A Science Quiz

Common Sense Media says

Good brain candy for students seeking a challenge.

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Ease of play

The controls are easy to grasp and the quiz format is very straight-forward, but the questions in these quizzes are too advanced for beginners. 

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Consumerism

A tab in the "About" area of the app links you to 16 other apps by the developer -- all of which are educational.

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Privacy & safety

Players can email their scores to people in their contacts list if the device is connected to email.

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). 

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QUALITY
 

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. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$0.99
Release date:October 9, 2009
Category:Education
Publisher:Eknath Kadam
Version:2.4
Minimum software requirements:OS 2.2.1

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