Test Your Culture reports how many cultural items a test-taker knows out of the top 10,000 — for example, 3,000 or 4,000.
But the number by itself doesn’t mean very much — what matters is how it compares with others. And the standard way to measure that is using a percentile. A percentile tells you what percentage of a population has reached a given score, and therefore how any particular score “stacks up.”
We already report a percentile along with each test-taker’s result, but some of you have been asking to see all percentiles. So here you go — current* percentiles for Test Your Culture results, for Americans aged 18+, which is also our first reported research results.
Test Your Culture ranks the top 10,000 cultural Wikipedia articles in the English language, based on page traffic over the past 5 years.
A common question we’ve gotten is, what are the top items? (Especially since the quiz never displays them all at once, and doesn't necessarily show them in order of popularity either.)
So without further ado, here are the top 50 items, together with their current* relative popularities (and additional commentary below).
Interested in the full story of how Test Your Culture was built, and the data science behind it? Check out this Medium post which dishes all the details:
When people talk about how smart someone is, they usually think of IQ. Or if they’re in school, maybe they think about SAT scores or grades. Or if they’ve graduated from college, it might be about academic degrees, or job expertise.
But there’s another kind of intelligence we rarely talk about, which is cultural intelligence. How in tune with the world are you, in all its parts? How many authors do you know about? Politicians? Musical artists? Films?