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Division C events

Post by fishman100 » April 25th, 2011, 4:38 pm

Hi all!

I was taking a look at some of the Div. C events for this year, and I was wondering: are the tests/events harder than the Div. B events? Because I was looking at Remote Sensing, and it seems crazy that you're allowed 5 sheets of notes :shock: Also, on the Technical Problem Solving page, calculus...???? O.o

So it seems that way; is it?
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Re: Division C events

Post by paleonaps » April 25th, 2011, 4:40 pm

Yeah, generally it seems to be harder. The competition for Sumo Bot is especially rough nowadays.
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Re: Division C events

Post by quizbowl » April 25th, 2011, 4:40 pm

Yes, many of the C events are much more difficult. However, every event and test is different - in my opinion, the hardest test I've ever taken was a regional Heredity in 7th grade - not even the remote test of last year at states can hold a candle to that in difficulty.
There are some events, though, that are very hard to grasp - good luck if you choose one of them!
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Re: Division C events

Post by zyzzyva980 » April 25th, 2011, 4:42 pm

Obviously, Division C events are going to be more difficult than B events. You can't have high schoolers competing over middle school material. This is especially relevant in events such as Optics or Anatomy or Exp Design, where C has extra areas to study over. C is a whole new experience, and you may not be successful quickly, but if you work hard enough there's no reason you can't do just as well as B. Remember, the tests are getting harder, but you're getting smarter.
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Re: Division C events

Post by fishman100 » April 25th, 2011, 4:45 pm

zyzzyva98 wrote:Obviously, Division C events are going to be more difficult than B events. You can't have high schoolers competing over middle school material. This is especially relevant in events such as Optics or Anatomy or Exp Design, where C has extra areas to study over. C is a whole new experience, and you may not be successful quickly, but if you work hard enough there's no reason you can't do just as well as B. Remember, the tests are getting harder, but you're getting smarter.
I was discussing that with my friends, and we all agreed on that :\

remote Sensing actually sounds pretty cool, though :)
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Re: Division C events

Post by Littleboy » April 25th, 2011, 4:49 pm

zyzzyva98 wrote: You can't have high schoolers competing over middle school material.
Yea but then you can have middle schoolers competing on college material (yes it happened to me)

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Re: Division C events

Post by FullMetalMaple » April 25th, 2011, 4:54 pm

fishman100 wrote:remote Sensing actually sounds pretty cool, though :)
Can I recruit you for my team? Everyone but me hates Remote. :|

I agree with the general consensus that division C is harder. For example, there's a reason Astronomy (though there are similar division B events) and Protein Modeling are only in div C. They're quite difficult...

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Post by zyzzyva980 » April 25th, 2011, 4:54 pm

Littleboy wrote: Yea but then you can have middle schoolers competing on college material (yes it happened to me)
No argument. I only meant that C people should not be tested over B material, it would be too easy. There's no reason B people can't be tested over C material at an invitational, it would help them get better.
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Re: Division C events

Post by amerikestrel » April 25th, 2011, 4:56 pm

Littleboy wrote:
zyzzyva98 wrote: You can't have high schoolers competing over middle school material.
Yea but then you can have middle schoolers competing on college material (yes it happened to me)
To win, or even medal in a competitive state or at nats (I assume; I've never been), you have to be studying at an advanced high school or college level, even in division b. I think that's true for pretty much every study event and most lab events.
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Re: Division C events

Post by fishman100 » April 25th, 2011, 4:58 pm

amerikestrel wrote:
Littleboy wrote:
zyzzyva98 wrote: You can't have high schoolers competing over middle school material.
Yea but then you can have middle schoolers competing on college material (yes it happened to me)
To win, or even medal in a competitive state or at nats (I assume; I've never been), you have to be studying at an advanced high school or college level, even in division b. I think that's true for pretty much every study event and most lab events.
True, my friend who did ecology (B) 3 years in a row got 3 gold at State in a row, and he said he studied from college textbooks :shock:
Scary thing is, his partner didn't show up so he pretty much took the test with a replacement (who didn't really know anything) and got 1st in his first year of SO. O.o
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