Individual Quiz (Qualifier)

Ding, ding! Round 1 of the individual quiz. This is the 100-question written qualifier quiz, split across seven papers. Click ‘Read More’ to see format details.


This is an individual quiz. The first part of the quiz consists of 100 questions across seven rounds. The first five rounds contain 12 questions each and the last two rounds 20 each. There will be a short break after round five.

General Rules

After each round, papers are swapped for marking, after which the answer sheets are collected. Appeals are made to the IQA jusry, and corrections to scores will be made by the IQA jury.

All the questions will be read out (in English) and a summary of the questions with images will be projected onto a screen. Any music tracks are played once. The answers are accepted in a number of languages, most recently these were English, Estonian, French, German, Croatian, Dutch, Norwegian (Bokmål), Danish, Hungarian, Finnish, Portuguese, Romanian and Latvian. These being the languages of each country represented by at least three people at the event and whose participation was known at least one month beforehand.

Unless otherwise stated, if the name of a person is asked, it is sufficient to answer with the surname, even if that surname is a common name such as Jones or Müller. If an incorrect first name is offered by a player in their answer this will render the whole incorrect. Exceptions to the general rule are the names of kings, queens, popes, etc. where players are advised to specify the name plus a regnal number or byname – otherwise the answer is taken to refer to the first ruler etc. with that name. So, if the correct answer is Louis XIV, but a player answers “Louis”, their answer is taken to refer to Louis I and marked wrong.

Answers must be legible. All illegible answers will be counted as wrong.

To score a point, the answer needs to be phonetically correct. It is a test of knowledge, not of spelling. A decision as to whether an answer is acceptable lies with the IQA judges present at the quiz. Their decision is final. If necessary the judges will check alternative answers. Queries made only after the end of the quiz will in no way affect the result of the quiz.

Appeal sheets will be distributed for possible comments about the answers, scoring etc. This is the only method of appealing. Don’t forget to write your player/team name and number on those sheets.

The player that scores the most points wins. Ties are split by counting back looking at best scores, then second-best scores and so on.

The use of external aids such as smartphones, calculators, calendars, etc. is strictly forbidden. If in doubt about anything, ask the main judge ahead of the start of the quiz. All cheating will irrevocably lead to instant disqualification of the player/entire team.

Specific rules

Everyone enrolled as a player in the IQC may take part in the quiz.

The title of Individual Quizzing Champion and the medals for gold, silver and bronze will be awarded after the final.