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http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2011/1209/Are-you-scientifi...

I scored 45 / 50 with no cheating and taking the quiz pretty quickly (less than 15 minutes). I missed 6, 9, 44, 45, 47.

I know, I know, some of the questions are a bit silly for a science literacy test. But that's how these things always go.

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My score on the science literacy test was...
46 - 50
41 - 45
36 - 40
31 - 35
26 - 30
21 - 25
16 - 20
11 - 15
6 - 10
0 - 5
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In terms of scientific literacy, I haven't even learned the alphabet yet.

I started the quiz, then realised that any answer I got right was basically a guess, so stopped at around question 12.
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44/50.

But I accidently answered how many nanometres in a metre and not a centimetre for 6. blush

Others I got wrong: 13, 18, 23, 41 and 47
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36/50. 4 or 5 of those I got wrong were silly mistakes from rushing, the rest I genuinely didn't know.
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Dolphinandrew wrote:

But I accidently answered how many nanometres in a metre and not a centimetre for 6. blush


Exact same thing I did
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I got 45 right without cheating or looking things up.

I had to guess on 2 questions (the "-nimbus" question and the catalyzer question) and got one of them right. I learned that the catalyzer is made of Palladium, not Platinum as I thought. At least it was good for something and quite entertaining during lunch break.

At now I know that my 15 years of scientific training were not in vain
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39/50

But, the quiz was clearly biased. The quiz ought not to be exclusionary and allow the ignorant to do as well as those who know the answers.
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45 for me.

Fat fingered age of universe.

Heaviest noble gas, ancestor of human continent, meiosis vs mitosis and catalytic converter were my slip ups.
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39/50

missed 6,9,12,16,17,18,23,29,37,40,44

A lot of those were reaching waaaaay back to the last time I had a science class (high school). At least I got the Bible one right. That would have been embarrassing, no?
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I got the first ten right, so, lacking the time and patience to continue, I'm just going to assume the rest will give me no trouble... cool
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mdp4828 wrote:
Dolphinandrew wrote:

But I accidently answered how many nanometres in a metre and not a centimetre for 6. blush


Exact same thing I did


Seriously, who uses centimetres!
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This reminded me of an upper-classman whose pastime was the ability to convert between any two given numbers by finding the right unit. So, you might say 10 Kg and 0.074 and he'd come back later with 0.074 erg-m2/deciwatt ohm cubit, or some non-sensical unit.

I found it interesting how it demonstrates the interconnectivity of, well, everthing.
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Dolphinandrew wrote:
mdp4828 wrote:
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But I accidently answered how many nanometres in a metre and not a centimetre for 6. blush


Exact same thing I did


Seriously, who uses centimetres!


You'd be surprised how particular units become cultural. In Canada one would say, "give me 500 g of ham." In Hungary, they'd say "50 deka, please," meaning 50 dekagrams.
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36 and that was a poorly designed site, having to click to see if you were right and then again to continue.
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47/50

I got 22, 35, and 47 wrong. To be fair the logarithmic base is really a math question, and I never had a meteorology class.

I'm also a science teacher with a Masters degree, so I guess it's not really fair.
 
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isaacc wrote:
You'd be surprised how particular units become cultural. In Canada one would say, "give me 500 g of ham." In Hungary, they'd say "50 deka, please," meaning 50 dekagrams.


Oh, sure. I mean, my friends (that are my age or less) can all be divided into those who know feet and inches (=those who miniature gamed) and those who don't (=everyone else).

But it's a science quiz! A centimetre is perverse a measurement as hectometre.
 
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31, worst of everyone according to the poll, but fk that, I've got common sense and a gun

The result coincides with my age ... so I suppose I'll get back in 19 years and pwn the bruomosfloriscide out of you
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31, worst of everyone according to the poll, but fk that, I've got common sense and a gun

The result coincides with my age ... so I suppose I'll get back in 19 years and pwn the bruomosfloriscide out of you


Don't worry; I think if I'd continued to the end, I wouldn't have got more than 12.
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41. I was surprised at how many of them could be answered with non-scientific information. A little familiarity with Greek and Latin was awesome. Heck, even Poe's "The Raven" can help (if you happen to recall that it includes the line, "pallid bust of Pallas" and know that the bust was Athena, not that I have any idea how that stuck in my head).
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38/50..
Of the twelve I missed, I picked the correct answer on 7 of them but changed my answer before checking! shake
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48. Got the zygote and coefficient of friction questions wrong.
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44 here, missed 9,15,25,29,38 and 47.

I would not have done nearly as well without the multiple choice options.

In all but the last, my second choice was the right one.

15 has always given me fits for some reason (and I have degrees in ME and EE )

I think I knew the answer to 25, but the name threw me off...

for 29, I had ruled out the correct answer due to "knowing" it was higher so took the answer I did by default.


38, I overthought it.

Interesting quiz, but I agree that knowing some Greek roots helped as much as my science education.
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I got an incomplete.


Ditto.

That wasn't a test, it was the nerd-equivalent of Kookie and his comb. Think about it - does it really matter in the greater scheme of things which of Newton's Laws was the "first"?

It wasn't even a fun test because it didn't have any pictures.



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41/50

I'd make a lousy biologist.
 
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I scored a 34/50. Pretty angry at myself, though, since I could have had around a 40/50 if I had just trusted my first answer on a few. Oh well, good to know that after being out of school for over 10 years, I still haven't learned to NOT change your answers. laugh
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