American Civics Literacy Quiz

Are you more knowledgeable about our country’s history and politics than the average American? Here’s your chance to find out.

The Intercollegiate Studies Institute has an American Civics Literacy Quiz you can take online. The quiz has 33 questions.

The average score for the 2,508 Americans who have taken the quiz was 49%. A sub-group within those 2,508 Americans — college educators –scored not much better than the overall population, at 55%, which means that America’s college instructors and professors get only a little more than half of the questions right!

Worse still, ISI found that America’s elected officials scored lower, i.e., worse, than the general public. To see how our elected officials did on each question, GO HERE, but please take the quiz first!

Can you do better?

Questions on the quiz were drawn from past ISI surveys, as well as other nationally recognized exams.

To take the quiz, CLICK HERE.

How did you do? (My score is 93.94%: 31 out of 33)

UPDATE (JUNE 13, 2019):

Alas, the links to the actual Intercollegiate Studies Institute quiz and how our elected officials scored on the quiz now gets an ERROR message. Don’t know why ISI took them down. But you can find the quiz here, then calculate your own score.

~Eowyn

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Herbert Rash
Herbert Rash
9 years ago

scored 27 of 33 right 81.82%

DCG
DCG
9 years ago
Reply to  Herbert Rash

Same score for me as well!

Lilly G
Lilly G
9 years ago

84.85% not too shabby. 😉

PappyCrux
PappyCrux
9 years ago

Glory be! I got a 100%

igor
igor
9 years ago

i got 28 out of 33 .

Anonymous
Anonymous
9 years ago

Got 31 of 33… 93.94%.

James L Habermehl
James L Habermehl
9 years ago

Eowyn, I got all 33 right.
“You answered 33 out of 33 correctly — 100.00 %”
I shudder to think what the honest results would be for our elected officials.

Dave
Editor
Dave
9 years ago

I got 90.91 % (30 out of 33).
-Dave

hrmfc
9 years ago

27/33 🙂

Candance Moore
Candance Moore
9 years ago

30/33

Paulo
Paulo
9 years ago

I scored 26 out of 33. It is curious if you think that I’m not an american and that I don’t live now, nor have ever lived, in the US. How come I still scored more than the majority of the americans??? Very curious!!!

Dave
Editor
Dave
9 years ago
Reply to  Paulo

Probably because you weren’t “educated” in American schools run by the government.
-Dave

kangerew
8 years ago

21 out of 33 (88%) – a bit embarrassing as I’m British.

kangerew
8 years ago

21 out of 33 (88%) – a bit embarrassing as I’m British. Wonder how you’d get on with the British constitution? (Ours is not written down so it’s a bit vague in places)

Renee V Raia
7 years ago

I got a 74.something, I liked the questions about history but the $ questions not so much. I did not google the answers or I would have gotten 100%

Winged Hussar 1683
Winged Hussar 1683
7 years ago

I got 32/33, and made a really stupid mistake on the one I missed. (I relied on the principle that the rights to life, liberty, and property are natural rights that it is the duty of a government to defend, and didn’t pay attention to the actual wording of the Declaration).
Question: Which of the following are the unalienable rights referred to in the Declaration of Independence?
Your Answer: life, liberty, and property
Correct Answer: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness

Hank Staniszewski
Hank Staniszewski
7 years ago

You answered 26 out of 33 correctly — 78.79 % Made some dumb mistakes.

Keith Garrison
7 years ago

29 out of 33 87.88% good quiz. Of the 4 I missed I knew 2 but didn’t remember. The other 2 just didn’t know

Hap
Hap
7 years ago

I certainly did better than I anticipated.
You answered 31 out of 33 correctly — 93.94%
I missed:
Question: If taxes equal government spending, then:
Your Answer: government debt is zero
Correct Answer: tax per person equals government spending per person on average

And…
Question: If taxes equal government spending, then:
Your Answer: government debt is zero
Correct Answer: tax per person equals government spending per person on average

Hap
Hap
7 years ago
Reply to  Hap

Oops. I miss pasted the second one which was about the fundamental beliefs of the Puritans.

Cholly
Cholly
7 years ago

I got 26 of 33 (78.79 %). That makes me too smart to be a politician.

sftobey
6 years ago

I just found this site. Thank you so much for your efforts! On the quiz I got 29 out of 33 correct (87.88%). Not bad…

Steve
Steve
6 years ago
Reply to  Dr. Eowyn

sftobey, may I second that welcome.
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sftobey
6 years ago
Reply to  Dr. Eowyn

Thank you. Very happy to be here.

sftobey
6 years ago
Reply to  Dr. Eowyn

Thank you, Dr. Eowyn. Very happy to be here. And I want to thank you very much for your efforts.

sftobey
6 years ago
Reply to  Dr. Eowyn

Oh, and one of the questions I missed was about FDR threatening to pack the SCOTUS with like-minded socialists. He not only threatened, he did precisely that! (Thought it might have been a “trick” question. ;D)

Guy Snedeker
6 years ago

Missed one. Now exploring the site. Thanks for having it.

andrew
andrew
4 years ago

82 percent 28 out of 33

archecotech
3 years ago

I got 90.91 % (30 out of 33). Was a bit surprised, but then again I kind of rushed through the questions. The couple I missed I wasn’t quite sure about anyway. Enjoyed exploring the blog.

archecotech
3 years ago
Reply to  Dr. Eowyn

That’s hard to believe. They should be required by law to have a solid understanding of constitutional principles. It would certainly mean that the direction of government could be corrected without a radical change of representatives in government. Suspect a house cleaning is coming and none to soon. Otherwise I suspect the “Constitution” itself is in grave trouble.

Harry
Harry
3 years ago

Haha I scored 79% and Im not American, Im British. That was fun – thanks.

Glenn
Glenn
3 years ago

25 out 33 – My memory is getting a little fuzzy in my old age. Luckily I remembered strategies for taking multiple answer tests. Six that I missed came down to one of two answers.