tinywings wrote:jkr_pw wrote:So my regionals was last week (western Long Island) and my partner and I were really surprised when we got the test- 90 questions of multiple choice, and 10 short answer questions that required no more than 5 word responses. We were expecting something station-based with more application involved, like the rules specified. What format were other regional tests done in? What can we expect at states?
My regionals had stations, all application. It was incredibly chaotic and poorly organized by the event supervisors. We were only given 5 minutes per station, which is a ridiculously small amount of time, considering some stations asked a lot, for example, one station required a graph with 23 plot points and questions to answer about the graph. I personally believe and hope that they will not attempt stations at States. It's just too messy and chaotic, IMO.
My regionals (this year, and years before) were all station multiple-choice. 5 questions per station, 2 minutes per station. Southern California states is generally short-answer or essay and (in my experience) a bit more informal.
My suggestion is that you work on answering in short essay/answer paragraph form, work extra with diagrams, and stick the formulas on the cheat sheet (but know how to use them quickly).The multiple choice will come with that practice. Take time to work with your partner, know them well, and find a way to agree when you disagree on the answer. Try to save rock-paper-scissors dispute resolution as your last resort.