Asian Championship Tournament

NAQT is pleased to announce a high school quiz bowl championship tournament at the Singapore American School in Singapore on March 10, 2018.

Quiz bowl is an academic game in which teams of four players compete against each other to “buzz in” to answer questions about history, science, literature, mathematics, geography, current events, popular culture, and pretty much any other conceivable subject.

To qualify for the Asian Championship, a school must not be located in North America and must have finished in the top half of a tournament using NAQT questions or receive a wildcard invitation.

The top teams will qualify for the 2018 High School National Championship Tournament, which will be held May 25–27 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. The top teams from small schools will qualify for the 2018 Small School National Championship Tournament, which will be held April 27–29 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.


The tournament will take place on the campus of the Singapore American School in the Woodlands neighborhood, Singapore.


Opening meeting 9:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Preliminary games 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Playoffs 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Awards As playoffs finish

During check-in, teams will receive a copy of the rules and their schedule for the day, and will be asked to verify the roster of players they entered when registering.

The opening meeting will go over the rules, format, and schedule. Coaches, players, and parents will have an opportunity to ask questions. Teams are also encouraged to ask questions in advance by e-mailing Joyce Sun (

Each team will play five preliminary rounds; the top teams from those round will advance to afternoon playoffs. The criteria for advancement will be determined by the final field size.

The playoffs will be single-elimination and will last three to four rounds.

After the playoffs, there will be a brief awards presentation.


This tournament will use NAQT High School Eligibility Rules. To qualify for the Asian Championship, a school must not be located in North America and must have finished in the top half of a tournament using NAQT questions; teams may also request wildcards beginning on January 1, 2018 by writing to Joyce Sun ( If you have any questions about eligibility, contact


Coaches are not required to assist with the running of the tournament, but may moderate (read questions) in exchange for a $50 (S$67) stipend. Alternatively, any team who provides a staff member (which could be the coach or someone else) can receive a $50 (S$67) discount.


The format of the tournament will be determined by the number of teams that register. All participants are guaranteed at least ten games.


Coaches may register online. A free account on is required.

Coaches may (and should) register without knowing which players will be coming; they can update the roster at any time before the tournament begins.

Fees & Payment

The base registration fee is USD$400 (S$542) per team. There is a $50 (S$67) discount for bringing a working buzzer system. The fee covers registration and one printed copy of the questions. The questions will be a version of Invitational Series #174 that has specifically been modified for teams in Asia; the set will also incorporate questions from the 2017 NAQT Small School National Championship Tournament. The questions will not be distributed until the conclusion of the tournament; teams that leave early may pay $10 (S$14) to have the question set shipped to them.

Teams will pay at check-in. Checks should be made out to “National Academic Quiz Tournaments”; if you prefer to pay by credit card or PayPal, contact Joyce Sun (


The top three teams will receive trophies. Additionally, the top six individual scorers will receive All-Star awards.

Players must have heard at least 60 tossups during the tournament to be eligible for individual awards. Individual awards are based entirely on performance during the preliminary (not playoff) games.


This tournament will use questions from National Academic Quiz Tournaments, LLC. The specific set will be announced here when the details are finalized.

Preparing for the Tournament

We recommend reading the brief rules and then maybe the full rules.

NAQT sells practice questions for teams that would like to prepare more fully for the event. These are tournament questions from previous years, so they are identical in structure and format (but different in content) than the questions that will be asked at this tournament. The most similar questions are the ones named “Invitational Series #xxx” (not ending in “A”). All of these questions are written for an American audience, though, so they will have more American and less Asian content than the questions at this tournament.

Teams may also be interested in frequency lists and Power Up study guides or free You Gotta Know articles that give brief overviews of topics that come up very frequently (e.g. “You Gotta Know these ancient empires”).

Further Questions

Contact Joyce Sun ( with any questions.