A classmate of mine recently sent me a link to an interesting and fairly short “civic literacy” test. It is sponsored by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI), a conservative educational non-profit organization founded by, among others, William F. Buckley. It’s only 33 questions, so it doesn’t take long. I found it to be good brain food and a nice review, especially timely for this contentious political year. Helpfully, it will not only tell you your score at the end but show your wrong answers with the right ones.
The Institute says this about the test:
Full Civic Literacy Exam (from our 2008 survey)
Are you more knowledgeable than the average citizen? The average score for all 2,508 Americans taking the following test was 49%; college educators scored 55%. Can you do better? Questions were drawn from past ISI surveys, as well as other nationally recognized exams.