Why did most of the national topics in 2011 and 2012 not appear on the test? Other than the two additional species, and the competition graph, there wasn't much. Did the national supervisor every indicate why he chose to do this? Same coordinator this year?
Are you referring to the national tests from 2011/2012? I have the one from 2011, and it seems to cover quite a broader range of topics (including antibiotic resistance) than most tests, although not particularly in depth. I think the MIT test was a pretty accurate representation of what this year's nationals test might look like. The nats supervisor in 2011/2012 was Karen Lancour, so I assume she will be writing the test again this year.
I also took the Wright State invitational microbes test, and it was well-written, but I'm not certain who wrote the test.