's AI Content Dectector provides a sentence-level assessment of likelihood of being AI-generated: Your text is color-coded as "Highly likely," "Possibly," or "Unclear." While this granularity may be appealing, it has to be accurate to be useful. 

Copyleaks AI Content Detector 

PROS:  Very accurate, fast and easy to use. 

CONS: None noted


Copyleaks' free basic AI Content Detector performed perfectly in our tests, flagging all AI content while recognizing the human-created text as such. To gain enhanced functions, such as multiple languages, and more frequent scans, sign up for a free account. 

Crossplag AI Content Detector

PROS: Highly accurate, up to 3,000 words analyzed.

CONS: Free account setup required after four uses. 


Crossplag provides a percentage score representing the likelihood that a given text is AI generated, from 0% to 100%. It's easy to use, and correctly ID'd all four of our testing texts.  

Giant Language Model Test Room

PROS: Provides high-level background information on the technology of generating fake text

CONS: Results are difficult to interpret. 


Think of the Giant Language Model Test Room more as a lesson in principles of AI-generated text than an a practical AI detection tool. But if you or your students want to learn about probability histograms, top k values, and word choice predictions, this site could be very educational. 


PROS Fast. Detailed results without account setup.

CONS Equivocal response for Test Text #2. Account required after several uses. 


Created in response to ChatGPT by a Princeton senior, GPTZero's algorithm is based on "perplexity" and "burstiness," two qualities that reflect the randomness and complexity of writing as interpreted by GPTZero. More random + more complex = human generated.  

Hugging Face 

PROS:  Fast, easy to use. 

CONS: Flubbed ChatGPT text. Maximum 510 words. 

Grade: D

The Hugging Face GPT-2 Output Detector Demo failed the first set of tests roundly, stalling on every text in three different browsers. Given an opportunity several days later, it performed much better, correctly identifying three of the four testing texts. However, given that the current free ChatGPT version is based on the GPT-3.5 architecture, Hugging Face is likely to whiff on any new ChatGPT content. Look elsewhere. 

Open AI Text Classifier

PROS Free, fast.

CONS Not very accurate. 


The AI Text classifier website is upfront about the limitations of the platform, saying it's "not always accurate" and that AI-generated text can easily be edited to evade detection. Of course, no platform is 100%. But its inability to recognize Text 1 as AI (generated by ChatGPT, Open AI's latest product) renders it of dubious value. 

Originality AI

PROS: Fairly accurate, no credit card required to sign up, simple pricing. 

CONS: Account signup required. Partial miss on text 3. 


Sign up and get 50 free credits to get started, after which the cost is a penny per 100 words checked. Originally, the AI had no trouble detecting both AI-generated texts as such. And it correctly tagged text 3 from our own Erik Ofgang as 99% likely human origin. Yet somehow it declared testing text 4, from longtime New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, to be only 58% likely original. I doubt it. 


PROS: Highly accurate, fast, easy to use, no account needed

CONS: None noted


Undetectable AI's main purpose is editing AI-flagged content into writing that's indistinguishable from human-written text, for a price. But its stand-alone AI detection system is free and accurate, correctly evaluating all four texting texts. Bonus: Undetectable AI also shows you how multiple AI detectors view your text. 

Winston A.I

PROS: Fairly accurate

CONS: Account is required to use. Free account limited to 2,000 words monthly


If you have fewer than 2,000 words to check, Winston AI is a great choice, flagging both AI testing texts as not human while generally recognizing the human-created texts as such. For $12 per month, users can submit up to 80,000 words, get printable reports, and upload documents or photos of documents for optical character recognition (OCR). 

Writer AI

PROS: Fast, no account required, clean interface 

CONS: Not very accurate. 1,500 character maximum for one check. 


Not only did Writer AI declare ChatGPT's AI-written text to be "98% Human Generated" but it also commented "Fantastic!" as if to encourage users to create and submit more AI-generated text. Plus the 1,500-character limit is limiting. There are better options. 


PROS: Very accurate, fast, no account required, clean interface. Text suspected to be AI-generated is conveniently highlighted. 

CONS: None noted. 

Grade: A-

Didn't we already cover this one? Nope, that was the similarly-named GPTZero. Zero GPT performed nearly flawlessly in our tests, with the added benefit of highlighting text suspected to be AI-generated. Easy to use and reliable. 

Detailed Table of Results

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Tech & Learning's Test of AI Detection Platforms
AI Detection Platform Text 1: Chat GPTText 2: BARDText 3: OfgangText 4: DowdComment
AI Writing CheckText Written by HumanText Written by AIText Written by HumanText Written by HumanMaximum 400 words
Content at Scale AI Content DetectorFlagged 1 sentence as AI, 7 as possibly and 3 as unclear. 16 sentences not flagged Flagged 4 sentences as AI, 6 possible, 2 unclear. Multiple not flagged. One sentence flagged as "unclear."2 possible, 2 unclearUp to 25,000 characters will be used
Copyleaks 99.9 % probability AI; all sentences flagged99.9 % probability AI; all sentences flaggedThis is human textThis is human textRow 2 - Cell 5
Crossplag100% AI: This text is mainly written by an AI.100% AI: This text is mainly written by an AI.0% AI: This text is mainly written by a human.0% AI: This text is mainly written by a human.3000 word maximum/Create free account after four checks.
Giant Language Model Test Room543/112/37445/56/11747/167/62/24505/133/71/28Top k frequent elements, most predicatable on left
GPTZeroLikely to be written entirely by AIMay include parts written by AILikely to be written entirely by a humanLikely to be written entirely by a humanRow 5 - Cell 5
Hugging Face 97.14% real99.98% fake99.98% real99.98% realRow 6 - Cell 5
Open AI Text ClassifierVery unlikely AI-generated.Possibly AI-generated.Very unlikely AI-generated.Very unlikely AI-generated.Row 7 - Cell 5
Originality AI100% AI- entire text highlighted as 100% confidence100% AI- entire text highlighted as 100% confidence99% orig, 1% AI58% orig/42% AIRow 8 - Cell 5
UNDETECTABLE.AIYour content is detected as written by AIYour content is detected as written by AIYour content appears humanYour content appears humanRow 9 - Cell 5
Winston A.I0% human0% human73% human100% humanRow 10 - Cell 5
Writer AI 98% human-generated Content13% human-generated Content100% human-generated Content100% human-generated ContentRow 11 - Cell 5
ZeroGPT94.68% AI/GPT Generated86.54% AI/GPT GeneratedHuman written (3.93% AI GPT)Human written (5.83% AI GPT)Row 12 - Cell 5

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Diana Restifo

Diana has been Tech & Learning's web editor and contributor since 2010, dedicated to ferreting out the best free tech tools for teachers.