CIRCLE Civic Engagement Quiz

The CIRCLE Civic Engagement Quiz is a tool for the evaluation of young people’s 21st century skills of civic engagement as compared to a national sample. The quiz is focused on respondents’ civics behavior (as opposed to their knowledge). The quiz asks about the character and frequency of the test-taker’s participation in civic activities, such as writing letters-to-the-editor, voting, political activism or volunteering.

Teachers or program leaders administering the quiz may then use the results to categorize respondents’ civic engagement within CIRCLE’s “Typology of Engagement” (civic activities, electoral activities, political voice activities) and to classify each respondent as “Disengaged,” an “Electoral Specialist,” a “Civic Specialist,” or a “Dual Activist.” (Written by Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement).


Administration Method
Number of Questions
Creator(s) of Tool
Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement Civic Engagement Quiz (Tufts University)
Scoring / Benchmarking
Add number of affirmative responses for each category. Once survey results have been tabulated for an individual, respondents can be classified in the following way:

Disengaged: 0 or 1 checks in BOTH columns Civic Specialist: 2 or more checks in the civic column and 0 or 1 in the electoral column Electoral Specialist: 2 or more checks in the electoral column and 0 or 1 in the civic column Dual Activist: 2 or more checks in BOTH columns.

Nationally, based on the 2006 survey from the 2006 Civic and Political Health of the Nation, 15 percent of all adults 15 and older are Dual Activists; 13 percent are Civic Specialists; 24 percent are Electoral Specialists; and 48 percent are Disengaged.
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