Pew Research Center/Smithsonian

Do you know more about science and technology than the average American?

Take our 13-question quiz to test your knowledge of scientific concepts. Then see how you did in comparison with the 1,006 randomly sampled adults asked the same questions in a national poll conducted by the Pew Research Center and Smithsonian magazine.

The analysis of the findings from the poll can be found in the full report. (No peeking! If you are going to take the quiz, do it first before reading the analysis.)

Question 1 of 13

All radioactivity is man-made. Is this statement…

Question 2 of 13

Electrons are smaller than atoms. Is this statement…

Question 3 of 13

Lasers work by focusing sound waves. Is this statement…

Question 4 of 13

The continents on which we live have been moving their location for millions of years and will continue to move in the future. Is this statement…

Question 5 of 13

Which one of the following types of solar radiation does sunscreen protect the skin from?

Question 6 of 13

Does nanotechnology deal with things that are extremely…

Question 7 of 13

Which gas makes up most of the Earth’s atmosphere?

Question 8 of 13

What is the main function of red blood cells?

Question 9 of 13

Which of these is a major concern about the overuse of antibiotics?

Question 10 of 13

Which is an example of a chemical reaction?

Question 11 of 13

Which is the better way to determine whether a new drug is effective in treating a disease? If a scientist has a group of 1,000 volunteers with the disease to study, should she…

Question 12 of 13

What gas do most scientists believe causes temperatures in the atmosphere to rise?

Question 13 of 13

Which natural resource is extracted in a process known as “fracking”?

Demographic Question

Are you:

Demographic Question

What is your age?

Demographic Question

What is the last grade or class that you completed in school?