In 1912, eighth grade students were quizzed HARD on reading proficiency, arithmetic, grammar, geography, physiology, civil government and history.
In 2013 ... well, it's not quite the same.
An eighth grade "Common Exam" from 1912 was just donated to the Bullitt County (Ky.) History Museum, and is available in full on their website.
The site explains, "It should not be used to compare student knowledge then and now." A good thing, too, for the self-esteem of those in the "now."
The site says students assembled to take this test once or twice a year and it was a very serious deal, with high school scholarships at stake.
Would you earn one? Check out a sampling of questions from some of the categories below and see what a 1921 eighth grade exam consisted of: