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Evaluating Housewrite Quality
Posted: Thu Sep 11, 2014 1:09 am
I've been looking for mirrors for a tournament to host, but we also do have a housewrite that we wrote a few years back but never used in an actual tournament. The problem is, I don't want to put out a bad housewrite, but I can't evaluate the quality of the questions myself. So I'm looking for some ideas or help with checking questions. Right now I have 258 tossups and 88 bonuses (2-part). Obviously I won't be able to post the questions on the forum publicly, but if there are any college students/experience coaches/admins who might be able to look through some of the questions and give me some general feedback, I would really appreciate it. Please PM me if you could help me check the questions or post if have some suggestions.
Re: Evaluating Housewrite Quality
Posted: Thu Sep 11, 2014 1:49 am
You're going to need somewhere in the vicinity of 294 tossups (and as many bonuses) if you're going to have a tournament of normal length (14 rounds of 20 tossups/bonuses plus 1/1 extra). You can maybe make do with 12 rounds (252 tossups and bonuses), maybe
, although keep in mind that the standard question sets sold by NAQT and HSAPQ have at least 14 packets (HSAPQ's regular tournaments have 15, NAQT's IS tournaments have 14; only NAQT's IS-A tournaments have 12).
The most pressing concern right now is writing enough high-quality bonus questions--and is there any reason why they're two-part bonuses? I suppose it's easier to write, although I haven't seen them used very often. Additional question: do you have a specific distribution in mind?
My email address is [email protected]
, and I'd be glad to look over anything sent my way.