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Futureproof Countries?

Increasing digitalization has a direct impact on the skillsets of many nations’ workforces. Students with university degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are in particular demand. We wonder: Which of the following countries currently has the highest share of such graduates in its working-age population?

A. United States
B. France
C. Germany
D. China
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The World’s College King

For decades, the U.S. educational system was the envy of the world. It was a key factor in explaining the post-WWII economic success of the United States. In particular, the United States was noted for its high number of college graduates. We wonder: Which country now has the highest share of college graduates among its young adults?

A. United States
B. Germany
C. South Korea
D. United Kingdom
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US Students: Buried Under a Debt Mountain

The total amount of debt students in the United States take out as loans to pay for their tuition and cost of living while they seek to obtain a degree has more than tripled from the start of 2005 to 2015. We wonder: Which of the following statements about U.S. student debt today are true?

A. It is one of the largest pools of U.S. debt
B. It hinders U.S. economic growth
C. It discourages homeownership
D. The burden keeps growing

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Measuring Global Literacy

In the 21st century, economic growth will depend more than ever on the skills and abilities of individual workers. A key skill in what is increasingly becoming a knowledge economy is the ability to read and write. We wonder: What percentage of all adults worldwide are literate?

A. 95%
B. 90%
C. 84%
D. 63%

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Beating the Educational Odds

Poverty is one of the most significant impediments to academic success. However, some nations do a better job than others in overcoming that hurdle. We wonder: Which of the following countries are above the OECD average when it comes to ensuring the academic success of their disadvantaged children?

A. United States
B. Germany
C. Japan
D. Vietnam

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Erdogan’s Turkey

Recep Tayyip Erdogan was inaugurated as Turkey’s first directly elected president on August 28. He had previously served as the country’s prime minister since 2003 and overseen a lengthy economic boom. We wonder: Where does Turkey now rank in terms of global economic competitiveness?

A. 17th
B. 44th
C. 53rd
D. 69th

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The World’s College King

For decades, the U.S. education system was the envy of the world. It was a key factor in explaining the post-WWII economic success of the United States. In particular, the United States was noted for its high number of college graduates. We wonder: Which country now has the highest share of college graduates among its young adults?

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Spelling Discrimination

Beyond basic necessities like food and shelter, few things matter more than education — which begins with achieving literacy. However, in many parts of the world, literacy disparities between the genders have devastating consequences not just for the equality of the sexes, but also for women's economic prospects. We wonder: Which of the following major countries or regions has the largest gap between the literacy rates of adult men and women?

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