The Commonly Confused Words Test
I'm a bit of a language geek, which is probably part of why I became a writer. Maybe you've seen dictionary-like references that describe common pitfalls from A to Z. Well, I'm the sort of person who reads those books from cover to cover (it's sick, I know). Today Eric Zorn's blog alerted me to an interactive quiz called The Commonly Confused Words Test. I'll share my results, but I admit that I probably wouldn't if I didn't do so well:
Compared to people of my age and gender, I scored in the 99% percentile on all four levels. Of course, I'm wondering which of the "expert" questions I missed!
You scored 100% Beginner, 100% Intermediate, 100% Advanced, and 66% Expert! You have an extremely good understanding of beginner, intermediate, and advanced level commonly confused English words, getting at least 75% of each of these three levels' questions correct. This is an exceptional score. Remember, these are commonly confused English words, which means most people don't use them properly. You got an extremely respectable score.
I think I know which ones I got wrong, and I think they fall into grey areas of usage. If you ask me.
You scored 100% Beginner, 100% Intermediate, 93% Advanced, and 93% Expert!
You did so extremely well, even I can't find a word to describe your excellence! You have the uncommon intelligence necessary to understand things that most people don't. You have an extensive vocabulary, and you're not afraid to use it properly! Way to go!
But among my peer group, I only scored higher than 72% on Beginner, 67% on Intermediate, 53% on Advanced, and 96% on Expert.