High School Subject Distribution

This is a template distribution used by NAQT for its Invitational Series question sets.

Category Name Weights Per Set
(12 Packets)
Tossup / Bonus
Per Packet
     Literature 40 48 / 48 4.0 / 4.0
         Religious Literature 5 3 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
             Judeo Christian Literature 5 1 / 2 0.1 / 0.2
             Non Judeo Christian Literature 4 2 / 1 0.2 / 0.1
         English Literature 56 30 / 30 2.5 / 2.5
             American Literature 50 15 / 15 1.2 / 1.2
             British Literature 50 15 / 15 1.2 / 1.2
         Non English Literature 21 12 / 11 1.0 / 0.9
             European Literature 16 9 / 9 0.8 / 0.8
             World Literature 5 3 / 2 0.2 / 0.2
         Young Reader Literature 3 1 / 2 0.1 / 0.2
         Any Literature 5 2 / 2 0.2 / 0.2
     Science and Math 54 66 / 64 5.5 / 5.3
         Math 37 20 / 20 1.7 / 1.7
             Computation 23 11 / 12 0.9 / 1.0
             Theory 17 9 / 8 0.8 / 0.7
         Science 83 46 / 44 3.8 / 3.7
             Physics 22 12 / 12 1.0 / 1.0
             Astronomy 7 4 / 4 0.3 / 0.3
                 Non Solar System 1 1 / 2 0.1 / 0.2
                 Any Astronomy 2 3 / 2 0.2 / 0.2
             Biology 22 13 / 11 1.1 / 0.9
                 Anatomy Medicine Biology 25 4 / 2 0.3 / 0.2
                 Cell Molecular Biology 25 3 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
                 Organismal Population Biology 25 3 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
                 Non Medicine Biology 15 2 / 2 0.2 / 0.2
                 Any Biology 10 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
             Chemistry 17 9 / 9 0.8 / 0.8
                 Non Element 2 6 / 6 0.5 / 0.5
                 Any Chemistry 1 3 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
             Computer Science 3 2 / 2 0.2 / 0.2
             Earth Science 5 3 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
             Other Science 2 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
             Any Science 5 2 / 2 0.2 / 0.2
     Fine Arts 20 25 / 24 2.1 / 2.0
         Visual 38 11 / 11 0.9 / 0.9
             Painting 12 6 / 6 0.5 / 0.5
             Architecture 4 2 / 2 0.2 / 0.2
             Sculpture 4 2 / 2 0.2 / 0.2
             Other 2 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
         Music 32 9 / 9 0.8 / 0.8
             Composers Works 24 6 / 6 0.5 / 0.5
             Jazz 4 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
             Instruments Theory ClassicalPerformers 6 1 / 2 0.1 / 0.2
             Any Music 2 1 / 0 0.1 / 0.0
         Performance 10 3 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
             Opera 100 2 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
             Dance 5 0 / 0 0.0 / 0.0
             Theater 5 1 / 0 0.1 / 0.0
             Any Performance 10 0 / 0 0.0 / 0.0
         Any Fine Arts 6 2 / 1 0.2 / 0.1
     History 46 55 / 54 4.6 / 4.5
         American History 40 20 / 21 1.7 / 1.8
             American Military History 7 4 / 3 0.3 / 0.2
             American Govt History 17 8 / 8 0.7 / 0.7
             American Social History 12 6 / 7 0.5 / 0.6
             American History 4 2 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
         European History 23 12 / 11 1.0 / 0.9
             British History 8 5 / 5 0.4 / 0.4
             French History 3 2 / 2 0.2 / 0.2
             Russian History 3 2 / 2 0.2 / 0.2
             German History 3 2 / 2 0.2 / 0.2
             Italian History 1 1 / 0 0.1 / 0.0
         World History 18 10 / 9 0.8 / 0.8
             Asian History 8 6 / 5 0.5 / 0.4
                 Chinese History 1 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
                 Japanese History 1 1 / 0 0.1 / 0.0
                 Indian History 1 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
                 Middle Eastern History 1 0 / 0 0.0 / 0.0
                 Asian History 4 3 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
             African History 2 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
             South American History 2 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
             North American History 3 2 / 2 0.2 / 0.2
                 Mexican History 2 1 / 0 0.1 / 0.0
                 Canadian History 2 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
                 Other North American History 2 0 / 1 0.0 / 0.1
         Ancient History 8 4 / 4 0.3 / 0.3
             Ancient Greece History 2 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
             Ancient Rome History 3 2 / 1 0.2 / 0.1
             Non Classical 3 1 / 2 0.1 / 0.2
         Cross History 18 9 / 9 0.8 / 0.8
             Religious History 4 2 / 2 0.2 / 0.2
             Exploration History 4 2 / 2 0.2 / 0.2
             Europe History 4 2 / 2 0.2 / 0.2
             Non America Non Europe History 2 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
             Any History 4 2 / 2 0.2 / 0.2
     Geography 19 23 / 23 1.9 / 1.9
         North American Geography 30 7 / 7 0.6 / 0.6
         World Geography 70 16 / 16 1.3 / 1.3
             European Geography 25 4 / 4 0.3 / 0.3
             Asian Geography 30 5 / 5 0.4 / 0.4
             African Geography 20 3 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
             South American Geography 10 2 / 2 0.2 / 0.2
             Any World Geography 15 2 / 2 0.2 / 0.2
     Mythology 6 7 / 7 0.6 / 0.6
         Classical Myth 60 4 / 5 0.3 / 0.4
         Scandinavian Myth 10 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
         Non European Myth 10 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
         Nonclassical Myth 10 1 / 0 0.1 / 0.0
         Any Myth 10 0 / 0 0.0 / 0.0
     Pop Culture Sports 16 19 / 18 1.6 / 1.5
         Sports 25 5 / 5 0.4 / 0.4
             Major Sport 12 2 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
                 Baseball 2 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
                     Modern 10 0 / 1 0.0 / 0.1
                     Any Time 10 1 / 0 0.1 / 0.0
                 Football 2 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
                     Modern 10 0 / 1 0.0 / 0.1
                     Any Time 10 1 / 0 0.1 / 0.0
                 Basketball 2 0 / 1 0.0 / 0.1
                     Modern 10 0 / 1 0.0 / 0.1
                     Any Time 10 0 / 0 0.0 / 0.0
             Minor Sport 6 2 / 1 0.2 / 0.1
                 Modern 2 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
                 Any Time 3 1 / 0 0.1 / 0.0
             Any Sports 7 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
                 Modern 1 1 / 0 0.1 / 0.0
                 Any Time 1 0 / 1 0.0 / 0.1
         Pop Culture 75 14 / 13 1.2 / 1.1
             TV 18 3 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
                 Pop Culture TV Modern 1 2 / 1 0.2 / 0.1
                 Pop Culture TV Any Time 1 1 / 2 0.1 / 0.2
             Music 18 2 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
                 Pop Culture Music Modern 1 1 / 2 0.1 / 0.2
                 Pop Culture Music Any Time 1 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
             Film 18 3 / 2 0.2 / 0.2
                 Pop Culture Film Modern 1 2 / 1 0.2 / 0.1
                 Pop Culture Film Any Time 1 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
             Video Games 16 3 / 2 0.2 / 0.2
             Musicals 4 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
             Comics 4 0 / 0 0.0 / 0.0
             Other 6 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
                 Pop Culture Other Modern 4 1 / 0 0.1 / 0.0
                 Pop Culture Other Any Time 4 0 / 1 0.0 / 0.1
             Any 12 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
     Social Science 6 7 / 8 0.6 / 0.7
         Anthropology Sociology 16 2 / 2 0.2 / 0.2
         Archaeology 8 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
         Economics 16 1 / 2 0.1 / 0.2
         Government 8 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
         Jurisprudence 4 0 / 0 0.0 / 0.0
         Political Phil 4 0 / 0 0.0 / 0.0
         Psychology 16 2 / 2 0.2 / 0.2
         Any Social Science 6 0 / 0 0.0 / 0.0
     Theo Phil 5 7 / 6 0.6 / 0.5
         Theology 40 3 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
         Philosophy 60 4 / 3 0.3 / 0.2
     Current Events 15 19 / 18 1.6 / 1.5
         Business 5 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
         Science 5 1 / 0 0.1 / 0.0
         US Current Events 50 8 / 9 0.7 / 0.8
             Political 36 4 / 4 0.3 / 0.3
             Social 22 2 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
             Any 20 2 / 2 0.2 / 0.2
         World Current Events 50 9 / 8 0.8 / 0.7
             Political 45 5 / 4 0.4 / 0.3
             Social 15 1 / 2 0.1 / 0.2
             Any 30 3 / 2 0.2 / 0.2
     Miscellaneous 10 / 16 12 / 18 1.0 / 1.5
         Mixed 18 / 35 10 / 16 0.8 / 1.3
             Pure Academic 10 / 21 6 / 9 0.5 / 0.8
             Impure Academic 8 / 14 4 / 7 0.3 / 0.6
         Mixed or General Knowledge 5 2 / 2 0.2 / 0.2

The Weights column gives the numeric weights associated with each category; these are relative to the weights of sibling categories. If, for example, 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 Set column shows the total number of tossups and bonuses in that category for the entire set.

The Per Packet column shows the per-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 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.

Question sets may differ slightly in that in each category (not only the innermost categories), at most one question may be shifted from tossup to bonus (or vice versa). For example, if a category is listed as 0/1 here, it does not mean that every question set will have a bonus and no set will have a tossup; there is an equal chance that the one question would be a tossup or a bonus.

Introductory Invitational Series (sets whose number is followed by ‘A’) use a slightly different distribution.