Are you Paying Attention? (The Three Minute Test)

I don’t know who developed this originally, but I’ve always loved it…


The Three Minute Test

  1. Read everything before you do anything.
  2. Write your name in the top right-hand corner of this page.
  3. Circle the word ‘name’ in the previous sentence.
  4. Draw three small squares in the top right-hand corner under your name.
  5. Put an X in each square you have just drawn.
  6. Draw a triangle under each square.
  7. Sign your name under the title of this page (‘Three Minute Test’)
  8. After the title, write ‘YES YES YES’.
  9. Underline sentences 7 and 8 above.
  10. Put a large X in the empty space on the right-hand side of this page.
  11. Draw a circle around the X you have just drawn.
  12. On the back of this page, multiply 7 by 30.
  13. Draw a circle around the word ‘top’ in sentence 4 above.
  14. Call out your name if you are the first to reach this point in the test.
  15. On the reverse side of this page, add 107 and 278.
  16. If you are the first person to reach this point, clap your hands twice.
  17. Make three small holes with your pen next to this instruction.
  18. Now that you have finished reading carefully, do only number 2 above. Pretend you are still busy. Do not giggle!




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