MCI tracks Web aptitude

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During the first three days of the MCI Great American Net Test, about half a million people hit the Web site to take the company's Internet aptitude test. So far, 75% of respondents are men and 25% are women. However, women are leading in test scores, averaging an 80.8, whereas men are averaging a score of 80.1. Additionally, 3.5% of participants are older than 60, and have an average score of 73.9. The 13-to-17-year-old group accounts for 5.5% of the test takers so far, and their average score is 75.1. The bulk of the participants fall in the 24-to-39-year-old bracket, and lead the pack with an average of 81.7, slightly ahead of the current national average of 80.3.

The test includes one question in each of five categories: pop culture; history; geography; arts and literature; and science and technology. Direct links to the Web have been installed to allow users access from the test to the Web sites that hold the answers. The test launched on April 17 and will be open on the Web site until July 4, when MCI will calculate a national index of Internet proficiency.

Copyright April 1997, Crain Communications Inc.

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