How science-y are you?

How 'science-y' are you?

Love it, hate it or never really think about it? Science isn’t just a school subject – in one form or another, it is part of our daily lives. Whether you are a professional scientist, an ardent sceptic or just like the occasional science-y TV programme, take our quiz to see how your relationship with science compares with others around the country.

It only takes a couple of minutes
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How often do you talk about things to do with science with the following people?

Colleagues (from work; or classmates if student)

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How much do you agree with the following statements?

I am very up to date with scientific news and developments.

I am interested in science.

In daily life, I often use my knowledge of science.

I enjoyed science at school.

I feel 'at home' in places where science is discussed and practised (e.g. in laboratories, in science centres, in industrial settings).

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How often do you do the following in your leisure time?

Go to a talk or lecture on a science-related subject

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How much do you agree with the following statements?

I have a good understanding of scientific terms (e.g. hypothesis, theory) and methods (e.g. randomised controlled trial, experiments).

I know how to use scientific evidence to make an argument.

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Do you work in a science/science-related job?

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What is the highest science or engineering qualification you have or are currently studying for (if student)?

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What is the first part of your post code?

Please give one response to this question

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What is your age?

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Which best describes your gender?

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Which race/ethnicity best describes you?

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What is your annual household income?

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Please now think about the highest income earner in your household - this could be yourself or another member of your family. What type of work do they do?

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Which of the following best describes you?

Science Fan

Nationally, 22% of adults fall into the same category as you. This is the smallest of the three categories, compared with the majority (54%) of adults who are ‘interested, but…’ and 25% who are ‘science sceptics’.

You have a strong interest in science and you are likely to feel comfortable engaging with science whenever and wherever you encounter it. It is likely that you have a science or engineering degree, and/or one or more science A-levels. ‘Science fans’ have high amounts of what we call ‘science capital’ (science-related interest, knowledge, qualifications and social contacts). Adults in this category are more likely to be well-educated and have higher-than-average incomes. They are also more likely to live in London than in other parts of the country and to be younger than 35. People in this category tended to do well in science at school and may have been encouraged by teachers, family members and others to pursue science as a career. You are more likely to work in a job related to science than most other adults. You are probably confident in your science abilities and your friends, colleagues and family would probably describe you as having a good understanding of science. Males and females are equally likely to fall into this category. However, among young people males are more likely to consider themselves ‘science people. Share your thoughts about the quiz at #howscienceyareyou And to find out more about the project, please visit our science capital webpage at

Interested but...

Nationally, 54% of adults share the same category as you. This reflects the majority of people and is the biggest of the three categories (compared with 22% of adults who are ‘science fans’ and 25% ‘science sceptics’).

Science is something that you have a generally positive attitude about and consider to be important but it is also likely to be just one of your interests.

‘Interested, but…’ people pursue science-related activities from time to time, particularly with children, but their passions generally lie elsewhere. They tended to do all right in science at school, and may have even taken one or two sciences post-16 but generally pursued other subjects. Demographically, a wide range of people fall into this category, which tends to be broadly representative of the population.

Although you may not consider yourself to be ‘keen’ about science, some of your hobbies – such as cooking, gardening or DIY – are likely to be related to science or engineering. Generally, you probably regard yourself as ‘okay’ at science but you probably don’t think that other people would describe you as a ‘science person’. Share your thoughts about the quiz at #howscienceyareyou And to find out more about the project, please visit our science capital webpage.

Science sceptic

Nationally, 25% of adults share the same category as you. This is more than the 22% who are categorised as ‘science fans’ and smaller than the majority, 54% of adults who are categorised as ‘interested, but…’

You might find some areas of science interesting but you do not see yourself as ‘science-y’. Many people in this category are female and in their late 50s, or older. Compared to others nationally, you are less likely to be working in a science-related job and to have pursued a degree in science or engineering. Although you might have done ‘all right’ in science at school, you probably enjoyed other subjects more. Science sceptics do not tend to be very confident in their science abilities and overwhelmingly do not feel that others see them as a ‘science person’. They also tend not to pursue many science-related activities or hobbies. This might be because they are interested in other things, but it also might be because they don’t really have much contact with science and scientists in their everyday lives. Share your thoughts about the quiz at #howscienceyareyou And to find out more about the project, please visit our science capital webpage.