NAQT-Style Events

NAQT-Style Events are those that do not use NAQT questions but do adhere to certain of its national standards concerning gameplay and question style. Both collegiate and high school events may be designated NAQT-Style Events.

In order for a tournament to qualify as NAQT-Style, it must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Rules. The tournament must use NAQT Rules. The only rule that need not be followed is that the tournament need not be timed if sufficient clocks are not available. If the tournament is not timed, two halves of 10 questions each will be used.

  • Style. The questions used must be in tossup/bonus format and may or may not have PowerMarks(sm). Point values, subject matter, and question structure must be similar, but not necessarily identical, to those used by NAQT.

NAQT-Style events have no effect on qualification for NAQT's national championship events. In contrast, at the high school level Unofficial Events and Official Events qualify one or more teams for the High School National Championship. At the collegiate level, the only guaranteed qualification for the Intercollegiate Championship Tournament is done through hosting or winning a division at a Sectional Championship Tournament (SCT).

Questions regarding the status of an event or this policy in general should be directed to