No, this isn’t your final exam. This is a series of quizzes to see just how web-savvy you really are. You won’t get kicked out of school for failing them or be forced to spend extra time at the tutoring center, but it could be an indication that you don’t know the Web as well as you think. Or as well as you should. Learn the Net was created to help anyone become an Internet expert because these days understanding the Web is just as essential a skill as knowing how to drive, use a checkbook, or fill out a job application. In some ways, it is even more essential.
Lacking online research skills may not only make it hard to find the best Italian restaurant in your next vacation city, it could also keep you from landing your next job. Not understanding Internet safety could expose your or your family to identity thieves and fraudsters. And poor Web etiquette could alienate your friends or earn some undesired attention from your boss. So don’t take Web knowledge lightly. Take a few minutes and test your knowledge. If you can pass all of these quizzes, feel confident that your online interactions will be safe, professional, and productive.
And don’t worry, these tests are completely open book. Or, at least, open Web.
Rate your online manners.
Do you know Web basics? See if you can ace this test.
It’s the most popular service on the Net, but how much do you really know about e-mail?
Gauge your general knowledge of the Internet.
Did you ace the first IQ quiz? Try again with this more advanced test.
See if you can outsmart the online outlaws.
It’s not what you know, but knowing how to find the information you need.
Maybe the world is getting smaller, but there’s sure a lot to know about it.
Consider yourself a master of Internet factoids if you can answer these ten questions.
How did you do?
If you didn’t do as well as you expected, take a few minutes to review your answers and see what you missed. Then go back to our main topic pages and reread those sections. Understanding the Web is a critical tool in today’s world, and we want you to succeed!
If you passed everything, consider yourself a proper citizen of the Web. But don’t stop learning. The Web is constantly growing and continuously changing. Ten years ago, every teenager knew a hundred texting abbreviations. These days everyone’s phone includes predictive text, and using many of those old abbreviates will result in hours of ridicule from your friends, family, and neighborhood teens. In many professional settings, using texting language is completely unacceptable.
Understanding the Web is not like riding a bicycle. The bicycle you had a kid worked essentially the same way as the bikes being sold today, whereas the Web you grew up with is nothing like the modern Internet. And tomorrow’s Internet will be entirely different too. So come back often. Keep learning. And stay connected.