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Online quizzes of various types abound on the Web. Many are just for fun, but include reading and vocabulary development opportunities. Some, though, also offer useful information to students -- for example, well-done career tests. Below are my choices for The Best Online Personality, Career, and Just-Plain-Fun Quizzes (not in order of preference).
Queendom: The Land of Tests has a ton of quizzes on many different topics.
The BBC Human Body and Mind also has a number of different types of tests.
ABC in Australia has a fun little personality test.
The Central Intelligence Agency has a tongue-in-cheek" CIA Personality Quiz.
Heres a link to something called The Big Five Personality Test.
Channel One has a lot of online quizzes, including many personality ones.
Proprofs Quiz School has several personality quizzes, and its an easy place for students to create their own, too.
The Pew Research Center Interactive has several very accessible political and community quizzes that would provide good grist for learning and discussion.
At 15 has a Pick-a-Pic personality quiz.
Similar Minds has a large collection of personality quizzes. Some of them are accessible to ELLs.
The Constitution Center has a Which Founder Are You? quiz. You answer a variety of personality-like questions, and then youre told which of the founding fathers" youre most like.
The Los Angeles Times uses technology from the company Visual DNA to have users take a News Match Quiz. Its really pretty neat. Youre asked some simple questions -- What is your favorite kind of treat? What would spark a conversation with you? -- and shown a variety of images you use to answer the questions. At the end, youre given a report on your personality and a series of newspaper articles the program thinks youd be interested in. Its useful for English Language Learners on a number of levels. Ive seen the Visual DNA technology used in other sites, and have liked it, they those other sites have usually been dating-related or on other sites not appropriate for the classroom.
A somewhat similar quiz sit -- although not nearly as good as Visual DNAs application -- is called ID Solution. It identifies your cultural taste." One thing I do like about it is that some of the questions ask your preferences of various texts instead of images.
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