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I would assume not at all difficult with any9ne with average intelligence. But would also like to ask. What score was considered passing?
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Saw this. Several of the questions technically have more than one "correct" answer, which would let the person administering it say, "Sorry, that wasn't the answer we were looking for." Even if you could pass the test, if they didn't want you voting, you'd fail.
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I would assume not at all difficult with any9ne with average intelligence. But would also like to ask. What score was considered passing?
You had to get 100% correct. And you had ten minutes to take the test. Those questions are intentionally designed to be confusing, rather than a valid test of your literacy skills.
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Here is a link with more background information.


http://www.crmvet.org/info/la-test.htm
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I would assume not at all difficult with any9ne with average intelligence. But would also like to ask. What score was considered passing?

You better hope I'm not grading question #30.
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I would assume not at all difficult with any9ne with average intelligence. But would also like to ask. What score was considered passing?


Clearly you failed.
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Here is a link with more background information.


http://www.crmvet.org/info/la-test.htm

Thanks for that link Brian. Here's an example of the scoring:
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As you can see, on the 1964(?), test the questions were deliberately designed to be tricky and confusing. For example, Question 20 reads: "Spell backwards, forwards." Answers by whites would be judged correct no matter what they wrote. But Blacks who wrote both words but forgot to include the comma would be failed, or if they included the comma they would be failed for that, or if they just wrote "backwards" they would be failed for not including the word "forwards." Or if they wrote "backwards" instead of sdrawkcab they'd be failed for that and the same for vice-versa.
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I would assume not at all difficult with any9ne with average intelligence. But would also like to ask. What score was considered passing?
You had to get 100% correct. And you had ten minutes to take the test. Those questions are intentionally designed to be confusing, rather than a valid test of your literacy skills.


Wow shows I am not to bright. I asked a question and it was right on the exam. Maybe I should have read it. Smile Agreed, it can definitely be confusing especially if you had to get them all correct in the allotted time.
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I would assume not at all difficult with any9ne with average intelligence. But would also like to ask. What score was considered passing?

One hundred percent, according to the article.
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I would assume not at all difficult with any9ne with average intelligence. But would also like to ask. What score was considered passing?

One hundred percent, according to the article.


Ha, ha. See my post above yours.
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I would assume not at all difficult with any9ne with average intelligence. But would also like to ask. What score was considered passing?

One hundred percent, according to the article.

Ha, ha. See my post above yours.

Yup.
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Not to poke fun at you Aces, but I did find this sentence to be quite ironic: "I would assume not at all difficult with any9ne with average intelligence."

Obviously just a finger slip typo, but it did make it funny considering it's a literacy test Smile
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Not to poke fun at you Aces, but I did find this sentence to be quite ironic: "I would assume not at all difficult with any9ne with average intelligence."

Obviously just a finger slip typo, but it did make it funny considering it's a literacy test Smile


Yes it was funny. After I posted it and then later read it I laughed myself.
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I wonder how many elected officials would have passed the test...
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Of course the literacy tests posed no problems for illiterate whites. They either weren't required to take it or were given a pass by the completely subjective grading.
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Just to add here. While it is not that long ago. It is still let us say 50 years ago or a half century ago. Many things have changed since then. It is over. Just as many say here, "Obama won get over it" Practice what you preach and get over it.
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Aces- not quite so sure. This particular test has been floating around since the Supreme Court overturned part of the Voter's Rights Act two weeks back, as an example of why the VRA was needed in the first place.

Of course, Congress could always re-evaluate the data and pass legislation defining a new map... if they could manage to agree on anything- which they're currently having a difficult time doing regardless of the issue.
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