Fancy a spot on the Quiz World Rankings?

February 27, 2012 in Quizzes

I received an email last week from Jane Allen, Managing Director of the International Quizzing Association.  In it she outlines the organization’s new initiative – The Hot 100.

The Hot 100 will be an ongoing event, with rounds taking place each month.  You won’t have to go too far if you want to take part.  All they need is two or more people to come together to form an impromptu quizzing cell.  Between them they can mark each other’s scores with these then bring emailed back to the IQA for the compilation of a World Quizzing Ranking.

The event will cost competitors the (small) fee of $5 per month.  At the moment, that works out at roughly €3.75 (or £3.20).

I’d be willing to organise a group here in the West/Midlands.  If you’re interested, please let me know at

If you’d like some more thorough info, I’ve included the full email after the Read the rest…

Jane’s email:

We have been looking for ways to encourage more people to get involved with competitive quizzes and to give national IQA-affiliated quiz organizations ready access to good quality questions without the time and effort involved in writing them. We’ve seen how popular the World Quizzing Championships are and we are keen to help quizorganizations get established around the world and so we thought it would be fun to get quizzers to take part in a competition once a month for World Quizzing Rankings points.

To this end, we have developed the Hot 100 – a 100 question quiz with an international flavour.

Here’s How It Works

The British Quiz Association produces a quiz of 240 questions for its members every month. The Hot 100 will be picked from this paper and will be sent to participating IQA representatives.

The Hot 100 paper is a written test that will take 45 minutes to complete (or 50 minutes if English is not your first language). The answers will be read out at the end and the scores collected and emailed over to for entry into the World Quizzing Rankings leader board.

The Hot 100 paper will be sent out via email on a Tuesday evening to national organizers who can arrange for people sit the paper on the Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday afterwards, as long as the results are received by 10pm GMT on the following Monday.

Here’s the schedule of planned events, to help you arrange your quizzes:

Hot 100 Sent Out Wed Thur Fri Sat Sun Scores Received By 10pm
Tuesday 28 February Monday 5 March
Tuesday 27 March Monday 2 April
Tuesday 1 May Monday 7 May

June : Different Rules Apply For World Quizzing Championships

Tuesday 3 July Monday 9 July
Tuesday 31 July Monday 6 August
Tuesday 28 August Monday 3 September


IMPORTANT: Because people are sitting the paper on different days, we ask that you do NOT discuss them online before the stats are published. When the stats go live, we will open a thread for discussing that month’s quiz. Please make sure your participants are aware of this so they don’t spoil the quiz for anyone else. 

How To Run Your Event

In the UK, we run the individual quiz followed by lunch and a team quiz to make a full day’s quizzing. You are free to do whatever you like – as long as the Hot 100 is run in the prescribed manner. You could just have the Hot 100 taking place, or you might add to the day by writing a team quiz, or a pairs or quiz, or just reading questions from books. It’s entirely up to you. We have found that mixing teams up based on their scores in the individual competition is a really good way of getting people interacting and has really made our events into very sociable occasions, giving them a great community feel.

Event Ranking Points

The highest scoring person(s) is considered to have 100 points. Everyone else’s scores are then worked out as a percentage of the highest score to give their rankings points. So, if the highest score was 70 and I scored 35, I’d have 50 points because I scored 50% of the winning score.

Scoring Average

This is like a batting average in cricket or baseball and represents your percentage of correct answers from all the questions you have ever attempted. 

Cumulative World Ranking Points

The total World Ranking points for the season.  The season will run from March – February. At the end of the season, the Cumulative World Ranking Points (only) will return to zero. 

World Quizzing Championships

Because this event is held simultaneously around the world, there will be no separate Hot 100 paper. Instead, the top score will be considered the base score of 100 and all scores below that will be given a score as a percentage of the winning score. So, if the highest score is 200 and your score was 150, your rankings points will be 75 because you scored 75% of the winning total. 

Can People Play At Home?

Yes. We welcome people taking part. The more the merrier. But they will be playing along for fun. You need to be at a proctored event for your score to be added to the official leader board. 

The Cost To Take Part

The Hot 100 is being charged at the equivalent to 5 US dollars per person. Currently, that’s approximately £3.20 or €3.75.  You can collect the money from participants at your event and send it to us via PayPal or bank transfer – whichever is easiest, along with your results.

We are very happy for you to value-add to the events and to make some money out of them to help support your organizations. We provide lunch and a full day of quizzing at our events.

We would, of course, love to be able to offer this free to people, but setting quizzes in the only source of income for Chris and myself. We will look for sponsors and would be happy to speak to anyone interested in sponsoring the whole thing, or the Hot 100 in a specific region or country.

Sample Hot 100 Paper

There is a sample paper available on the website at: 

We very much hope that you will join in with us and help get more people quizzing competitively around the world!


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