Don't think anyone has posted anything about CJAP yet.
It was a REALLY REALLY
good test, except for one question, although it was really short (25 questions). Although it varies widely, on average, I consider CJAP tests between 25 to 40 questions decent. In this case, 25 was on the short side, especially since there was Benedict's (an extra reagent), a magnet, thermometer, and a flame test. Having the extra stuff was great, because it would stretch our normal water, HCl, NaOH capacities a little without over doing it. Before Nationals, at our last practice, my partner said something like, "It"ll be the perfect test if they give us ONE reagent and only one." The test was very well written; it covered everything that we had done/practiced/learned about for CJAP. The answers were "write the number in the box" without having to justify or anything, which my partner (knittingfrenzy18) and I though slightly weird because of causing ties (but it also made things much simpler!). We were able to answer (with an observation) 23 questions (the 24th one had an observation which I ran out of time to get). The one we didn't understand/get, though, was a question along the lines of "Was there a gas emitted, and if so, what was the pH of the gas?" This was the only time either of us has experienced this type of question and we thought this to be weird. We haven't been able to get a satisfactory answer as to how we should have answered it. (Do any of you science people out there know how to do this??) Overall, it was a WONDERFUL wonderful test and I was really happy with it.
The procters were really nice too- they gave us very specific instructions on what to do. We weren't supposed to get the temperatures of the reagents, apparently because she didn't want us contaminating her samples. (Huh? Don't you pour the reagents out to measure temperature? Err I guess normal people don't do that....). So if you're out there- THANK YOU for a great and well run event!!
Anyone out there who has raw scores for CJAP, I'd love to see them. (We placed 7th...one short from medaling.) I'd really enjoy being able to see how close we were to getting a medal! Thanks!!