I think CtW at nationals is run by the same person at Boyceville, Dr. Andy Hamm. From what I've heard about the test, it sounds like it was made a lot harder this year, which is actually super awesome xD. One of my complaints last year was content of the test was easy**, but now it looks like the test was both super fast paced and super hard, which is actually super cool. Lowkey wish I could have taken this test even though I'm in C now, and looking forward to seeing it on the nats tests CD next year!!!!Crave the Wave (8th):
Amazing test, and this is even with my almost-medaled-but-didn't bias; probably the most difficult I've ever seen for any event in any test. The test was split into 10 stations of 4 minutes 30 seconds each, and while this seems easy it actually put tons of time pressure on us. The test, even without this time pressure, was really hard (even made the first, supposedly easiest station difficult with the last question); it tested things like non-standard P and S wave calculations, parabolic mirrors, Doppler shift and emission spectra, and radioactive decay. Lots of math and application, again a thing I think is really good for a Crave test. TBH it seems like a test I would want to write myself, and I'm still pretty disappointed in not getting that medal; regardless, congrats to Longfellow for getting 1st (which is what I predicted on the prediction contest lol).
I also wanted to note the kind of weird similarity between this test and the Boyceville Crave test (both 10 big questions, and very difficult for the level of competition, and both had the steel bar Young's modulus thing. Even the same cover sheet).
**the test was still hard, but that was mostly because of the time crunch as opposed to the content of the test, which was relatively basic