Jumping is another personal preference area, but one constant remains: Have the least amount of weight possible on your pad. (ask quizzers like Lawrence Kim, Jesse MacKinnon or Daniel Small to show you their jumps. They barely move when they jump.)

Non-Audible Clues

Quizmasters are not simply robots spewing bible verses, they are humans with mouths (that's my favorite thing I wrote on this website). And all humans form words pretty much the same. By concentrating on the quizmaster's mouth you can gain clues to the next word or syllable. This will help you sit back longer when you see a "W" shape. This will help you gain an extra syllable on every jump. For reference questions know that 1 and 12, 4 and 5, and 6 and 7 look similar. Speak the text out loud when studying. You'll find cool things. For example, the word "has" is not always pronounced the same. In the phrase "He has appeared" it sounds like "hazz" while in the phrase "He has to offer" it sounds like "hass." Little things like that go a long way, especially in faster quizzes.


This applies to reference questions. Just as quizmasters form words with similar mouth shapes, they also read with similar inflection. We like to conclude reading a question on a "down" note, and "down" notes are always preceded by "up" notes. (have you ever heard someone talk who always ends on an "up" note?-- it's the most annoying thing possible!). For example, "Quote Hebrews Chapter 4 Verse 6" and "Quote Hebrews Chapter 4 Verse 16" are different in that the word "verse" is an "up" note in the first example and a "down" note in the second example. Listening for inflection can give you these clues.

Context Unique Words

Often times a word may not be a global unique word, but occurs multiple times only within the five verse context rule. In effect this is now a global unique word for study purposes (not for question writing purposes).


Benches are the gold standard of jumping equipment, more sophisticated than the pads. Benches are four seat-sized pads attached to a bench. The whole bench is the quizzing apparatus. The seat pad is hinged at the rear and depresses a button when sat on. Coming off the seat releases the pressure on the button and triggers the light, just like pads. The benches are different and take a moderate degree of getting used to. After a quiz or two though, you'll wish you could quiz on benches always!

Yearly Meet Averages Ebb and Flow

Because of basic human traits, meet timing, and growing scope of material, the level of quizzing follows a similar path every year.


In your pursuit of quizzing excellence, you will encounter adversity. You may forget a seemingly easy answer. You may get barely beat on jump after jump. You may have a tough ruling go against you. You may be thrown off by a quizmaster's accent, pace, or pause. You may run into a very very strong team. Through all of this, the ability to forget the past while remaining mentally strong is extremely important. If the matter is in your hands, figure out to make sure it doesn't happen again. If the matter is out of your hands, figure out how to best deal with the current situation. Above all, focus on your own state of mind, staying positive so you are in the best position to excel in the very next quiz. The ability to follow an error with a correct answer and a bad quiz with a good quiz is a trait of the very best quizzers.