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Academic competition resources
American quiz organizations
College Bowl Company, Inc. (CBCI)
College Bowl is the best-known academic competition organization
in the United States, having started on radio in 1954 and later doing
a TV run from 1959 to 1970.
CBCI holds 15 regional championships in
February (four of the regions include parts of Canada),
with the winners going to a national championship tournament in April.
Schools are eligible to compete in the regionals if they host an intramural
tournament under CBCI rules by the end of January. The cost to register
in CBCI is $300 U.S. for a new school. Questions are on general topics,
with special emphasis on current events and social issues.
Competition Federation (ACF)
ACF was founded in 1990 by former College Bowl players
who wanted a slower-paced game with more focus on academic subjects.
ACF questions tend to be longer and harder than those of any other
organization. Current events, popular culture and sports are not included.
ACF is run by students, with regionals in February and
nationals in April, all using questions submitted by the participating teams.
The format is also used for invitational tournaments throughout the year.
The website has
questions for download.
National Academic Quiz Tournaments (NAQT)
NAQT (founded 1996) is a middle ground between ACF and CBCI.
The questions are harder than CBCI but easier than ACF.
Like both of those organizations, it holds
regionals in February and nationals in April.
NAQT also awards championships for the top all-undergraduate team and
the top Division II team (consisting of
undergraduates with less than four years' experience).
NAQT sells questions for
use in some other student-run invitationals.
Testing Recall About Strange Happenings (TRASH)
TRASH (founded 1997) is entirely devoted to popular culture: TV, movies,
sports, pop music, pop lit, etc. Regionals are held in November, and
Nationals ("TRASHionals") around April 1. Although tournaments are held at
universities, there are no requirements for players to be students.
Throughout the year there are other occasional invitationals that cover
the same topics as TRASH but rely on questions written by the players.
Reach for the Top
Génies en herbe: websites in French only
Canadian reference sources
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