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Old 03-06-2018, 07:24 PM
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I just finished taking the Jeopardy! test

If I have to guess, I'd say I got about 2/3 right. I'd also guess that's not good enough to be selected.

There were at least a couple that I thought of the correct answer too late. The Bible is probably a lost cause, but I should brush up on geography for next time.

Anybody else giving it a shot this time around?
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Old 03-06-2018, 08:14 PM
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I think I got 42 or 43 right depending on how lenient they are about typos. That's about what I usually get on these things. I noticed I misspelled The Alchemist a split second before it was too late to change it

I'm kicking myself for typing first names when they aren't required. I typed "Kelly Conway," thinking her full name was "Kelly Anne Conway." Nope, her first name is Kellyanne, so my answer will probably be marked wrong.

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Old 03-06-2018, 09:32 PM
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Can't you answer (question) "Conway"?
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Old 03-08-2018, 01:34 PM
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Can't you answer (question) "Conway"?
Yeah, I think that's what bibliophage is saying; "Conway" would have been acceptable, "Kelly Conway" would likely not be.

My regret was not setting up a video of myself taking the test, so that I could go back and determine exactly how I did. I actually thought I might be able to snap a photo of each question, but while 15 seconds seems like plenty of time, there was no way I was going to do that and still be able to concentrate on answering.
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Old 03-08-2018, 01:45 PM
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You can find the clues and answers online pretty soon after each test ends.
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Old 03-08-2018, 01:57 PM
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The one I took in the studio 20 years back had 50 questions. How many did this one have?
They didn't tell you how you did, but I thought I got 48 right, and they picked me to film the second week of the season, so I suppose I did do okay.
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Old 03-08-2018, 02:07 PM
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I believe that they're a little looser with answers during the testing phase, so they might well accept "Kelly Conway." The contestant coordinators are not the same as the judges for the actual playing of the show, and they seem to be a lot more accepting of what is a correct answer.

I've taken the online test several times, and have been invited to audition in person three times.* You take another 50-question test (this one with pen and paper) at the in-person audition. They tell you flat out that if your answer is anywhere near the correct answer, they'll take it. If you put an obviously right answer, but it's off by one line (say, you put the correct answer to question 15 on line 16), they'll take it. At that stage, I think they're trying to get as many potential contestants as possible, and are erring on the side of inclusion rather than exclusion.

* And have actually just gotten home from being a contestant--be watching on June 27 and you'll see me!
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Old 03-08-2018, 02:52 PM
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I took the traveling test in DC some time in the early-mid 1990s. From MrAtoz's description, it seems that the current online test serves as a combination recruitment tool and initial filter preceding the same process they used back then. IOW, I applied by mail or online and received a letter inviting me to take the written test in DC on a particular day and time. People who score above the cut-line were invited to stay and do some simple game play in front of a camera while the rest of us were thanked and sent on our way (we were told that we could tell our friends that "Alex said we missed by one question").
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Old 03-08-2018, 03:03 PM
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I take it every time I can. Barely get a 1/3 of the answers right (probably, I never look) then wonder why I fool myself into thinking I'm smart and take the self esteem hit.



Then I wait for the next one and do it all again cuz I'm not only dumb...I'm a masochist.
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Old 03-08-2018, 10:13 PM
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Just finished Thursday's, maybe got 3/4 right? Fingers crossed!
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Old 03-08-2018, 10:18 PM
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I took it and felt like I did pretty well, all except for picking an appropriate device to take the test with. I got to the end of the test, to a screen that was supposed to close, but my iPad got stuck there. And now the dashboard doesn’t show that I took the test at all.
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Old 03-09-2018, 01:32 AM
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And now the dashboard doesn’t show that I took the test at all.
I got an email saying it'll show up as taken within 24 hours, so don't freak out yet.

Looking at the answers posted on r/jeopardy, looks like I got ~38/50 which is pretty close to the 75% I felt like I got. Lots of people saying it was fairly easy though so probably not helping my chances.
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Old 03-09-2018, 02:32 AM
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I took the Thursday test as well. I found a thread on reddit a couple hours later that claims to have the answers. I got either 42 or 43; can't remember what I answered for question 4.

The nearest audition city for this round is New York. Since I'd have to travel for the audition anyway, I almost picked a smaller city. If they select people at random from those who pass the test, I wonder if my chances would be better in the place with the fewest applicants.

I got to an in-person audition once, but I'm pretty sure I screwed it up. I hope they don't have a "never, ever let this person on the show" book with my name in it.
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Old 03-09-2018, 03:35 AM
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I also got a stuck screen at the end but then an E-mail soon afterwards acknowledging that I took the test.
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Old 03-09-2018, 09:17 AM
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I also got a stuck screen at the end but then an E-mail soon afterwards acknowledging that I took the test.
Thanks. Same thing happened to me. I just assumed the stuck closing screen was a sign that my session did not submit properly. Fortunately all is well.

What did I learn? Even though I was able to complete the test, the iPad was a poor choice of tool for taking it. Really hard to type quickly enough for the questions where I did not immediately know the answer. But since I didn’t even know the test was happening until earlier yesterday afternoon, I'm just glad I had this shot at a try.
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Old 03-09-2018, 09:56 AM
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Hope nobody minds a minor hijack...

In an English pub quiz, our team were asked "Who wrote the detective stories set in the 87th Precinct?"

Well I'd read (and enjoyed) most of them - but I couldn't remember that the author was
SPOILER:
Ed McBain.

However I remembered that the author used a pen-name and that his real name was
SPOILER:
Evan Hunter.


Would you have given me a point for a correct answer?
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Old 03-12-2018, 01:38 PM
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As a veteran of the online test, and a frequenter of the Jeopardy message board, I can say that the consensus is that a passing score (one that might garner you an invitation to an onsite audition) is 35 out of 50.
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Old 03-12-2018, 04:57 PM
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I just found a video of the test and scored myself. I got 30.

There were a couple that I knew, and kicked myself for blanking on (Sleeping Beauty, Henrik Ibsen), but I also landed a couple of wild guesses, so I suppose that’s a wash.

So it doesn’t sound like they’ll be beating down my door to audition. But I’m glad I did it. I know now what to expect next time, and hopefully I’ll do better. 😊
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Old 03-12-2018, 05:16 PM
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Thanks, all. I could only do Thursday, but a friend needed help, and I was kicking myself for missing the test. But if you smartypantses didn't ace it, no way would I'd've been good enough to move on.

Guess I can stop practicing my Witty Repartee for when I'm meeting Alex on the set... "I'm sorry, Al was it? I'mma cut off your obsequiousness right there. Could you frame your adulation and admiration of my awesomeness in the form of a question?"

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Old 03-12-2018, 05:59 PM
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Guess I can stop practicing my Witty Repartee for when I'm meeting Alex on the set... "I'm sorry, Al was it? I'mma cut off your obsequiousness right there. Could you frame your adulation and admiration of my awesomeness in the form of a question?"
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Old 03-12-2018, 08:43 PM
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Thanks, all. I could only do Thursday, but a friend needed help, and I was kicking myself for missing the test. But if you smartypantses didn't ace it, no way would I'd've been good enough to move on.

Guess I can stop practicing my Witty Repartee for when I'm meeting Alex on the set... "I'm sorry, Al was it? I'mma cut off your obsequiousness right there. Could you frame your adulation and admiration of my awesomeness in the form of a question?"
Ironic you should say that, “Repartee” was one of the correct answers on Thursday’s test. Missed that one having guessed “Touché” instead, but got 37 others right. Hope that’s enough and I get picked in the random draw for audition. Any idea if city selection affects odds to be called for audition?
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Old 03-13-2018, 12:07 AM
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Ironic you should say that, “Repartee” was one of the correct answers on Thursday’s test. Missed that one having guessed “Touché” instead, but got 37 others right. Hope that’s enough and I get picked in the random draw for audition. Any idea if city selection affects odds to be called for audition?
I think touché was the correct response. There was some speculation on the unofficial Jeopardy message board whether repartee might also be acceptable, but most posters agreed that touché was the intended response. That was question 48 of the Pacific test (Thursday, March 8).
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Old 03-13-2018, 07:52 AM
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Yeah, based on that clue, the correct answer has got to be Touché. I would count "Repartee" as incorrect.
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Old 03-13-2018, 06:26 PM
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I think touché was the correct response. There was some speculation on the unofficial Jeopardy message board whether repartee might also be acceptable, but most posters agreed that touché was the intended response. That was question 48 of the Pacific test (Thursday, March 8).
I’m glad to hear that. A website I checked shortly after had it as repartee, but obviously that’s nothing official.
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Old 03-13-2018, 07:32 PM
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I’m glad to hear that. A website I checked shortly after had it as repartee, but obviously that’s nothing official.
I'll tell Alex that he should count both. As a rapier-wielding francophone, I really think either would be correct. (Which means that if I'd gotten that on the show, I would've replied "What umm what is... ooh, what's that word? Oh, what do I say in that situation? Oh, right... 'I've got you now, my pretty'..." Oh, wait...)
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Old 03-15-2018, 02:17 PM
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Touché is definitely the correct answer. I believe the speculation on J Board was over riposte not repartee.
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Old 03-17-2018, 03:43 AM
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Touché is definitely the correct answer. I believe the speculation on J Board was over riposte not repartee.
Why would anyone speculate that? A riposte doesn’t acknowledge anything.
Unless one wishes to argue that bothering to respond counts as an acknowledgement that a valid point had been made (and that’s a little convoluted for Jeopardy!).

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