Sample Questions

The following sample packets are available for teams interested in hosting events or purchasing practice questions. All packets are PDFs.

Middle School Series Packet (from MS #23)

These are NAQT’s basic questions for middle school tournaments.

Middle School National Championship Packet (from 2018)

These are more difficult middle school questions used at the Middle School National Championship Tournament held each spring.

Introductory Invitational Series Packet (from IS #167A)

These questions (formerly known as “A-level” sets) are intended for use at early-in-the-year high school tournaments, tournaments with new or inexperienced players, and tournaments with teams unfamiliar with NAQT questions. They can be licensed for high school or community college tournaments, but are probably inappropriately easy for varsity play by four-year colleges.

Invitational Series Packet (from IS #168)

These are NAQT’s basic questions used at “regular” tournaments throughout the year. They can be licensed for high school, community college, and other events.

TV Series Packet

These are questions written for television shows. Each packet has 40 short tossups, 40 one-part bonuses, and four lightning rounds. Licensing these questions for broadcast requires special arrangements with NAQT to ensure that no broadcasts occur before all users of the questions have finished taping. Contact tv@naqt.com for details.

Small School National Championship Packet (from 2018)

These are high school questions that are used at the Small School National Championship Tournament that is annually held around the end of April.

High School National Championship Packet (from 2018)

These are difficult high school questions that are used at the High School National Championship Tournament that is annually held around Memorial Day weekend. These questions would also be appropriate for most college varsity teams, but are probably too difficult for the bulk of high school teams.

Sectional Championship Packet (from 2018)

These are relatively difficult questions used at the Sectional Championship Tournaments held each February to determine the teams that will go on to compete at the Intercollegiate Championship Tournament. Community College SCTs use regular Invitational Series questions.

Sectional Championship Division II Packet (from 2018)

These questions are used for Division II at NAQT’s Sectional Championship Tournaments, which determine the teams that will go on to compete in Division II of the Intercollegiate Championship Tournament.

Intercollegiate Championship Packet (from 2018)

These are very difficult questions used at the Intercollegiate Championship Tournament, which has the best college teams from the United States, Canada, and Great Britain in attendance.

Intercollegiate Championship Division II Packet (from 2018)

These questions are used for Division II at NAQT’s Intercollegiate Championship Tournament.

Speed Check Series Packet (from 2017–2018)

These are short (one-sentence) pyramidal questions. There are no bonuses.

Lightning Rounds (from 2017–2018)

Each question in this type of set consists of ten related, very short parts, and is meant to be completely read and answered in 60 seconds.

Thumbs Up for History: Middle School and High School

Sample History sets from NAQT’s Thumbs Up! line of study guides. These questions are focused on history and other important topics from the past. Other subjects and difficulty levels are also available.

Practice Material

The packets above are examples of each type of set we offer; you can choose from hundreds more packet sets to order. You might also want to consider NAQT’s Frequency Lists as well as using our free You Gotta Know articles.

If you have any questions about NAQT or its questions, please contact us at naqt@naqt.com. We would be happy to advise you on which questions would be most appropriate as for your team practices or for your tournament.

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