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Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #249: International survey
An international survey was conducted by the National Geographic. The results are based on face-to-face interviews with at least 300 men and women aged 18 to 24 in Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Sweden, Britain and the United States.
The survey asked 56 geographic and current events questions of young people in nine countries and scored the results with traditional grades.
The surveyed Americans got a 'D,' with an average of 23 correct answers.
Topping the scoring was Sweden, with an average of 40, followed by Germany and Italy, each with 38. None of the countries got an 'A,' which required average scores of 42 correct answers or better on the 56 questions.
Thirty-four percent of the young Americans knew that the island used on last season's 'Survivor' show was located in the South Pacific, but only 30 percent could locate the state of New Jersey on a map.
When asked to find 10 specific states on a map of the United States, only California and Texas could be located by a large majority of those surveyed. Only 51 percent could find New York, the nation's third most populous state.
On a world map, Americans could find on average only seven of 16 countries in the quiz. Only 89 percent of the Americans surveyed could find their own country on the map.
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