This page explains the purpose of the difficulty scale used by this website (called “the college quizbowl calendar difficulty scale”).
Traditional difficulty terms like “Regular” and vague qualifiers like “Fall-plus” or “Regular-minus” are non-standard and confusing and should be deprecated (read more).
|Approx.||Example (non-definitional)||Deprecated terms|
|●||2017 ACF Fall|
|●●||2017 EFT||old “Regular difficulty” was ambiguous and referred to any of these|
|●●●||2018 ACF Regionals|
|●●●●||2018 ACF Nationals|
This site uses the following four-level scale:
|Difficulty||Example (non-definitional)||Difficulty is most comfortable for|
|●||Easy||2017 ACF Fall||✓︎||✓︎|
|●●●||Regionals||2018 ACF Regionals||︎||✓||✓︎|
|●●●●||Nationals||2018 ACF Nationals and above||︎||︎||✓︎|
This scale was designed to be unambiguous and easy to communicate, especially to people not well-versed in quizbowl. It assumes that there are only a few fundamental levels in quizbowl’s difficulty progression.
If you plan to write a tournament, please consider targeting one of these four difficulty levels. Like overly long questions, difficulty creep is selfish and insular; quizbowl does not need to be so hard.
Although difficulty varies on a continuous scale in reality, please avoid using half-dots for rating your own tournament’s difficulty. Please also avoid using the ambiguous abbreviation “regs.”