Test your science literacy

January 23rd, 2013 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

Darcy Cowan at Sci Blogs has a 28 question science literacy test.

The test takes a fair while as you really have to think and comprehend some of the questions.

There were a couple of questions where I wasn’t sure about the answer because it was not a right/wrong question but a “What bext explains …” type question.

However I got 28 out of 28, which I am happy with. The full results were:

For Identifying valid scientific arguments you achieved 3 out of 3.

  For Evaluating and distinguishing sources you achieved 6 out of 6

  For Evaluating uses of scientific information you achieved 3 out of 3

  For Evaluating research design you achieved 4 out of 4

  For Making a graph you achieved 1 out of 1

  For Interpreting graphical information you achieved 4 out of 4

  For Quantitative problem solving you achieved 3 out of 3

  For Interpreting statistics you achieved 3 out of 3

  For Interpreting quantitative data you achieved 2 out of 2

If you do the quiz, post your scores below. Note it is a beta and Darcy is after feedback which can be made on the site linked to.

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17 Responses to “Test your science literacy”

  1. anonymouse (652 comments) says:

    I am not sure if it is the power of Kiwiblog or other gremlins, but that link is currently serving up

    “Service Error

    The service you have requested is currently not available. Please try your request again shortly.”

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  2. unitedtribes (24 comments) says:

    That my be because I was hogging the space. Only managed 21 though. Thought that was OK untill I saw that dumb ars Kiwiblog fellow got 28. Must of asked a friend

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  3. Lance (2,311 comments) says:

    Bugger
    24/28

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  4. xy (130 comments) says:

    27/28, darn, that was fun.

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  5. PeterG (21 comments) says:

    Managed 27 out of 28 – missed out on the one about diet coke

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  6. rolla_fxgt (311 comments) says:

    25/28

    A good test, sure made me put the old thinking cap on a few times

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  7. Thrash Cardiom (298 comments) says:

    You obtained a final score of 24 out of 28

    For Identifying valid scientific arguments you achieved 3 out of 3.
    For Evaluating and distinguishing sources you achieved 4 out of 5
    For Evaluating uses of scientific information you achieved 3 out of 3
    For Evaluating research design you achieved 3 out of 4
    For Making a graph you achieved 1 out of 1
    For Interpreting graphical information you achieved 4 out of 4
    For Quantitative problem solving you achieved 3 out of 3
    For Interpreting statistics you achieved 2 out of 3
    For Interpreting quantitative data you achieved 2 out of 2

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  8. brucehoult (185 comments) says:

    27/28. I got #15 wrong. Well, they said it was wrong. I think that’s very arguable. Detailed information is better than summarized, as long as it’s real.

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  9. Yoza (1,353 comments) says:

    21/28 Although I’m buggered if I know how I got the first question wrong:

    “For Q1 your answer was

    A poll revealed that 34% of Americans believe that dinosaurs and early humans co-existed because fossil footprints of each species were found in the same location. This widespread belief is appropriate evidence to support the claim that humans did not evolve from ape ancestors.

    and the correct answer was:

    A strain of mice was genetically engineered to lack a certain gene, and the mice were unable to reproduce. Introduction of the gene back into the mutant mice restored their ability to reproduce. These facts indicate that the gene is essential for mouse reproduction.”

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  10. Kea (10,451 comments) says:

    Where is Griff when we need him :)

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  11. gravedodger (1,426 comments) says:

    This old goat got 21 at 75%, very happy with that.

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  12. transmogrifier (518 comments) says:

    I answered all the questions on my iPad, click ‘Continue’ and….

    get the message “It appears you still have some questions to answer” and it reveals that it didn’t accept any of my choices and I would have to redo the whole thing from scratch!

    So I award myself 28/28 as compensation for the personal humiliation of scoring zero.

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  13. Chaucey (43 comments) says:

    I got 25 out of 28. I was happy enough with my choices on the answers I got “wrong”.

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  14. Michael (880 comments) says:

    26 out of 28 – although I didn’t know what statistical analysis was until my wife (who has done a stats paper) explained it’s a method of measuring confidence in a result.

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  15. Griff (6,263 comments) says:

    28/28
    :shock:

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  16. Gabriel Pollard (9 comments) says:

    I was pleased with my results. 21/28.

    For Identifying valid scientific arguments you achieved 2 out of 3 (Q1,8,11)
    For Evaluating and distinguishing sources you achieved 4 out of 5 (Q10,12,17,22,26)
    For Evaluating uses of scientific information you achieved 3 out of 3 (Q5,9,27)
    For Evaluating research design you achieved 3 out of 4 (Q4,13,14,25)
    For Making a graph you achieved 0 out of 1 (Q15)
    For Interpreting graphical information you achieved 4 out of 4 (Q2,6,7,18)
    For Quantitative problem solving you achieved 1 out of 3 (Q16,20,23)
    For Interpreting statistics you achieved 2 out of 3 (Q3,19,24)
    For Interpreting quantitative data you achieved 2 out of 2 (Q21,28)

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  17. workingman (84 comments) says:

    27/28

    I got 4/5 for evaluating and distinguishing sources

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