An Analysis of the Difficulty of the Recent Online Tests

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An Analysis of the Difficulty of the Recent Online Tests

Post by Woof » Tue Mar 13, 2018 12:18 am

Many people weighed in on their subjective impression of the difficulty of the three recent online tests. I decided to look into the issue by tabulating the scores of those boardies who reported scores for all 3 tests. Thanks on the threads I found 34 people who reported all three scores:
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The results: Tues 3/6. Ave= 38.7 (5.1)
Wed 3/7 Ave= 40.4 (4.1)
Thu 3/8 Ave= 42.9 (3.9)

In parentheses are the standard deviations. As can be seen, Tuesday’s did have the lowest average, thought it does lie within a standard deviation of Wed. And Thursdays was indeed the easiest as determined by this analysis. If your name isn’t on my list and you took all three tests, feel free to reply with your data and I’ll incorporate you into this study, too.

ETA: autofilll typos fixed, stats updated through rjaguar3
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Re: An Analysis of the Difficulty if the Recent Online Tests

Post by triviawayne » Tue Mar 13, 2018 7:34 am

34, 37, 36--pretty normal for me, I have often hit the magic 35+ on all three, but recent (possibly faulty) memory has me missing the mark on 1/3 the last few rounds, luckily not on my "official" test.

Something I haven't done in a while is to try and classify the questions by category using the classic Trivial Pursuit categories to see what areas they ask about most. Just not enough categories, and there needs to be a miscellaneous I think to do it right; but I always used to notice a larger percentage of Art & Literature and History than anything else.

Anyone else do something like this, what did you notice?
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Re: An Analysis of the Difficulty if the Recent Online Tests

Post by MasterCone » Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:48 am

37/39/43 were my scores

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Re: An Analysis of the Difficulty if the Recent Online Tests

Post by jjwaymee » Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:06 am

40/45/43 for me. I took it for real on Tuesday since that was the only night of the three that I was completely sober. :)

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Re: An Analysis of the Difficulty if the Recent Online Tests

Post by clt013 » Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:22 am

I was right on the average for two of the three...

Tue - 39
Wed - 38
Thu - 43

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Re: An Analysis of the Difficulty if the Recent Online Tests

Post by twelvefootboy » Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:49 am

If you want to bend the curve:

27 / 34 / 36

I took them in Wed (for real) / Thur / Tues order because I didn't know about the replay option or the answer sheet for grading. I had about the same proportion of brain farts for Wed/Thurs but Tuesday was just brutal for me and I don't think I hit any of my WAGs.
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Re: An Analysis of the Difficulty if the Recent Online Tests

Post by cf1140 » Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:07 am

:twisted: TRENDBUCKER :twisted:

I had 47 / 45 / 46 ,

Regardless of my scores I still though the third test was the easiest.

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Re: An Analysis of the Difficulty if the Recent Online Tests

Post by OntarioQuizzer » Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:10 am

You can throw in a 41 / 41 / 44 if you'd like for me.
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Re: An Analysis of the Difficulty if the Recent Online Tests

Post by bbird » Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:49 am

31 - 36 - 31 for me. Unfortunately Thursday is the one I actually took.

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Re: An Analysis of the Difficulty if the Recent Online Tests

Post by Blue Lion » Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:27 am

Immediately after taking the Eastern test, I thought I was on the bubble. However, all five of my guesses were correct and I wound up with 43. Taking the Central and Pacific tests for funsies, I got 46 and 45, respectively. That said, I thought the Eastern test was the toughest, followed by Central and Pacific.

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Re: An Analysis of the Difficulty of the Recent Online Tests

Post by acthomas » Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:43 am

45-45-48 here. Definitely felt like it played easier overall this year and on Thursday in particular (though that could be the studying talking too.)

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Re: An Analysis of the Difficulty of the Recent Online Tests

Post by sarisson » Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:52 am

45 (for real), 38, 45. I would've had two more on the third test, but the answers came to me just after time ran out.
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Re: An Analysis of the Difficulty of the Recent Online Tests

Post by harrumph » Tue Mar 13, 2018 12:08 pm

I went Tues 28 Wed 31 Thurs 38.

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Re: An Analysis of the Difficulty of the Recent Online Tests

Post by Leander » Tue Mar 13, 2018 12:21 pm

41, 44, 45 for me. I thought the Tuesday test was the hardest in some time.

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Re: An Analysis of the Difficulty of the Recent Online Tests

Post by John Boy » Tue Mar 13, 2018 12:32 pm

Tuesday (practice) 40

Wednesday (real) 41

Thursday (fun) 44


Note: many times in years past I have taken all three tests like this. I believe this is my best trio of scores ever. I chalk that up to the relative absence of pop culture clues in all three. (Thank you, writers)

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Re: An Analysis of the Difficulty of the Recent Online Tests

Post by billiej » Tue Mar 13, 2018 5:04 pm

35 (real)/35/43.... Wow! Thursday was definitely easier.
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Re: An Analysis of the Difficulty of the Recent Online Tests

Post by Carpe Diem » Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:59 pm

Tuesday: 41
Wednesday: 45
Thursday: 46
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Re: An Analysis of the Difficulty of the Recent Online Tests

Post by SpiffJumper227 » Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:42 pm

42 - 44 (for real) - 48 for me.

It would also be interesting to run the stats for real vs for practice, as well as before your real test vs after. Does making it real make it harder, at least subconsciously.

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Re: An Analysis of the Difficulty of the Recent Online Tests

Post by LucarioSnooperVixey » Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:48 pm

43-43-44

Could have been 43-44-44 had I watched a certain video beforehand.
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Re: An Analysis of the Difficulty of the Recent Online Tests

Post by hscer » Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:03 pm

SpiffJumper227 wrote:
Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:42 pm
42 - 44 (for real) - 48 for me.

It would also be interesting to run the stats for real vs for practice, as well as before your real test vs after. Does making it real make it harder, at least subconsciously.
It might. On my actual attempt, I never thought of Yale for "Connecticut" and "Ivy League," and put down f'ing Dartmouth which would be embarrassing enough if it wasn't the difference between 34 and 35. I can imagine the for-realness had an effect there.
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