Quiz Format Advice

The weekly quizzes on our site follow a format that changes slightly from week to week. Our research and feedback shows that most people like a format that is similar enough from week to week to stay familiar, but that they also like a bit of variety to keep them on their toes and to keep things fresh.

This is the standard format for our weekly quiz...


Round 1 - Handout Round... Distributed to each team at the start of the quiz along with blank answer sheets on which they can they write their answers to all subsequent rounds.

Round 2 - General Subject... 10 questions on a subject such as Geography, TV and Films, or Food and Drink.

Round 3 - Connections... Either 9 questions on General Knowledge, plus a final question asking for a connection between the first 9 answers, or 2 sets of 4 questions on General Knowledge, with questions 5 and 10 asking for connections between the previous 4 answers.

Round 4 - This changes from week to week. Some weeks it is an "In The News" round with questions on Current Affairs, other weeks it is on a more specific subject such as Tennis, The Oscars or Wimbledon, or sometimes we might have a "High Fives" or "Points Builder" round, with questions asking for multiple answers.

Round 5 - Initial Letter Link... 10 questions on General Knowledge where the answer to the final question can be spelt out by rearranging the first letters of the first 9 answers.

Round 6 - General Subject... 10 questions on another general subject

Round 7 - The format of this round varies a lot from week to week. One week it might be a "Rhyming Pairs" round with 10 questions on General Knowledge and where each correct answer rhymes with one other correct answer in the round. Another week it might be a "Mystery Year" round with 2 sets of 4 questions on events from a particular year and questions 5 and 10 asking teams to name these years.

Round 8... Double Or Quits... 10 questions on General Knowledge where teams score double for each correct answer, but they can leave answers blank as an incorrect answer means a score of zero for the round.

Including time for one or two short breaks, and allowing time for marking at the end, we'd expect a quiz of this format to take around 2 hours.

We have spent a lot of time researching good quiz formats, and believe a format similar to this one will make for a challenging and entertaining quiz.

If, however, you have another format you'd prefer, we've got plenty of handout rounds and question and answer packs on our site to help you compile this. You might like to keep 
things simple and just have a series of General Knowledge questions, maybe with a handout round before these, and splitting them into 2 rounds of 20 questions each with a break in between. You might even want a longer quiz, with an extra handout round and one or two extra question and answer rounds.