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post Mar 1 2010, 10:48 PM
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Can someone please explain to me how a typical Scholar's Cup competition works? Because my teammates and I haven't done it before, and are relatively confused as to how the tests and debate run. Any information in regards to how much time is spend on each event would be extremely helpful as well. Thanks!
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post Mar 3 2010, 10:01 PM
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QUOTE (Jonesy @ Mar 3 2010, 04:01 PM) *
I haven't competed in this before, but I'll grab someone who has and bully them into explaining for you.


Ah, why thank you my kind sir. That would be extremey helpful. Neither I nor my teammates have any idea how a typical competition runs, so any information would be invaluable. As of now, we can only assume/hope that WSC is run exactly like AD.
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QUOTE (CincoRanchStudent @ Mar 4 2010, 10:51 AM) *
QUOTE (Jonesy @ Mar 3 2010, 04:01 PM) *
I haven't competed in this before, but I'll grab someone who has and bully them into explaining for you.


Ah, why thank you my kind sir. That would be extremey helpful. Neither I nor my teammates have any idea how a typical competition runs, so any information would be invaluable. As of now, we can only assume/hope that WSC is run exactly like AD.


Hello!

Let me brew up some answers for you. In the meantime, here are some alumni of the program who have volunteered to answer questions from new participants:

Grace Yang, from China
Jacqueline Khor, from Singapore
Anirudh Sivaram, from Dubai
Ryan Nabil, from Bangladesh
Bunnie Hadsall, from the United States
Ketevan Tsereteli, from former Soviet Georgia

Looking forward to seeing Cinco Ranch involved again!

Daniel

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QUOTE (CincoRanchStudent @ Mar 1 2010, 03:48 PM) *
Can someone please explain to me how a typical Scholar's Cup competition works? Because my teammates and I haven't done it before, and are relatively confused as to how the tests and debate run. Any information in regards to how much time is spend on each event would be extremely helpful as well. Thanks!


Here is a fairly typical schedule from a two-day regional round: Scholar's Cup China Schedule

There are four events.

The Writing event runs one hour and is individual. It is open book.

The Debate event matches your team against two or three other teams over the course of an afternoon. Each debate runs one hour. Motions span the curriculum. Debate, like Writing, is open book.

The Scholar's Challenge is a multiple choice exam that covers all six subjects. Its length is 150 to 200 questions (depending on the round). Individual medals are given for performance on the different subjects. It is closed book. It lasts 1.5-2 hours depending on its length.

The Scholar's Bowl is a team event in which questions from throughout the curriuclum are presented on stage. You work together with your teammates to answer them, then submit your answers using a special clicker. It lasts about 2.5 hours.

These four are the main tournament events. They count toward your team and individual scores.

Other events, such as the Debate Showcase and Scholar's Scavenge, are meant more for community-building. You can watch a bit of last year's Debate Showcase here. In it, the top 12 debaters from 12 different countries (or schools) are assembled into new teams that debate in front of the community, with audience participation.

Hope this helps! Don't hesitate to write if you have further questions.

Daniel

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post Mar 4 2010, 08:05 PM
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Well damn, I was going to make RM do it, but I suppose you can just get the answer from the man himself...


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post Mar 5 2010, 01:43 AM
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Thank you very much.
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post Mar 5 2010, 07:42 AM
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Sounds like so much fun! To bad that like many college students I neither have the money to travel to competitions nor the time to take preparation for competitions as seriously as I would like.


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