College Distribution


This is the template distribution used by NAQT for its 2013-14 Division I collegiate Sectional Championship Tournaments.

The only difference between the actual packet sets' distributions and this template is that in each category (not only the innermost categories) at most one question may be shifted from tossup to bonus (or vice versa). For instance, if a category is listed as 0/1 here, it does not mean that every packet set will have a bonus and no packet set will have a tossup; it will be split approximately 50-50 based on the random number that "salts" the distribution for each packet set.

The Intercollegiate Championship Tournament (ICT) uses the exact same weights, but has 18 packets rather than 16. The Division II packets use the same weights as well.

Category Name Weights Per Packet Set Per Packet
Root1 384 / 384 24.0 / 24.0
Literature99 70 / 67 4.4 / 4.2
Religious Literature5 4 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
    Christian Literature1 2 / 2 0.1 / 0.1
    Non Christian Literature1 2 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
Nonreligious Literature90 66 / 64 4.1 / 4.0
    English Literature52 42 / 40 2.6 / 2.5
        American Literature50 21 / 20 1.3 / 1.2
        British Literature50 21 / 20 1.3 / 1.2
    European Literature19 15 / 15 0.9 / 0.9
    World Literature6 5 / 5 0.3 / 0.3
    Misc Literature5 4 / 4 0.2 / 0.2
Science103 72 / 71 4.5 / 4.4
Physics22 16 / 15 1.0 / 0.9
Astronomy7 5 / 5 0.3 / 0.3
    Astronomy Non Solar System1 2 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
    Astronomy Misc2 3 / 4 0.2 / 0.2
Biology22 15 / 16 0.9 / 1.0
    Anatomy Medicine Biology25 4 / 4 0.2 / 0.2
    Cell Molecular Biology25 4 / 4 0.2 / 0.2
    Organismal Population Biology25 4 / 4 0.2 / 0.2
    Non Medicine Biology15 2 / 2 0.1 / 0.1
    Miscellaneous Biology10 1 / 2 0.1 / 0.1
Chemistry22 15 / 16 0.9 / 1.0
    Elements Chemistry10 1 / 2 0.1 / 0.1
    Organic Chemistry20 3 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
    Physical Chemistry15 3 / 2 0.2 / 0.1
    Non Element Non Organic Chemistry35 5 / 6 0.3 / 0.4
    Non Element Chemistry20 3 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
Math10 7 / 7 0.4 / 0.4
Computer Science4 3 / 2 0.2 / 0.1
Earth Science5 4 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
Misc Science10 7 / 7 0.4 / 0.4
Fine Arts49 35 / 33 2.2 / 2.1
Visual38 16 / 16 1.0 / 1.0
    Painting12 9 / 8 0.6 / 0.5
    Architecture4 3 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
    Sculpture4 3 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
    Visual Other2 1 / 2 0.1 / 0.1
Music26 11 / 11 0.7 / 0.7
    Composers Works12 8 / 9 0.5 / 0.6
    Instruments Theory Performers3 2 / 2 0.1 / 0.1
    Misc Music1 1 / 0 0.1 / 0.0
Performance10 5 / 4 0.3 / 0.2
    Opera100 4 / 4 0.2 / 0.2
    Dance5 0 / 0 0.0 / 0.0
    Theater5 0 / 0 0.0 / 0.0
    Misc Performance10 1 / 0 0.1 / 0.0
Misc Fine Arts6 3 / 2 0.2 / 0.1
History103 72 / 71 4.5 / 4.4
American History36 26 / 26 1.6 / 1.6
    American Military History7 4 / 5 0.2 / 0.3
    American Govt History17 11 / 11 0.7 / 0.7
    American Social History12 8 / 8 0.5 / 0.5
    American History4 3 / 2 0.2 / 0.1
European History23 17 / 16 1.1 / 1.0
    British History5 6 / 5 0.4 / 0.3
    French History3 3 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
    Russian History3 3 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
    German History3 3 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
    Italian History2 2 / 2 0.1 / 0.1
World History18 13 / 13 0.8 / 0.8
    Asian History8 6 / 7 0.4 / 0.4
        Chinese History1 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
        Japanese History1 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
        Indian History1 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
        Middle Eastern History1 0 / 1 0.0 / 0.1
        Misc Asian History4 3 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
    African History2 2 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
    South American History2 2 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
    North American History4 3 / 4 0.2 / 0.2
        Mexican History2 1 / 2 0.1 / 0.1
        Canadian History2 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
        Other North America2 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
Ancient History8 6 / 5 0.4 / 0.3
    Ancient Greece History2 2 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
    Ancient Rome History3 2 / 2 0.1 / 0.1
    Ancient History Non Class3 2 / 2 0.1 / 0.1
Religious History4 3 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
Misc Europe History4 3 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
Non America Non Europe History2 1 / 2 0.1 / 0.1
Misc History4 3 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
Geography28 20 / 19 1.2 / 1.2
North American Geography25 5 / 5 0.3 / 0.3
World Geography75 15 / 14 0.9 / 0.9
    European Geography25 4 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
    Asian Geography30 4 / 5 0.2 / 0.3
    African Geography20 3 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
    South American Geography10 2 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
    Misc World Geography15 2 / 2 0.1 / 0.1
Mythology18 13 / 12 0.8 / 0.8
Classical Myth9 6 / 6 0.4 / 0.4
Norse Myth2 1 / 2 0.1 / 0.1
Egyptian Myth1 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
Mesopotamian Myth1 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
East Asian Myth1 1 / 0 0.1 / 0.0
Americas Myth1 1 / 0 0.1 / 0.0
Nonclassical Myth3 2 / 2 0.1 / 0.1
PC Sports44 31 / 30 1.9 / 1.9
Sports25 8 / 7 0.5 / 0.4
    Major Sport12 4 / 4 0.2 / 0.2
        Baseball2 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
            Baseball Modern10 1 / 0 0.1 / 0.0
            Baseball Any Time10 0 / 1 0.0 / 0.1
        Football2 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
            Football Modern10 1 / 0 0.1 / 0.0
            Football Any Time10 0 / 1 0.0 / 0.1
        Basketball2 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
            Basketball Modern10 1 / 0 0.1 / 0.0
            Basketball Any Time10 0 / 1 0.0 / 0.1
        Hockey1 1 / 0 0.1 / 0.0
        Soccer1 0 / 1 0.0 / 0.1
    Minor Sport5 2 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
        Minor Sport Modern2 1 / 0 0.1 / 0.0
        Minor Sport Any Time3 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
    Misc Sports6 2 / 2 0.1 / 0.1
        Misc Sports Modern1 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
        Misc Sports Any Time1 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
Pop Culture75 23 / 23 1.4 / 1.4
    PC TV18 5 / 5 0.3 / 0.3
        PC TV Modern1 3 / 2 0.2 / 0.1
        PC TV Any Time1 2 / 3 0.1 / 0.2
    PC Music18 5 / 5 0.3 / 0.3
        PC Music Modern1 3 / 2 0.2 / 0.1
        PC Music Any Time1 2 / 3 0.1 / 0.2
    PC Film18 5 / 5 0.3 / 0.3
        PC Film Modern1 3 / 2 0.2 / 0.1
        PC Film Any Time1 2 / 3 0.1 / 0.2
    PC Computer Games4 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
    PC Broadway4 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
    PC Comics2 1 / 0 0.1 / 0.0
    PC Other8 2 / 2 0.1 / 0.1
        PC Other Modern4 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
        PC Other Any Time4 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
    PC Misc12 3 / 4 0.2 / 0.2
Social Science27 19 / 18 1.2 / 1.1
Anthropology Sociology24 5 / 5 0.3 / 0.3
Archaeology8 2 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
Physical Anthropology2 0 / 1 0.0 / 0.1
Economics16 3 / 4 0.2 / 0.2
Linguistics8 2 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
Government8 2 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
Jurisprudence4 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
Psychology16 3 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
Misc Social Science4 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
Theo Phil22 15 / 15 0.9 / 0.9
Theology25 4 / 4 0.2 / 0.2
Philosophy75 11 / 11 0.7 / 0.7
    Philosophy Pre 180030 3 / 4 0.2 / 0.2
    Philosophy Post 180030 3 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
    Philosophy Misc40 5 / 4 0.3 / 0.2
Current Events30 21 / 21 1.3 / 1.3
CE Business5 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
US Current Events50 10 / 10 0.6 / 0.6
    US CE Political36 5 / 4 0.3 / 0.2
    US CE Social22 3 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
    US CE Misc20 2 / 3 0.1 / 0.2
World Current Events50 10 / 10 0.6 / 0.6
    World CE Political40 4 / 5 0.2 / 0.3
    World CE Social15 2 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
    World CE Misc35 4 / 4 0.2 / 0.2
Miscellaneous23 / 40 16 / 27 1.0 / 1.7
Mixed18 / 35 13 / 24 0.8 / 1.5
    Mixed Pure Academic11 / 22 8 / 15 0.5 / 0.9
    Mixed Impure Academic7 / 13 5 / 9 0.3 / 0.6
Mixed or GK4 3 / 3 0.2 / 0.2

The weights column gives the numerical weights associated with each category; these are relative to the weights of sibling categories. If, for instance, a category had two children, one with weight 2 and the other with weight 3, then the first would receive 40% of questions (2/(2+3)) and the second would receive 60%. If two weights are specified, then tossups and bonuses are treated differently.

The per packet set column shows the total number of tossups and bonuses in that category for the entire set.

The per packet column shows the per packet set numbers divided by the number of packets in the set. The total number of tossups in this category in a single packet will be this number either rounded up or down; the bonuses follow a similar constraint. In addition, a single packet set will never have a packet in which both of those numbers are rounded up and another in which both of those numbers are rounded down.