The National Science Foundation conducts a survey every two to three years to evaluate how good Americans are at science. The questions vary slightly from year to year, but they all have to do with basic facts in physical and biological sciences.
Both the general public and people who have obtained bachelor's degrees were stumped by the quiz. College graduates consistently scored higher than the general public, but didn't earn a perfect score on any question.
See if you can pass the most recent form of the test from 2016.
1. True or false? The center of the Earth is very hot.
Of the general public, 85% got this right, as did 89% of college grads surveyed.
The temperature of Earth's core is an estimated 10,800 degrees Fahrenheit — as hot as the surface of the sun.
2. True or false? The continents have been moving their location for millions of years and will continue to move.
Of all those surveyed, 81% answered correctly, and 87% of college graduates specifically.
Earth's outermost layer, called the lithosphere, is broken into tectonic plates that shift a few inches every year. The theory of plate tectonics posits that the supercontinent Pangea broke apart and that individual continents are still moving thanks to the motion of these plates.