FAQ

How do I play?
Pick a subject from the dropdown menu. You will be presented with four possible answers. Choose what you think is the correct answer. Every time you get an answer correct, one lifesaving seed is generated. You do not have to register or enter any personal details to play.

Do my correct answers really result in donations of seeds being generated?
YES! Our sponsor only donates a seed every time an answer is answered correctly. The more questions you answer correctly the more seeds that are donated. An incorrect answer does not result in any donation.

What else has The Big Test generated?
The Big Test had generated 533,725 teaspoons of Oral Rehydration Solution for the aid agency GOAL by 11th of Feb 2012. Subsequent to then The Big Test has generated seeds for Self Help Africa. Oral Rehydration Solution or ORS is a treatment for dehydration associated with diarrhoea. It saves millions of children from death each year in the developing world due to diarrhoea. Diarrhoea is the second leading cause of death in children under 5 in the developing world. ORS consists of a solution of various salts and sugars taken by mouth.

Who pays for the seeds that my correct answers generate?
The seeds are paid for by the generous sponsor whose banner advertisement is visible on the homepage. Every time you get an answer correct the sponsor pays for the medication generated. For information about how you or your company can sponsor The Big Test, please email us here

How do you track the answers and seeds donated for each person?
When you click on your choice for the answer, this information is sent to our server via a regular HTML form. This form is then processed by the server using PHP programming language, which adds to both your personal medicine total and the overall medicine total if you got the answer correct. It then sends back an HTML page with a new question and your new total.

Where do you get your questions from?
All our questions are generously supplied by teachers and contributors who are highly experienced in their respective subject area. Some of our contributors are listed with the corresponding categories to which they submitted questions. If you are a teacher or an expert in a particular area we would love to hear from you. Click here to download a sample spreadsheet, fill in the questions and send them to us. Maybe your students could work on this as a project. We will link back to your website and your questions will help generate thousands of seeds which produce lifesaving crops. We will also supply you with a breakdown of the number of seeds your questions have generated.

Will you be further developing thebigtest.ie?
It is our intention to continue to develop The Big Test by adding further categories and questions. We also intend incorporating audio, video streaming and other tools to enhance the learning experience available. If you have any ideas please get in touch.

Who is behind thebigtest.ie?
The website was founded by Kieran Coleman, a Chemistry teacher from Galway, Ireland with design assistance provided by Mark Wrafter of Wrafter.com. Other people who contibuted advice and guidance in the development of the site include Fergal McDonnell of Tailtenn Games and Ronan Scully of GOAL. Our contributers include Senator David Norris, Don Conroy and Conor Faughnan aswell as other experienced teachers and experts in their respective fields.

How can I spread the word about The Big Test?
Tell your friends and teachers, make this your homepage, mention us on Twitter, etc. Your help means alot to spreading the word and generating even more lifesaving seeds. One excellent way to make a big difference is to spread the word on facebook: