As far as I know, the groups are pulled up based on the order they have you on their Master Sign-In List.
A few years back I was the last one called up for the mock game, and I know it was because I was rescheduled to a different date for the audition (couldn’t make the first one, they were very accommodating) and my name was basically written in red crayon at the bottom of the list.
I have no idea how they order the contestants for the mock games. I never even found out my score on the test. (Did you mean the on-line test to get to the audition, or the written test you take when you get there? I don’t know my score for either, except that I must have passed the on-line.) There was one woman from my audition group that I saw on the show, and as I recall, she was somewhere in the middle of the mock games.
A day late, perhaps, but some advice for the mock game. When they ask what you’d do with the money……don’t say “hookers and blow”.
I wonder if I should put that in the “things you learned the hard way” thread.
No, they don’t give you any scores on either. For the online test, you can go to the Sony chat boards and see the questions afterward and see how many you answered right, and for the written test, you just have to know, I guess. For example, one of the questions on my written test was (paraphrased, of course) “This man was Abraham Lincoln’s secretary of state” and I couldn’t come up with Seward in time. So I know I missed that one.
From what I understand, the mock game isn’t much about getting the questions right; it’s smiling and standing up straight and not saying “FUCK!” when you miss an answer.
ETA: jayjay, I haven’t heard. Last year it was late January, wasn’t it?
ETAA: When I said “I was about in the middle of the pack in the mock games,” I meant in the order in which they lined us up. I kicked ass in the mock games.
I aced the crap out of the written test and did well (I think - I mean I got a lot right and I buzzed in well and spoke clearly and didn’t pick my nose) in the mock game and didn’t get called, by the way - as of a few months ago I’m eligible to try again.
I did the audition at the studio, a long time before there was an on-line audition. They did not give scores, but I know I did pretty well. Playing along with me on the mock game was a guy with a bad stutter, who had aced the quiz several times but who never got on.
I was more with it in the audition than I was in the show as far as the chatting went.
I also don’t know who they schedule people who pass. I was on the second week’s worth of shows that season, but they seemed to include a certain number of locals in each set, who are the last to get on, since they don’t have to pay for their transportation.
Yeah, I imagine they’re all full up with librarians. A lot of people had way more interesting life stories than I did - I bet they got on. (I couldn’t watch the show after I auditioned because I didn’t want to see people I’d auditioned with!)
During my audition in the spring, Maggie specifically told us that the order of the groups wasn’t based on how you did on the test. I bet they get that question a lot.
At my audition there was a socially awkward guy who had auditioned five times. This is my second time in the pool, but I can’t help wondering if I’m that guy too. It might be less cruel to take someone aside and say, “You know, you’re just not going to get on the show. You can keep trying out for fun, but it’s not going to happen.”
To anyone who wants to audition, though, I have to say - the audition is tons of fun. View it as tons of fun and you will be a happy person. View it as “The Jeopardy Audition” and you will no doubt have a complex. Just enjoy it, and everybody has a positive experience.
I was there the 5th. There was someone auditioning for the second time. They asked him to say something about himself and he replied “Pretty much the same as last time, I’m still looking for work”. Then he turned to the rest of us and said “anyone need a mechanical engineer?”
True, but they certainly seemed to know this guy. He was memorable, had an unusual name, and had tried out four previous times. My point was that I get the feeling that some people will just never be called–whether because they are too odd, awkward on stage, or unattractive. It might be nice to give these people a heads-up instead of seeing them year after year after year.