Could You Pass This Middle School Exam?

How would you have done as a middle school student 100 years ago? Thanks to this cool copy of an official 8th grade exam from 1912, you can now can find out.

The test focuses on Spelling, Reading, Arithmetic, Grammar, Geography, Physiology and Civil Government.

And let me tell you, it’s tricky. I was surprised at how detailed and tough some of these questions are.

Take a look for yourself, and let me know how you did in the comments section. Good luck.

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Want the answers? Click here.

Thanks to Bullitt County History for the awesome resource.

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40 Responses to “Could You Pass This Middle School Exam?”

  1. indyfreac
    August 13, 2013 at 7:00 am #

    holy too hard!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Acenger Nerd
      August 15, 2013 at 10:43 pm #

      I would NEVER be able to get a passing grade on this thing even though I am in 8th grade! :o

      • Anonymous
        August 19, 2013 at 5:04 am #

        Same

  2. 8of12
    August 13, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

    Uuuuh…………0.0……

  3. Tom
    August 13, 2013 at 7:53 pm #

    Now I know that thing’s just get easier in the future LOL:)

  4. Wise Guy
    August 14, 2013 at 11:12 am #

    That is WAY to hard, even for me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Well, I’m only in 4th grade.) :|
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  5. ninjapies44
    August 14, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

    Uhh… Can I just get the “F” for this one?

    • Butt Nugget
      August 14, 2013 at 2:15 pm #

      NO! YOU CAN GET A “D-” IF YOU ANSWER ONE QUESTION!

    • Butt Nugget
      August 14, 2013 at 6:32 pm #

      No, but if u answer one question,You can get a D-!

  6. ninjapies44
    August 14, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

    Hey B.N, can you answer a question?

  7. Ardetect
    August 16, 2013 at 10:26 am #

    Holy Comment Deleted I would not get that! that Geography?! ooops F- sorry teacher :0

  8. purple bird
    August 16, 2013 at 7:27 pm #

    Look at history number 2—”Sketch briefly Sir Walter Rawleigh, Peter Stuyvesant.” And “percent” is “per cent!” Peechtival!

  9. mariomariomario&mario
    August 16, 2013 at 7:40 pm #

    Seriously, if they had exams like that NOW, I don’t think I would last 2 minutes of this D:

    • purple plum
      February 21, 2014 at 5:01 pm #

      if they did you’d be prepared. if you worked hard. like the homeschoolers!

    • yelo berd
      February 22, 2014 at 2:50 pm #

      I wuld! hahaha! im asome! arithmutik 2 is 21 and 159.

  10. marvel
    August 17, 2013 at 10:57 am #

    :O

  11. Longhorn
    August 19, 2013 at 7:39 pm #

    I could do this if i really studied A LOT. That’s the power of homeschool.

    • Peanut
      October 9, 2013 at 12:42 pm #

      Yeah! homeschooling rocks! whose homeschooled here?

      • Billybobjoe
        October 28, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

        ME! I could do most of it, but some of it would KILL ME!

      • an author
        February 20, 2014 at 7:31 pm #

        hooray for seventh grade homeschoolers doing high school algebra!

      • blu
        February 22, 2014 at 2:51 pm #

        me :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :- ) :-)

    • an author
      February 20, 2014 at 7:35 pm #

      same. I can pass the English, spelling, and math right now!

      • an author
        February 22, 2014 at 2:44 pm #

        plus reading and writing (!OBVIOUSLY, I’m an author!) and most of history. and some geography.
        FYI I checked my answers.

  12. Somedude
    August 20, 2013 at 10:13 pm #

    I agree with Longhorn!!!!! THE POWER OF HOMESCHOOLING!!!!

    • Longhorn
      August 22, 2013 at 9:29 am #

      You are awesome!

    • body steeler
      August 29, 2013 at 4:16 pm #

      Home school!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and I could answer one school

  13. Somedude
    August 20, 2013 at 10:15 pm #

    well, the government is dumbing down public schools…
    (sorry if I sound like a jerk, but its true!!!!)

  14. History Nerd
    August 21, 2013 at 9:52 am #

    History Q 7 My A Two Presdents Who Died In Office William Henry Harrison And Zachary Taylor Three Presdents Who Died From A Gun Wound Abraham Lincoln James A Garfield And William McKinley.

  15. WebMaster
    August 24, 2013 at 8:46 am #

    Teacher can i have the answer key?

  16. Third-wheel
    August 27, 2013 at 9:34 am #

    yeah….um…..no.

  17. PERSON THE PERSON
    August 28, 2013 at 11:43 am #

    #1 for history is ponce de leon

  18. PERSON THE PERSON
    August 28, 2013 at 11:45 am #

    #2 of #1 is Ferdinand Maggelan

  19. PERSON THE PERSON
    August 28, 2013 at 11:49 am #

    #3 of#1 is this one french guy that i forgot the name of.

  20. PERSON THE PERSON
    August 28, 2013 at 11:50 am #

    #4 of #1 i have no idea lol

  21. (o_o)
    September 15, 2013 at 8:21 am #

    THINGZ JUZT GOT REAL (o_o)

  22. body steeler
    September 19, 2013 at 3:34 am #

    Phonograph is Thomas Edison, for copyright is the thing that tells you the year that the thing was made,three largest states Alaska,Texas,Montana. Soooooo….how is this hard?

    • Billybobjoe
      October 28, 2013 at 1:56 pm #

      Because it is.

    • purple plum
      February 21, 2014 at 4:57 pm #

      uhh…. an you answered three questions? what are the correct answers to the rest? do tell.
      or maybe it’s not so easy.

      • purple plum
        February 21, 2014 at 4:58 pm #

        by the way-like all the homeschoolers, I passed most of this test as well.

  23. Peanut
    October 9, 2013 at 12:41 pm #

    that’s REALLY HARD! I wouldn’t pass.

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