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Re: Road Scholar B

Posted: March 23rd, 2013, 7:18 pm
by juicemanman
Are there any practice tests for which I don't have to buy extra maps?

Re: Road Scholar B

Posted: March 26th, 2013, 2:48 pm
by justsomedudenamedted
Are there any practice tests for which I don't have to buy extra maps?
Well, what maps do you have?

Re: Road Scholar B

Posted: March 27th, 2013, 1:49 pm
by MathGeek22
Are there any practice tests for which I don't have to buy extra maps?
Sometimes you can get a topographic map for free, but you have to print it and tape it together.
I prefer a binder, knowing where all my materials are and having only what I need. I can also contain all of my tools in a binder and wont have any problems carrying stuff around.
My partner and I have our binder full of information and examples with extra tools. Our team carries zip-loc baggies with all of the stuff we need at our competition which is where we keep our tools and never forget string.

If anyone is in Road Scholar B. for PA. States, please tell me if we need to bring a map because at regionals we needed a map, but our coach was in the hospital so we were not informed. Sorry about the run-on

Re: Road Scholar B

Posted: March 27th, 2013, 6:11 pm
by zyzzyva980
You should not need to bring your own map to this event.

Re: Road Scholar B

Posted: April 2nd, 2013, 1:16 pm
by silentsage
I'm in Road Scholar PA and in the past 3 years I've been at states (and at all competitions I've ever attended) we have never needed to bring a map.

Re: Road Scholar B

Posted: April 3rd, 2013, 3:49 pm
by juicemanman
Are there any practice tests for which I don't have to buy extra maps?
Well, what maps do you have?
Well, just the ones that we have to bring for states. The AL-GA highway map.

Re: Road Scholar B

Posted: April 16th, 2013, 5:41 am
by swimgirl98
What are most questions about on the tests? Can someone explain the UTM system and the Public Land Survey System? Also, what are the best tips to prepare for this event?

Re: Road Scholar B

Posted: April 21st, 2013, 10:35 am
by i8maps
What are most questions about on the tests? Can someone explain the UTM system and the Public Land Survey System? Also, what are the best tips to prepare for this event?
I usually do the topo map part at competitions (it just works out that my partner is better at highway and I am better at topo) and I would say most of those questions are about information in the margins (like magnetic declination, the keys, and the latitude and longitude that you can do without calculations) and straight-line mileage (there is also a lot of straight-line mileage on highway sections). There is some latitude-longitude stuff also, but those can take a while, so there isn't too much usually.
For PLSS, the key is to know that it is kind of read backward, so the least specific information that you should find first on a map is on the right of each phrase and the most specific stuff is on the left-most side of the phrase.
This event is really about practice. Once you know enough, your knowledge will come from tests (as long as you have the answer keys to them.)

Re: Road Scholar B

Posted: May 19th, 2013, 12:50 pm
by apeworld
Nationals Test was hard. Wasn't used to the trans-state narrative they gave. It was my first year competing at nationals, but hopefully not the last. :twisted: Go Red Devils!

Re: Road Scholar B

Posted: May 19th, 2013, 6:36 pm
by silentsage
Oh, the test was easier than the past two years by a lot, or maybe I'm just better. Anyway, I wish the storyline could've been more... creative?