Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Blog Stuff: Test Junkie.

A link from Better And Better sent me to find out if I got the taxpayer's money's worth out of my dimly-remembered high school education. You be the judge:

You paid attention during 91% of high school!

85-100% You must be an autodidact, because American high schools don't get scores that high! Good show, old chap!

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I must've dropped a question or two (there has to be weighting; can't be a straight percentage if I got 91% and there were 18 questions.) If I dropped one, I'd guess it to be the one about the area of a triangle. Mathematics and geometry were never my strong suits; I vaguely remember how to find the length of the hypothenuse (which is a Greek word meaning "the upstairs bathroom is occupied"), but the area? I'm throwing darts at the answers.

The only other one I could possibly have missed is #10, the one about the three largest religions. If the test writer claims I answered any of the others incorrectly, then the test writer is wrong. ;)

24 comments:

3yellowdogs said...

Not sure how they calculate. I had 21 questions and scored, ehem, 97%.

Incontrovertible proof of my enduring geekdom.

Tam said...

My bad. There were 19 questions (Although there are 21 total, I don't think the first two are scored. ;))

Still, though, if I got 17 right, that'd be an 89, and if I got eighteen, then that should score a 95, n'est ce pas?

TD said...

Weird, I swear I left a comment, but it seems to have vanished in the tubes.

91% here as well. Oddly enough, I can't seem to get a 100% score, even after checking my answers...

Zendo Deb said...

Someone was claiming that the test creator got 2 or 3 of her own questions wrong.

Anonymous said...

I scored a 97, but I think that was luck because I basically guessed on the triangle question (geometry isn't my strong suit either).

Chris

Jeff the Baptist said...

100%. The hypotenuse was actually something to throw you off. You just had to know base*height/2 to get the area, just like any other triangle. I had to think about the Shakespeare and Columbus questions.

T.Stahl said...

Scored 91% as well. I probably lost points in the art questions and the one asking what's a 'dangling modifier'.

HollyB said...

I found that quiz on "Blonde Sagacity" here on blogspot. Copied it onto my blog which is where the SNSS found it. They have lots of other funny quizzes. I also took the one about "How big a Bi+ch are you?" and "Would you Kill someone?" Found out I'm not as big a Bi+ch as I thought I was, but I DO need to stay away from folks who annoy me, lest I kill someone. Just thought I'd share.

Tennessee Budd said...

I got 91 as well. I knew bh times 0.5; I also know that Columbus was in the Bahamas in 1492, which to me isn't really North America. Then again, 1983, when I got my diploma, was a long time ago.

Kaylee said...

97% - neener! :)

Guesstimated on the religion one, decided Iran was more Persian/Caucaus than Arabic and just plain guessed on the sentence structure one. (Which given that I have a BA in English ain't saying much I guess.) :p

treefroggy said...

I got 100%, even though I graduated in 1491. I just guessed at the answer about that Columbus guy.

Lizard said...

The hypoteneuse was a red herring. Any right triangle is half a rectangle; multiply the length and the height to find the area of said rectangle, then divide in half. (Actually, this works evne for non-right triangles.)

97% here! So why did I do so poorly in actual school? (I mean, besides the part where I was bored silly and so pretty much worked on my own projects during class instead of paying attention...)

Honestly, most of the questions were more logic puzzles and trick questions than actual tests of knowledge.

less said...

100% here...

Right Triangle Area == .5 x Base x Height

Columbus never reached North America. He only hit Central America.

It is Mary's Conception, not Jesus.
(Jesus was the result of Mary's Conception.)

Some of the other quizes are fun to, but back to REAL work!!

Gordon R. Durand said...

Number 2 was a trick question: Nouns have gender; people have sex.

DirtCrashr said...

100%... What a bore I was. Allk's I remember is the hypotenuse thing went 3-4-5-6.

BryanP said...

97% here. Although I freely admit I was guessing on two of them.

I wasn't guessing on Iran though. Remind me some time to tell you about The Mad Persian. Someone called her an Arab. T'wasn't a pretty sight.

Ulises from California said...

I suppose now is not the time to tell you that I scored 97%. I wasn't too good on the triangle, either.

BryanP said...

After going back and testing it, it looks like I got #17 wrong. The dangling modifier. That's no surprise to anyone who reads my comments. :)

pax said...

100%.

Autodidact.

Nearly flunked high school out of sheer lazy refusal to do anything I considered busy work -- which would be, of course, all homework.

Christina said...

100%
Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I didn't go to school in the U.S....
(ducking for cover)
;-)

less said...

Pax, I hear you!!
Takes one to know one!

Rustmeister said...

74%

Too much time hanging out at the smoke hole....

Anonymous said...

Area of a right triangle is simple. Take the area of a corresponding rectangle, then divide by 2. A*B/2.

triticale said...

I learned a lot while in high school. Most of it I learned in the park across the street.