Thursday, July 09, 2009

Take the Science Knowledge Quiz

 
The Science Knowledge Quiz is on the PEW website. It's associated with their recent poll on science and attitudes about science.

I don't think this is an accurate quiz about scientific knowledge. Many of the questions concern simple facts about science and technology and not principles or concepts.




6 comments :

  1. 11/12 here...and I agree, not enough conceptual stuff.

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  2. What is truly scary is that any adult would get any of these wrong....

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  3. I would prefer to see a graph with %correct for the 12 questions. I wonder which ones are commonly answered incorrectly.

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  4. They do have some breakdowns by question and demographic when you finish.

    I got 11/12, I flunked the first one (never heard of aspirin being used to reduce the risk of heart attacks). It's kinda funny since for that one I had almost no clue while rest seemed ridiculously easy, but according to the stats the first one was the easiest!

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  5. "Find out how your score compares with other Americans who took the test..."

    I wonder what makes them think I'm American?

    I can see how some might get stuff wrong - I mean, "water on Mars" was a bit of a guess - I know we fond signs of water, but "recently"? Could be anything - maybe they just found a great big sheet of platinum over there in the last month and I didn't see the news report.

    In fact, this is really a general knowledge quiz with a science flavor, isn't it? I think most people (non-scientists) would only know the answers for most of these thanks to media coverage or experiences with their doctors.

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  6. 12/12

    Not really a science quiz, per se... it's more science trivia... but I guess still kinda revealing if you don't pay attention to even basic science news.

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