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.

Don’t worry, we’ll wait.

All done?

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.

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


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.

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


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


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


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


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


And no, the moon is not a planet.

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


Again: the moon is NOT a planet.

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


Poor rejected magnets.

Which brings our class average to… 54%!

At least it’s a pass.

Here are the correct answers.


Let us know how you did!

Check out more articles on!

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

    Starting soon, you'll only be able to post a comment on BuzzFeed using a Facebook account or via our app. If you have questions or thoughts, email us here.


    Now Buzzing