Can You Pass This 8th Grade Exam from 1912?


How would you have done as a middle school student 100 years ago? Thanks to this cool copy of an official Bullitt County, Kentucky 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 it’s tricky. I was surprised at how detailed and tough some of these questions are.

Just for kicks, I made a mini-quiz comprised of 10 of the questions from the original exam. You can take it below: good luck.


Here’s how the original exam looked in 1912:



Want the answers? Click here.

Thanks to Bullitt County History for the awesome resource.

54 Comments on Can You Pass This 8th Grade Exam from 1912?

  1. holy too hard!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Uuuuh…………0.0……

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

  4. That is WAY to hard, even for me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Well, I’m only in 4th grade.) 😐
    😀 :U :B :! 😕 :C

  5. ninjapies44 // August 14, 2013 at 1:54 pm // Reply

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

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

    Hey B.N, can you answer a question?

  7. 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 // Reply

    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 // Reply

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

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

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

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

  13. History Nerd // August 21, 2013 at 9:52 am // Reply

    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.

  14. Teacher can i have the answer key?

  15. Third-wheel // August 27, 2013 at 9:34 am // Reply


  16. PERSON THE PERSON // August 28, 2013 at 11:43 am // Reply

    #1 for history is ponce de leon

  17. PERSON THE PERSON // August 28, 2013 at 11:45 am // Reply

    #2 of #1 is Ferdinand Maggelan

  18. PERSON THE PERSON // August 28, 2013 at 11:49 am // Reply

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

  19. PERSON THE PERSON // August 28, 2013 at 11:50 am // Reply

    #4 of #1 i have no idea lol


  21. 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?

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

  23. Avengers Fan // May 8, 2014 at 6:56 am // Reply

    I’m homeschooled.I like it! P.S: the test looks hard

    • FutureEagleScout // July 18, 2015 at 2:17 pm // Reply

      I’m also homeschooled this test actually was not that hard. I got 90%. I learned all of this stuff in school.

  24. The mini-quiz was pretty easy… the real thing… AHHHHH!!!!

  25. whatttttttttt

  26. Super easy for me. Of course that is because I study hard and absorb facts like a sponge.

  27. DubstepPlaya // July 19, 2015 at 3:50 pm // Reply

    100 percent… the answers i didnt know i gogled… lol 😛

  28. 70%… I should have gotten the state one.

  29. pretty sad how THE MAJORITY got only 0 TO 50 PERCENT!!! come on america!! 😛

  30. 50% not bad!!

  31. FutureEagleScout // October 3, 2015 at 8:37 pm // Reply

    Interesting. I fared a lot better when I was home schooled two years ago.

  32. im in the 6th grade and i got 100% on my first try

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