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Smart enough to work for Uncle Sam?

Posted Friday, March 12, 2010, at 3:26 PM

Do you think well enough to work for the government?

Try your skills on the 2010 Census Exam www.2010census.biz/2010censusjobs/docume... and find out.

A passing grade is 10 out of the 28 questions, which means that if schools graded like the government a lot more people would have high school diplomas. In their defense, higher scores meant a better chance of being selected as a census worker.

The time limit for the actual test is 30 minutes.

So far I haven't found time to take the test myself. But some of the questions looked easy; others may require some deeper thinking.

NOTE: The first two reader comments refer to a botched (on my part) attempt to post the census web address. Should be fixed now, even if I had make the ugly old URL visible.


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I had to go look David, but the link comes back to this blog. Is that the test?

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Mar 12, 2010, at 3:01 PM

OK I failed, the test came back to this blog, I tried three times before I gave up...The government expects you to give up after one try.

-- Posted by chs61 on Fri, Mar 12, 2010, at 3:10 PM

Works now.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Mar 13, 2010, at 6:55 AM

Ok I missed 7, but I may have taken a wee bit longer then 30 mins.

-- Posted by bellbuckletn on Sat, Mar 13, 2010, at 9:47 PM

I missed 0 and took 20 minutes. Maybe I should be a census worker haha!

-- Posted by Chad O on Mon, Mar 15, 2010, at 1:36 PM


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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.