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# Can You Pass This Controversial Second-Grade Test? (It’s Harder Than You Think!)

## More importantly, do you think a second grader could pass it?

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## So, what’s controversial about it?

In 2016, many parents in the U.K. became upset about a standardized test that their young children had to take, claiming that it was too rigorous. The test was given to students in Year 2 (what we would call second grade in the U.S.), mainly seven- and eight-year-olds. The questions covered a variety of subjects in math, English, and science. Some of them were very simple about subjects such as punctuation marks and shapes. But others assessed skills like parts of speech, division, and even fractions. To top it all off, most of the questions on the test didn’t have multiple choice answers.

The 14 questions in this “test” are modeled after the ones in the real exam, and we’ve given multiple choice answers for all of them. Give it a try, and see if you agree with the protesting parents that it’s too tough for a second grader. Turns out parents aren’t the only ones that don’t like standardized tests. Learn the 33 secrets teachers won’t tell you.

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## Place the comma in this sentence:

“Lucy took some red green and yellow marbles out of the box.”

A. Lucy took some red, green and yellow marbles out of the box.

B. Lucy took some red green and, yellow marbles out of the box.

C. Lucy took, some red green and yellow marbles out of the box.

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## Answer:

A. Lucy took some red, green and yellow marbles out of the box.

The comma separates the first two adjectives. Try to solve these brain teasers that will leave you stumped.

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## Find the missing number:

45 + ? = 63

A. 15

B. 22

C. 18

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## Answer:

C. 18

While this may look like an addition problem, it’s actually a subtraction problem. To find the missing number, you need to subtract the other addend, 45, from the sum, 63.

63 45 = 18

Feeling okay about second-grade math? Let’s see how you fare with this fifth-grade math test.

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## Choose the correct punctuation mark to end this sentence:

“Can you buy the candy that I like__”

A. Period .

B. Colon :

C. Question mark ?

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## Answer:

C. Question mark ?

The sentence is a question, so there should be a question mark at the end. Make sure you’re not making these silly punctuation mistakes.

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## Basic fractions:

2/3 of 30 = ?

A. 20

B. 10

C. 23

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## Answer:

A. 20

20 is two-thirds of 30. 30 divided by 3 is 10, and 10 times 2 is 20.

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## Which of the following sentences is a statement?

A. Can you please clean up your room?

B. Ralph took out the trash barrels.

C. What a great movie!

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## Answer:

B. Ralph took out the trash barrels.

This is the only statement, since it states a fact. Option A was a question, while option C was an exclamation. Check out these brain games that will boost your brain power.

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## Choose the correct fraction:

Melanie cuts a pie into four equal slices and then eats two of the slices. What fraction of the pie did she eat?

A. 1/2

B. 1/4

C. 1/8

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## Answer:

A. 1/2

Since the slices are all of equal size, and two is half of four, Melanie ate 1/2 of the pie.

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## What type of sentence is this?

“Put the painting on the windowsill to dry.”

A. Question

B. Statement

C. Command

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## Answer:

C. Command

The sentence instructs someone to do something, so it is a command.

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## What is this shape called?

A. Hexagon

B. Octagon

C. Pentagon

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## Answer:

A. Hexagon

The shape has six sides, so it is a hexagon. Here’s a more challenging shape conundrum: Try to figure out how many triangles are in this image.

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## In this sentence, what type of word is “gently”?

“Peter gently picked up the kitten.”

A. Adverb

B. Verb

C. Adjective

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## Answer:

A. Adverb

Because it describes how an action is done, “gently” is an adverb. Also, see if you can solve 25 of the most challenging riddles ever.

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## How many flowers are left?

Maggie plants three rows of flowers, with three flowers in each row. A rabbit eats two of the flowers. How many flowers are left?

A. 9

B. 7

C. 3

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## Answer:

B. 7

There are two steps to this math problem. There are three rows, each with three flowers. 3 times 3 is 9. Subtracting the two flowers that the rabbit ate from the total of nine flowers gives you seven flowers.

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## Which word in the following sentence is not a noun?

“Sandra has a huge pet dog that weighs more than her baby brother.”

A. Dog

B. Huge

C. Brother

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## Answer:

B. Huge

A noun is a person, place, or thing. An adjective describes a noun, so “huge” is an adjective because it describes the dog. Can you guess what the most-used noun in English is?

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## Early multiplication and division:

4 x 6 = 3 x ?

A. 5

B. 10

C. 8

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## Answer:

C. 8

4 times 6 is 24. 24 divided by 3 is 8, so 3 x 8 is 24, the same as 4 x 6. 8 is the missing number. Too easy for you? If you can solve this math problem, you might be a genius.

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## Which word is the proper noun in this sentence?

“On the day of the school concert, Amy made sure to grab her violin before she left.”

A. School

B. Amy

C. Violin

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## Answer:

B. Amy

Since Amy is a name and describes a specific person, it’s a proper noun.

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## Choose the sentence that is correct.

A. Eddie saw his friend at the movies and says hi.

B. Eddie sees his friend at the movies and said hi.

C. Eddie saw his friend at the movies and said hi.

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## Answer:

C. Eddie saw his friend at the movies and said hi.

This is the only sentence where both verbs are in the same tense (past tense).

How did you do? Even if you did well, do you think a test with questions like these would be too hard for a second-grader? If you want to test your intelligence even further, try out these weird brain exercises that can help you get smarter.

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Meghan Jones is a word nerd who has been writing for RD.com since 2017. You can find her byline on pieces about grammar, fun facts, the meanings of various head-scratching words and phrases, and more. Meghan graduated from Marist College with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 2017; her creative nonfiction piece “Anticipation” was published in the Spring 2017 issue of Angles literary magazine.