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Quizzes are usually scored in points and many quizzes are designed to determine a winner from a group of participants - usually the participant with the highest score.
Quizzes may be held on a variety of subjects (general knowledge, 'pot luck') or subject-specific. The format of the quiz can also vary widely. Popularly known competition quizzes include
Music for the Mission
Belgian Style Quizzing
Reach for the Top
see Quizzing in India, for a discussion on the specific evolution of the quizzing culture in India
in the United Kingdom:
British Quizzing Championships, annual national tournament in Great Britain
University Challenge (televised)
in the United States:
National Academic Quiz Tournaments
Academic Competition Federation
Individual quiz tournaments
in multiple countries:
World Quizzing Championships
European Quizzing Championships
in the United Kingdom:
Bait Bazi poetic quiz in Pakistan
TV quizzes, also called quiz shows (game shows TV/radio)
Quiz Call phone-in television show
Who Wants to be a Millionaire
The Weakest Link
Bait Bazi poetic quiz
Bamboozle!, a teletext quiz on UK TV
The largest quiz, according to Guinness, was the "Quiz for Life", held at the Flanders Expo Halls in Ghent, Belgium, on 11 December 2010 with 2,280 participants. The winning team Café De Kastaar from Leuven was composed of Marnix Baes, Erik Derycke, Eric Hemelaers, Bart Permentier and Tom Trogh.
In an educational context, a quiz is usually a form of a student assessment, but often has fewer questions of lesser difficulty and requires less time for completion than a test. This use is typically found in the US, Canada, and some colleges in India. For instance, in a mathematics classroom, a quiz may check comprehension of a type of mathematical exercise. A "pop quiz" is a quiz that students are given no time to prepare for; they are simply surprised with it in class.
Additionally, a personality quiz may be a series of multiple-choice questions about the respondent without right or wrong answers. The responses to these questions are tallied according to a key, and the result purports to reveal some quality of the respondent. This kind of "quiz" was originally popularized by women's magazines such as Cosmopolitan. They have since become common on the Internet, where the result page typically includes code which can be added to a blog entry to publicize the result. These postings are common on LiveJournal.
There are also many online quizzes. Many webmasters have quiz sections on their websites and forums; for instance, phpBB2 has one MOD (modification) which allows users to submit quizzes, called the Ultimate Quiz MOD.
The results of online quizzes are generally to be taken lightly, as they do not often reflect the true personality or relationship. They are also rarely psychometrically valid. However, they may occasion reflection on the subject of the quiz and provide a springboard for a person to explore his or her emotions, beliefs, or actions.
Test (student assessment)