College Distribution


This is the template distribution used by NAQT for its 2015–2016 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
Literature 99 70 / 67 4.4 / 4.2
     Religious Literature 5 4 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
         Christian Literature 1 2 / 2 0.1 / 0.1
         Non Christian Literature 1 2 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
     Nonreligious Literature 90 66 / 64 4.1 / 4.0
         English Literature 52 42 / 40 2.6 / 2.5
             American Literature 50 21 / 20 1.3 / 1.2
             British Literature 50 21 / 20 1.3 / 1.2
         European Literature 19 15 / 15 0.9 / 0.9
         World Literature 6 5 / 5 0.3 / 0.3
         Misc Literature 5 4 / 4 0.2 / 0.2
Science 103 72 / 71 4.5 / 4.4
     Physics 22 16 / 15 1.0 / 0.9
     Astronomy 7 5 / 5 0.3 / 0.3
         Astronomy Non Solar System 1 2 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
         Astronomy Misc 2 3 / 4 0.2 / 0.2
     Biology 22 15 / 16 0.9 / 1.0
         Anatomy Medicine Biology 25 4 / 4 0.2 / 0.2
         Cell Molecular Biology 25 4 / 4 0.2 / 0.2
         Organismal Population Biology 25 4 / 4 0.2 / 0.2
         Non Medicine Biology 15 2 / 2 0.1 / 0.1
         Miscellaneous Biology 10 1 / 2 0.1 / 0.1
     Chemistry 22 15 / 16 0.9 / 1.0
         Organic Chemistry 20 3 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
         Physical Chemistry 15 3 / 2 0.2 / 0.1
         Non Element Non Organic Chemistry 35 5 / 6 0.3 / 0.4
         Non Element Chemistry 20 3 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
         Miscellaneous Chemistry 10 1 / 2 0.1 / 0.1
     Math 10 7 / 7 0.4 / 0.4
     Computer Science 4 3 / 2 0.2 / 0.1
     Earth Science 5 4 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
     Misc Science 10 7 / 7 0.4 / 0.4
Fine Arts 49 35 / 33 2.2 / 2.1
     Visual 38 16 / 16 1.0 / 1.0
         Painting 12 9 / 8 0.6 / 0.5
         Architecture 4 3 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
         Sculpture 4 3 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
         Visual Other 2 1 / 2 0.1 / 0.1
     Music 26 11 / 11 0.7 / 0.7
         Composers Works 12 8 / 9 0.5 / 0.6
         Instruments Theory Performers 3 2 / 2 0.1 / 0.1
         Misc Music 1 1 / 0 0.1 / 0.0
     Performance 10 5 / 4 0.3 / 0.2
         Opera 100 4 / 4 0.2 / 0.2
         Dance 5 0 / 0 0.0 / 0.0
         Theater 5 0 / 0 0.0 / 0.0
         Misc Performance 10 1 / 0 0.1 / 0.0
     Misc Fine Arts 6 3 / 2 0.2 / 0.1
History 103 72 / 71 4.5 / 4.4
     American History 36 26 / 25 1.6 / 1.6
         American Military History 7 4 / 5 0.2 / 0.3
         American Govt History 17 11 / 11 0.7 / 0.7
         American Social History 12 8 / 7 0.5 / 0.4
         American History 4 3 / 2 0.2 / 0.1
     European History 23 16 / 17 1.0 / 1.1
         British History 10 5 / 6 0.3 / 0.4
         French History 6 4 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
         Russian History 6 3 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
         German History 6 3 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
         Italian History 3 1 / 2 0.1 / 0.1
     World History 18 13 / 13 0.8 / 0.8
         Asian History 8 6 / 7 0.4 / 0.4
             Chinese History 2 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
             Japanese History 2 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
             Indian History 2 0 / 1 0.0 / 0.1
             Middle Eastern History 3 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
             Misc Asian History 7 3 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
         African History 2 2 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
         South American History 2 2 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
         North American History 4 3 / 4 0.2 / 0.2
             Mexican History 2 1 / 2 0.1 / 0.1
             Canadian History 2 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
             Other North America 2 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
     Ancient History 8 6 / 5 0.4 / 0.3
         Ancient Greece History 2 2 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
         Ancient Rome History 3 2 / 2 0.1 / 0.1
         Ancient History Non Class 3 2 / 2 0.1 / 0.1
     Religious History 4 3 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
     Misc Europe History 5 4 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
     Non America Non Europe History 2 1 / 2 0.1 / 0.1
     Misc History 4 3 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
Geography 28 20 / 19 1.2 / 1.2
     North American Geography 25 5 / 5 0.3 / 0.3
     World Geography 75 15 / 14 0.9 / 0.9
         European Geography 25 4 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
         Asian Geography 30 4 / 5 0.2 / 0.3
         African Geography 20 3 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
         South American Geography 10 2 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
         Misc World Geography 15 2 / 2 0.1 / 0.1
Mythology 18 13 / 12 0.8 / 0.8
     Classical Myth 4 6 / 6 0.4 / 0.4
     Scandinavian Myth 1 2 / 2 0.1 / 0.1
     Nonclassical Myth 1 2 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
     Non European Myth 1 2 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
     Misc Myth 1 1 / 2 0.1 / 0.1
PC Sports 44 31 / 30 1.9 / 1.9
     Sports 25 8 / 7 0.5 / 0.4
         Major Sport 12 4 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
             Baseball 2 2 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
                 Baseball Modern 10 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
                 Baseball Any Time 10 1 / 0 0.1 / 0.0
             Football 2 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
                 Football Modern 10 1 / 0 0.1 / 0.0
                 Football Any Time 10 0 / 1 0.0 / 0.1
             Basketball 2 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
                 Basketball Modern 10 1 / 0 0.1 / 0.0
                 Basketball Any Time 10 0 / 1 0.0 / 0.1
         Minor Sport 5 2 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
             Minor Sport Modern 2 1 / 0 0.1 / 0.0
             Minor Sport Any Time 3 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
         Misc Sports 8 2 / 3 0.1 / 0.2
             Misc Sports Modern 1 1 / 2 0.1 / 0.1
             Misc Sports Any Time 1 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
     Pop Culture 75 23 / 23 1.4 / 1.4
         PC TV 18 5 / 5 0.3 / 0.3
             PC TV Modern 1 3 / 2 0.2 / 0.1
             PC TV Any Time 1 2 / 3 0.1 / 0.2
         PC Music 18 5 / 5 0.3 / 0.3
             PC Music Modern 1 3 / 2 0.2 / 0.1
             PC Music Any Time 1 2 / 3 0.1 / 0.2
         PC Film 18 5 / 5 0.3 / 0.3
             PC Film Modern 1 3 / 2 0.2 / 0.1
             PC Film Any Time 1 2 / 3 0.1 / 0.2
         PC Computer Games 4 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
         PC Broadway 4 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
         PC Comics 2 1 / 0 0.1 / 0.0
         PC Other 8 2 / 2 0.1 / 0.1
             PC Other Modern 4 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
             PC Other Any Time 4 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
         PC Misc 12 3 / 4 0.2 / 0.2
Social Science 27 19 / 18 1.2 / 1.1
     Anthropology Sociology 24 5 / 5 0.3 / 0.3
     Archaeology 8 2 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
     Physical Anthropology 2 0 / 1 0.0 / 0.1
     Economics 16 3 / 4 0.2 / 0.2
     Linguistics 8 2 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
     Government 8 2 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
     Jurisprudence 4 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
     Psychology 16 3 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
     Misc Social Science 4 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
Theo Phil 22 15 / 15 0.9 / 0.9
     Theology 25 4 / 4 0.2 / 0.2
     Philosophy 75 11 / 11 0.7 / 0.7
         Philosophy Pre 1800 30 3 / 4 0.2 / 0.2
         Philosophy Post 1800 30 3 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
         Philosophy Misc 40 5 / 4 0.3 / 0.2
Current Events 30 21 / 21 1.3 / 1.3
     CE Business 5 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
     US Current Events 50 10 / 10 0.6 / 0.6
         US CE Political 36 5 / 4 0.3 / 0.2
         US CE Social 22 3 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
         US CE Misc 20 2 / 3 0.1 / 0.2
     World Current Events 50 10 / 10 0.6 / 0.6
         World CE Political 40 4 / 5 0.2 / 0.3
         World CE Social 15 2 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
         World CE Misc 35 4 / 4 0.2 / 0.2
Miscellaneous 23 / 40 16 / 27 1.0 / 1.7
     Mixed 18 / 35 13 / 24 0.8 / 1.5
         Mixed Pure Academic 11 / 22 8 / 15 0.5 / 0.9
         Mixed Impure Academic 7 / 13 5 / 9 0.3 / 0.6
     Mixed or GK 4 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.