Here’s What Happens When You Get Adults To Do A School Science Test

Acid + base = the early 90s? Oh dear.

Here is a science test we gave the staff at BuzzFeed UK. Try it yourself and see how you compare to us.


The questions all come from Key Stage 3 science, which is taken by 11-14 year olds in England and Wales.

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Don’t worry, we’ll wait.

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All done?

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1. The lowest scorer got a not amazing 8/20. But at least they didn’t fall for thinking Pluto was a planet.


And salt and pepper is half right.

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2. Unfortunately we could only allow one reproduction related answer in question 3.

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3. And while riding bikes, sleeping and paying rent are all important parts of life, biologically you can survive without them.


We’ll need convincing on “envelopes” being necessary, too.

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4. Seriously, nobody knows what the “N” in “MRS GREN” stands for.

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5. Everyone felt very sad about Pluto not being a planet anymore.

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6. If only “respect” was one of the vital life processes.

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7. Ever seen a beach ball in an electronic circuit?

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8. Some were apologetic about their lack of physics knowledge.


And no, the moon is not a planet.

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9. While others boasted about their GCSE results and had no mercy at all for Pluto.


Again: the moon is NOT a planet.

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10. Our top scorer got a respectable 15/20 (despite thinking the solar system has only 7 planets).


Poor rejected magnets.

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Which brings our class average to… 54%!

At least it’s a pass.

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Here are the correct answers.

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Let us know how you did!

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Kelly Oakes is science editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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