Last updated: April 4, 2013 8:04 pm

FT WorldWise: Writing questions

The aim of FT WorldWise - the Financial Times international awareness test - is to assess the following.

  • People’s knowledge of current affairs such as international business, economics, politics, social issues and the environment. Examples include the global financial crisis and G20 summits.
  • Awareness of important global issues, events and processes affecting individuals across nations and relations between countries. Examples include the rise in world food prices, trade agreements and the management of climate change

It is important to test participants’ awareness and understanding of news stories rather than specialist knowledge and exact details. For example, avoid questions such as: “How much is the fall in Facebook’s market value between its listing in May 2012 and four months later?” The answer is $63bn.

This is not about testing your knowledge of specific cultures whether it is:

  • celebrity gossip
  • cuisine
  • social norms of a certain country
  • the arts
  • work etiquette

When writing your questions, please note they must be in multiple choice format containing three possible answers - one correct and two incorrect.

Please keep your questions and answers as short as possible.

If you want any ideas about the format of the questions, please consider the following types.

  • Factual knowledge concerning names of organisations, places and people.

    Example: Who is the managing director of the IMF in 2012?
  • Roles, processes and knowledge of national and international organisations.

    Example: Which of the following is one of the six official languages of the United Nations?
  • Recent global issues and events, such as austerity measures, conflicts and protests around the world.

    Example: Where are the disputed Senkaku/ Diaoyu/ Diaoyutai islands?
  • Recent trends and phenomena such as the rise of social media and fast-growing companies.

    Example: In April 2012, which company was reported to be the biggest in history by market capitalisation?
  • Knowledge of business, economics and political terminology such as BRIC and fiscal cliff.

    Example: What is quantitative easing?

It is important to keep questions current. To prevent questions from dating, please consider time-framing certain questions as things can change in the future. For example: Which American company has the most number of employees in 2012?

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