The Common Good
September-October 2012

SURVEY: Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?

by Elaina Ramsey | September-October 2012

Take a test to measure your “intelligence.”

Kids these days experience a lot of pressure, especially from the onslaught of standardized tests in public schools. Test Anxiety by Jan Resseger in the September-October 2012 issue of Sojourners explains how test scores have become an inefficient way to identify failing schools, measure teacher performance, or assess students’ educational development. And yet, standardized tests are all the rage in public education.

Take five minutes and see if you can make the grade by completing this multiple-choice test based on actual fifth-grade level questions. Don’t worry about recalling history lessons, employing scientific knowledge, or using your artistic intellect. Just like today’s standardized exams taken by children across the country, this test measures your “intelligence” by evaluating only math and reading skills.

And remember, there is no cheating—or googling—allowed. If all else fails, the answer is always C, right?

UPDATE: We have exceeded our limit of survey responses. This test is now closed -- thank you for your interest!

Elaina Ramsey is assistant editor of Sojourners.

Image: Quiz Time, Lisa F. Young /

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