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post Sep 26 2018, 07:12 PM
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Hi all,

USAD just announced that they will be increasing the number of questions on some tests this season (at Nationals only).

QUOTE (USAD.org)
USAD will be implementing the following changes that will affect only the Round 4 National tests that are being prepared for the 2019 Nationals in Minnesota.
All testing times for the objective tests will remain 30 minutes. The objective tests will remain evenly weighted at 1000 points each.
  • Mathematics Test: Will increase from 35 questions to 45 questions total
  • Art, Science, and Economics: Will increase from 50 questions to 55 questions total
  • Social Science, Music, and Literature: NO Changes. 50 questions total
  • Super Quiz™ Relay: Will increase from 39 questions to 54 questions total (18 questions each for Honor, Scholastic, and Varsity)


See the official post here.

The official email from USAD mentioned that this is primarily in response to the high test scores in recent years.

Discuss.
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Lab
post Oct 1 2018, 07:31 PM
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I think this is a ridiculous way to make tests "more difficult". Art, Econ, and Science especially are tests those top scorers usually finish with 10+ minutes left anyway. Adding 5 questions will probably do nothing. It will just make looking at scores really confusing when we see a tie for Science gold with a score of 981.8, which is just strange.


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post Oct 1 2018, 07:59 PM
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QUOTE (Lab @ Oct 1 2018, 07:31 PM) *
I think this is a ridiculous way to make tests "more difficult". Art, Econ, and Science especially are tests those top scorers usually finish with 10+ minutes left anyway. Adding 5 questions will probably do nothing. It will just make looking at scores really confusing when we see a tie for Science gold with a score of 981.8, which is just strange.

“Math scores are a problem because decimals. Let’s now make an extra 3 subjects have decimals, but this time without a convenient pattern.”
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