December 08, 2004
I'll take US Geography for $400, Alex

Take this test and see how well you can do placing states on a blank map. Pretty cool. I got 92%, average error 11 miles, and 268 seconds to complete, but I think I got an easy draw. I'll try again another time and see. Via Ginger.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on December 08, 2004 to Websurfing | TrackBack

What would really be interesting to see is how well the typical high school senior would do with that test. It took me a little longer, and my mouse wasn't steady, but I did get 49 out of 50 right (Nebraska was my miss, I had it a little lower than I should have.)

Posted by: William Hughes on December 8, 2004 7:53 AM

I got 98% Avg Error 11....I screwed up and thought Kansas was N. Dakota....Doh!

Posted by: Blake on December 8, 2004 8:21 AM

92% - 6 Miles - 237 seconds

Posted by: Greg Wythe on December 8, 2004 8:46 AM

94%, 4 miles, 224 seconds.

Posted by: Tim on December 8, 2004 9:27 AM

What fun! First time, I dropped a state because the cat startled me and was off by something like 800 miles. So I restarted and my first completion was about 84% but I didn't realize it was being timed. Second completion was 94% with an error rate of 6 miles and done in 297 seconds. It completely hinges on the order the states are given to you. Some states in the mid-west are way easier to put in if you have another state nearby. But if you have to do Wyoming early...

Posted by: Sue on December 8, 2004 9:34 AM

96% 4 miles 666 seconds (got interrupted :) )
48 out of 50 perfect missed Kentucky as my first state and Wyoming as my first state in the west)

Great little puzzle, is there one for the world/

Posted by: Antinome on December 8, 2004 10:12 AM

88%, avg. 15 miles off, 405 secs. I got some difficult midwestern states early.

There is a fun world geography quiz, which involves identifying unlabeled but border-defined countries by name. I haven't been to the site in a while, so give me time to get the URL.

Posted by: Chris Quinones on December 8, 2004 12:55 PM

That was fun -- thanks for the link! 98% - 4 mi - 329 sec. (I missed the first one, Wyoming, by 201 miles.)

Posted by: Steve Casburn on December 8, 2004 4:36 PM

98%, 242 seconds, 1 mile error average. Kansas was the first one and I was a bit off; other than that, fine. Of course, being a geography major helps...

Posted by: noplot on December 8, 2004 4:43 PM

Here's that world geography quiz I promised you:

The cool thing is you can pick a country (and state if you choose the US) to represent and see how it compares to other countries and states. But the test itself is very well done.

Posted by: Chris Quinones on December 9, 2004 12:16 PM

Sorry about that. The link is bad, but the URL is right.

This link should be good.

Posted by: Chris Quinones on December 9, 2004 12:17 PM