A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that A Science Quiz is a great learning tool for students that have a strong interest in scientific fields -- but it's not for beginners. It refuses to take the low road in its questions, so unless you have a pretty solid grasp of topics like physics, chemistry, biology, zoology, inventions, and space, you may feel humbled. (Sample question: "After the first photons of light are produced, which process is responsible for amplification of light?") There's no leaderboard, but the app does keep track of progress and players can email results of the quiz to friends and family, showing off their score (along with the questions they faced).
Is it any good?
Unlike some quizzes that are peppered with easy questions to appeal to the masses, A Science Quiz takes its mission seriously and forces players to exercise their knowledge. It's not a program with many bells and whistles (there's no cheery sound for right answers and the interface is about as exciting as a test you'd take in school), but the 420 included questions do force you to think and cover a wide variety of topics. There are occasional typos, however, and the accuracy of some answers has been questioned by users. That said, we weren't able to find the questions that were being disputed, meaning they might have been removed at some point. Before buying, you might want to give the lite version a spin to first make sure it's right for your needs.
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