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Are you smarter than a 15-year-old? Take this problem-solving quiz

New results from the OECD reveal Canadian teens aren't doing too badly in creative problem solving. Canadian 15-year-olds rank seventh in problem solving, the first English-speaking nation behind Asian countries such as Singapore, Korea and Japan. If you haven't already, read Caroline Alphonso's story and then take the test. Here's a sample question:

A friend gives you an MP3 player that you can use for playing and storing music. You can change the type of music, and increase or decrease the volume and the bass level by clicking the three buttons on the player. The bottom row of the MP3 player shows the settings that you have chosen.

The question

Shown above are four pictures of the MP3 player’s screen. Three of the screens cannot happen if the MP3 player is working properly. The remaining screen shows the MP3 player when it is working properly. Which screen shows the MP3 player working properly?

True of false?

When you've done that, decide whether each of the following statements about the MP3 player is true or false.

The answers

Ha, not so fast. You'll have to check the Comments to see who's got it right.

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