Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Science Literacy Quiz

Darcy Cowan at Sci Blogs has a 28 question science literacy test. Unfortunately, too many of the questions confuse statistics for science*, so it’s more about statistical literacy than it is about science, but it’s still worth a few of your precious minutes.

For what it’s worth, I got 25 out of 28.

[Hat tip Kiwiblog]

* a reliance on induction by enumeration, without reference to causality, about which mere statistics is blind.

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6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

27 / 28 suprisingly, though I did take my time and used a calculator for the math. High school drop out here if it matters (or helps!)

Now if only we could train the nzherald 'journalists' to understand basic scientific method before they regurgitate another press release verbatim...

- Tom

1/23/2013 11:55:00 pm  
Blogger gregster said...

Same here:

"You obtained a final score of 25 out of 28"

For Identifying valid scientific arguments you achieved 3 out of 3 (Q1,8,11)
For Evaluating and distinguishing sources you achieved 3 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 4 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 3 out of 3 (Q16,20,23)
For Interpreting statistics you achieved 3 out of 3 (Q3,19,24)
For Interpreting quantitative data you achieved 2 out of 2 (Q21,28)

1/24/2013 12:25:00 pm  
Anonymous Dolf said...

You obtained a final score of 27 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 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

1/24/2013 02:15:00 pm  
Blogger Richard McGrath said...

I got 26.

1/24/2013 11:29:00 pm  
Blogger Paranormal said...

And I got 25. Misunderstanding a couple of the questions didn't help.

1/25/2013 08:47:00 am  
Blogger Daniel said...

I love how 80% of respondents said they were either not religious or religion wasn't important to them. Very Promising

2/03/2013 12:43:00 am  

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