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What’s cytokinesis? A Punnett square? High school biology is less macro, more micro, and, sometimes, even atomic. It’s learning about cell division and DNA and how we turn food into the energy we need to survive.

The National Center for Education Statistics says science scores for 12th-graders didn’t change much from 2009 to 2015, and as a country, we’re still well below proficient. Do you remember your high school biology class? Lab experiments? Dissecting frogs? If you took our eighth grade test, put your memory to this one, based on questions from standardized exams in Massachusetts, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Louisiana, and California. Find out — can you out-science a high schooler?


How do human diseases caused by bacteria and diseases caused by viruses react to antibiotics?*

Living organisms can be classified as prokaryotes or eukaryotes. Which two structures are common to both prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells?*

A cell from heart muscle would probably have an unusually high proportion of which of the following?*

Carbohydrates and proteins are two types of macromolecules. Which functional characteristic of proteins distinguishes them from carbohydrates?*

There are many different enzymes located in the cytoplasm of a single cell. How is a specific enzyme able to catalyze a specific reaction?*

Which of the following is an example of active transport?*

For most nerve impulses to be transmitted from one neuron to another, which of the following must occur?*

High school quiz gel
This diagram represents samples of DNA that were cut with a restriction enzyme during DNA fingerprinting in a crime lab. Which technique was used to produce these bands?*

Which best describes how meiosis contributes to genetic variation?*

Albinism, or the lack of pigment in the skin, is a recessive trait. A heterozygous female marries a man with albinism. What is the probability of having a child with albinism?*

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