2015 SSNCT Survey

This survey gathered feedback from players and coaches about NAQT’s 2015 Small School National Championship Tournament. There were 294 responses.

Some questions have responses that don’t total to exactly 100%; this is due to the rounding of individual values. Percentages reported are of those answering each individual question, since not all respondents answered every question. In most cases, nonzero values that round to 0% are not shown.

Respondent

What is your role?

84%
Player
14%
Coach
1%
Other
1%
Not Specified

Where did you stay during the SSNCT?

94%
Tournament hotel (Hilton)
4%
Other hotel
2%
Home

Spectators

How many spectators (siblings, friends, parents) did your team bring to the SSNCT?

40%
None
12%
1
15%
2
9%
3
5%
4
8%
5
1%
7
2%
8
1%
9
2%
10
1%
11
2%
12

School Size for SSNCT

How many students (in grades 10–12) should be the maximum for a public, non-selective school to be eligible for the SSNCT?

Answers were grouped into bands of 50. Non-numeric answers were ignored.

15%
0–50
2%
51–100
1%
101–150
2%
151–200
4%
201–250
8%
251–300
2%
301–350
19%
351–400
4%
401–450
23%
451–500
1%
501–550
11%
551–600
0%
601–650
4%
651–700
2%
701–750
1%
751–800
1%
>800

Distribution

For each category, please indicate whether you would like to see many more, more, the same, fewer, or many fewer questions in that area at a future SSNCT. The “%” column contains the current percentage of the set devoted to that category.

Subject Area % Many fewer Fewer Same More Much More
Current Events 7.3% 3% 13% 48% 26% 11%
Fine Arts 7.1% 9% 20% 45% 20% 6%
General Knowledge / Mixed 5.6% 0% 3% 57% 30% 10%
Geography 7.9% 2% 19% 45% 27% 7%
History 19.0% 1% 14% 49% 24% 12%
Literature 16.9% 14% 23% 39% 16% 8%
Mythology 2.5% 3% 8% 41% 30% 18%
Philosophy 1.7% 5% 21% 51% 19% 4%
Popular Culture 5.0% 6% 7% 28% 32% 26%
Science / Math 22.7% 11% 20% 44% 14% 11%
Social Science 2.7% 4% 11% 62% 19% 5%
Sports 1.7% 21% 16% 30% 17% 16%

How many computation questions per game (fractional answers acceptable) should NAQT include at future SSNCTs?

Answers were rounded to the nearest 0.5. Non-numeric answers and answers not between 0 and 24 (inclusive) were ignored.

Questions Tossups Bonuses
0 55% 28%
0.5 1% 3%
1 22% 38%
1.5 0% 1%
2 10% 15%
2.5 0% 2%
3 7% 7%
4 1% 3%
5 1% 1%
15 0% 1%

How do you feel about math or physics bonus questions that have a single computational part?

11%
Strongly like them, use every game
29%
Like them, use sometimes
28%
Neutral
16%
Dislike them
16%
Strongly dislike them

At a future tournament, would you pay $20 extra to receive a report after the tournament detailing your team’s performance by category and question type (for example: 7 of 9 on Opera tossups, 13 of 18 on Biology bonus parts)?

56%
Yes
44%
No

Difficulty

For each category, please indicate whether you thought the questions in those categories at the 2015 SSNCT were too hard, about right, or too easy.

Category Too easy About right Too hard
Current Events 2% 86% 13%
Fine Arts 2% 67% 31%
General Knowledge / Mixed 2% 95% 3%
Geography 2% 82% 16%
History 3% 87% 11%
Literature 3% 64% 33%
Mythology 3% 85% 12%
Philosophy 2% 70% 28%
Pop Culture 9% 86% 5%
Science / Math 2% 71% 27%
Social Science 3% 87% 10%
Sports 3% 87% 10%

Out of 30, how many points per bonus should the following groups in your division average at an ideal SSNCT?

Answers were rounded to the nearest integer. Non-numeric answers and answers not between 0 and 30 (inclusive) were ignored.

PPB The field Top four teams Bottom four teams
0 0% 0% 11%
3 0% 0% 1%
5 0% 0% 19%
6 0% 0% 2%
7 0% 0% 1%
8 0% 0% 5%
9 0% 0% 3%
10 14% 0% 44%
12 1% 0% 1%
13 1% 0% 1%
14 1% 0% 0%
15 36% 2% 4%
16 2% 0% 0%
17 2% 0% 0%
18 2% 0% 0%
19 1% 0% 0%
20 31% 13% 2%
21 0% 1% 0%
22 0% 4% 0%
23 0% 3% 0%
25 1% 26% 0%
26 0% 2% 0%
27 0% 2% 0%
28 0% 3% 0%
30 4% 37% 3%

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