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Jan 28 2018
07:17 am

A study by the Joe Foss Institute tested 25,000 United States citizens across the country with a shortened version of the naturalization test.

Tennessee ranked last in the country and was the only state where average scores were lower then the minimum percent to pass.

South Dakota received the highest average score.

The youngest group, 18 to 24-year olds scored an average of 6.66. The oldest age group scored an average of 7.38.

Why does this not surprise me? However, I am a little surprised about the score gap between the ages. I thought if you were young you would remember more what you learned in school than the elders.

Take the 10 question test yourself.

bizgrrl's picture

I don't know when the Joe

I don't know when the Joe Foss Institute performed the test, but as of Jan. 1, 2017 Tennessee is requiring "all of the state’s high school students to take a civics test like those administered to immigrants during the naturalization process."

The students are not required to pass the test.

WhitesCreek's picture

Got a 9 but...

That test illustrates what I dislike most about typical history tests. They are more along the line of "When was the Magna Carta signed?" instead of "What was the major significance of the Magna Carta?"

Most people won't know either answer but the latter has relevance today, whereas the former is merely a trivia trinket.

fischbobber's picture

10

I missed my calling. I should have been an immigrant.

VolDog's picture

Assumptions

I would agree with your assumption - "However, I am a little surprised about the score gap between the ages. I thought if you were young you would remember more what you learned in school than the elders."

The fallacy is that the young are not taught the same.

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