Rice Purity Test score meaning: Test makes a comeback online

Jane Corscadden March 9, 2021
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What’s the Rice Purity Test score meaning? The test may be something many of us haven’t seen since we were teenagers, comparing ourselves to our friends to see what “stuff” we’ve done (whatever that means).

But the test has made a comeback and many people are wondering how it’s ‘graded.’ Let’s take a closer look…

What is the Rice Purity Test?

Before we get into it, let’s take a little look at the history and background of the Rice Purity Test.

It started as a survey of 100 questions at Rice University in Houston, Texas in 1924. It’s a self-graded test that was set up to test the maturity of university students by asking them questions about things they have experienced.  

The test was initially only given to women. However, these days, versions with more modern questions have been developed. It’s often seen as a way new students can bond with each other.

It begins with the most innocent questions, slowly building up to less innocent questions towards the end.

You can take the test here.

What’s the Rice Purity Test score meaning?

But things can get a bit confusing when you try to understand the meaning of the Rice Purity Test scores.

Normally, if you score 100 in a quiz – this signals that you’ve won by getting the highest score. However, when it comes to the Rice Purity Test, it’s the opposite.

The test shows your results in a percentage from 0 to 100. Here, 0 is the least innocent and 100 is the most innocent in terms of your lived experience so far.

Although the test was originally developed to test the maturity of college students, nowadays it’s just viewed as a fun game to play with friends.

Twitter reacts to taking the test

The test seems to have been making a comeback online, with many people going back to compare their new score to their teenage score.

Here are just some tweets that sum up taking the test: