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Re: Georgia 2016

Postby Jaol » April 18th, 2016, 5:43 am

Anyone else think the Invasive Species test was incredibly easy? We had lots of time left over and it was a disadvantage for people who had studied a lot. The State Entomology test also disappointed me, since there was like no identification at all.
What was it like just out of curiosity. Was it a PowerPoint, printed out stations, or maybe a paper test? If it was stations how many questions per station and how much time did you have for each station?
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Re: Georgia 2016

Postby Unome » April 18th, 2016, 1:44 pm

Anyone else think the Invasive Species test was incredibly easy? We had lots of time left over and it was a disadvantage for people who had studied a lot. The State Entomology test also disappointed me, since there was like no identification at all.
I didn't do Invasives, but Astronomy was 29 multiple choice questions and one tiebreaker, and Dynamic Planet was 5 questions free-response with multiple sections, so it was like the equivalent of 20-25 questions multiple choice (still way too short of course). But that's how it tends to go; it's harder to get event sups when they can't rely on coaches.

Also, raw scores have been posted (except for Protein, and the page sizes are a bit off), so now we I can all go and look in-depth at all of our scores! (and potentially agonize over losing by a twentieth of a point)
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Re: Georgia 2016

Postby ellesbelles » April 18th, 2016, 11:01 pm

It was a stationed event, but the questions were printed onto a power point, and there were 2 questions per slide. There was a total of 12 stations so 3:50 minutes per question and 10 seconds for transition, adding up to 48 minutes. For identification problems, one picture was provided.

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Re: Georgia 2016

Postby aherthabey » April 19th, 2016, 12:42 am

Anyone else think the Invasive Species test was incredibly easy? We had lots of time left over and it was a disadvantage for people who had studied a lot. The State Entomology test also disappointed me, since there was like no identification at all.
I didn't do Invasives, but Astronomy was 29 multiple choice questions and one tiebreaker, and Dynamic Planet was 5 questions free-response with multiple sections, so it was like the equivalent of 20-25 questions multiple choice (still way too short of course). But that's how it tends to go; it's harder to get event sups when they can't rely on coaches.

Also, raw scores have been posted (except for Protein, and the page sizes are a bit off), so now we I can all go and look in-depth at all of our scores! (and potentially agonize over losing by a twentieth of a point)
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Re: Georgia 2016

Postby Jaol » April 19th, 2016, 4:20 am

Anyone else think the Invasive Species test was incredibly easy? We had lots of time left over and it was a disadvantage for people who had studied a lot. The State Entomology test also disappointed me, since there was like no identification at all.
I didn't do Invasives, but Astronomy was 29 multiple choice questions and one tiebreaker, and Dynamic Planet was 5 questions free-response with multiple sections, so it was like the equivalent of 20-25 questions multiple choice (still way too short of course). But that's how it tends to go; it's harder to get event sups when they can't rely on coaches.

Also, raw scores have been posted (except for Protein, and the page sizes are a bit off), so now we I can all go and look in-depth at all of our scores! (and potentially agonize over losing by a twentieth of a point)
Wow, six rules violations issued in GeoLogic Mapping! Do you know what that was about?
Calculators and notes supposedly...
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Re: Georgia 2016

Postby aherthabey » April 19th, 2016, 7:57 am

I didn't do Invasives, but Astronomy was 29 multiple choice questions and one tiebreaker, and Dynamic Planet was 5 questions free-response with multiple sections, so it was like the equivalent of 20-25 questions multiple choice (still way too short of course). But that's how it tends to go; it's harder to get event sups when they can't rely on coaches.

Also, raw scores have been posted (except for Protein, and the page sizes are a bit off), so now we I can all go and look in-depth at all of our scores! (and potentially agonize over losing by a twentieth of a point)
Wow, six rules violations issued in GeoLogic Mapping! Do you know what that was about?
Calculators and notes supposedly...
Both of which are allowed as per the rules, lol.
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Re: Georgia 2016

Postby Jaol » April 19th, 2016, 8:19 am

Calculators and notes supposedly...
Both of which are allowed as per the rules, lol.
Yeah I know. Maybe the notes weren't in a binder and maybe the calculators were programmable?
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Re: Georgia 2016

Postby foreverphysics » April 19th, 2016, 4:00 pm

Yo boys, hope you enjoyed the 2016 tournament! You all did really well, and I hope you had fun.

That said, I ran the Forensics event and will likely be running it next year as well (unless astro frees up). Any feedback/thoughts are welcome and appreciated.

Bit of stats on 4n6--highest score was 87/124, with a median score of around 46/124. Average was in the mid-40's/124.
Scoring was 3 pts per powder/hair/fiber (19*3 = 57 total points), 10 points for chromatography (3 pts per chromatogram, 2 points for having correct/reasonable Rf calculations, 2 pts for actual correct answer), 8 pts for all the mass spec (2 pts/2 pts/4pts), 6 points for the fingerprints(2 pts per question), and 3 points for the last bug question for 84 total points, not including analysis. Crime analysis was 40 points (32% of total score, per the rules).

If you have any other questions, feel free to ask.
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I dunno; the test was pretty hard. It didn't seem like much, but ID'ing that many powders/hairs/fibers was pretty tough--and I knew it. TLC chromatography is also quite a bit more complicated than its paper counterpart. I didn't expect a score over 100/124. It was pretty much where I wanted to be, and I was fairly pleased with the results. Gives people something to study for Nats or next year, ya know?
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Re: Georgia 2016

Postby Unome » April 19th, 2016, 4:27 pm

Calculators and notes supposedly...
Both of which are allowed as per the rules, lol.
Yeah I know. Maybe the notes weren't in a binder and maybe the calculators were programmable?
I think they were because teams had a graphing calculator (although a better way to fix that is to check as each person comes in and just tell them to put it away, as per General Rule 5)
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Re: Georgia 2016

Postby blueice » April 26th, 2016, 9:14 pm

Seems like the top 4 teams all improved their point scores drastically from last year leaving the rest of the field behind


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