2. Test Design: Please follow the instructions below to design three integrated reading tasks
suitable for the new General Scholastic Ability Test (新型學測混合題型).
Today, Gapminder launches a new free educational service called the Worldview
Upgrader, which will help people and organizations realize their ignorance and rid themselves
of common misconceptions.
For many years, Gapminder has tested the public knowledge and identified systematic
misconceptions about global trends and proportions and invented different tools to fight these
misconceptions. Today, we are releasing this groundbreaking new online service in which users
can test themselves and replace misconceptions with updated facts.
The format is simple: ABC questions about global trends and proportions. All questions
have been carefully selected based on the strict criteria that most people answer them wrongly.
As we disclosed in our latest study (the Sustainable Development Misconceptions Study 2020),these fact questions capture widespread misconceptions about global trends and proportions
that most people suffer from. The sum of which adds up to a completely wrong worldview.
With this new service, users can test their preconceived ideas about important global trends that
almost everyone is wrong about. If they learn the facts and answer the questions correctly, they
can get a certificate that proves they have upgraded their worldview. The initial test contains
global questions across all the subjects of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Gapminder’s goal is to make it easier for people to quickly rid themselves of
misconceptions. As the world keeps changing, the facts change, and the questions will be
updated and new ones will be added. The Worldview Upgrader will provide a simple way to
upgrade people’s worldview.
Ola Rosling, co-founder of Gapminder, said：
“Together with my father Hans Rosling, I gave a TED-talk in 2014 (“How not to be
ignorant about the world”) where I described my vision to capture and dismantle systematic
misconceptions. After years of hard work, today it becomes reality and I am super excited
“Many people rely on the media to understand the world, but it mostly focuses on
exceptional and temporary events and, because of that, it can’t be expected to give people a
good picture of big proportions and the slow changing trends. But in a globalized world,
everyone needs a worldview that is based on data, and it needs to keep upgrading as the world
changes. The staff in companies, schools and other organizations are currently wrong about
the state of the world, often because they have facts that were true more than forty years ago.
The Worldview Upgrader helps people and organizations quickly rid themselves of the most
common misconceptions. Fortunately, the misconceptions are systematic, so we realized we
could build a systematic solution to the problem. I’m convinced this will lead to better
decisions for positive change, and I know my father would have loved it.”
In the first version launched today, there’s one global test with one question for each of
the UN Goals. Over the next couple of months we will roll out hundreds of new test questions
about all aspects of global development that most people are wrong about.
The service is free to use. All you need is an internet connection. We hope that journalists,
teachers and students, politicians, business leaders and staff, will test themselves and realize
what they are wrong about.
In the coming months, we will also announce our plans to help educate organizations to
use the service and get certificates that prove their staff have an upgraded worldview.