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GymQuest

About GymQuest


GymQuest is a freeware study aid and review tool for judges of women's gymnastics. It includes questions and review sheets on trick values, additive value, deductions and special requirements. Included is J.O. information from level 5 up to level 10 through 6/2013. Level 4 rules have not yet been updated, and the Elements in the JO Code have only been scanned for verification.
Enjoy!

--Jennifer Graeler

 

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About Me

A former recreational gymnast, I began judging gymnastics in 1995. I received my level 10 rating in January of 1998.
 

 

GymQuest Instructions

Note: GymQuest is for Windows only.

Installation

Standard

 

Ø      Run GymQuestSetup.exe.

Ø      It is recommended that you select the default installation information.  This will install GymQuest into your Program Files directory under JenGym Software.

Ø      After the install is complete, there should be both:

a)      A shortcut on your desktop

b)      A menu option under Start-Programs-JenGym Software-GymQuest.

Upgrades

 

Ø      Upgrades are generally available from the previous version only.  For example, if you are running GymQuest 2.1, and the current version is GymQuest 2.5, you will not be able to use the upgrade program.

Ø      Run GymQuestUpdate.exe.

Ø      If you have installed GymQuest into your Program Files directory under JenGym Software (as recommended), you can select all default information.  Otherwise, be sure to select the directory where GymQuest is installed.

Ø      After the install is complete, your GymQuest version should be updated.

 

Getting Started – The Options Screen

 

Before running each quiz, you have several options for what is to be included.  Note that selecting a check mark beside the category means it IS included.

My recommendations following each category are only my opinion.  If you do not like my reasoning, feel free to ignore my advice. 

 

Ø                Events (in the top left corner): 

ü      Definition:  Select between 1 and 5 events (Vault, Bars, Beam, Floor, General) to include in your quiz.

ü      Availability: This option is available at any time.

ü      Recommendations: Only select one event at a time.  If a quiz includes more than one event, you will need to check the event with each and every question.  It can distract from your concentration.  In addition, the NAWGJ test will be separated by Event,  so it makes sense to study one at a time. 

Ø                Levels (directly below events):

ü      Definition: Select between 1 and 6 levels to include in your quiz.

ü      Availability: This option is available at any time.

ü      Recommendations: Only select one level at a time.  Switching between 9 rules and 10 rules while taking a single quiz could be tough.  If you’re taking the level 5/6 test, quiz yourself on 5, then 6.  If you select both at once, you would have to check the level of each individual question.  Same reasoning for level 7/8.

Ø                Question Types (directly below levels):

ü      Definition: Select between 1 and 4 of: Additive Value, Deductions, Multiple Choice, or Element Values. (see Taking the Quiz: Question Types for an explanation of each question type)

ü      Availability: These options are available at any time.  However, note that selecting a level 5-8 quiz with Additive Value questions only will result in the ‘no questions available’ message.  (another example: selecting Vault and Element Values will yield an empty quiz.)

ü      Recommendations: For the quizzes in the beginning, when you are still learning the material, only select one category at a time.  I recommend Deductions first, then Additive Value (for 9, 10), then Element Values (for 8, 9, 10).    Multiple Choice should really come last, since it ties everything together.  After quizzing yourself on each category separately, put them all together and see how you do!

Ø                Element Options (top right side):

ü      Definition: For bars, beam, and floor, select which categories of elements you want to include in your quiz.

ü      Availability: These options are only available when the ‘Element Values’ question type is selected, and levels 8, 9, or 10 is selected.

ü      Recommendations: The main reason I’ve found to use these is to reduce the number of questions when quizzing element values.   (for example a quiz with only level 10 beam element values can include up to 353 questions).  Personally, I usually select all categories.

Ø                Included Values  (bottom middle):

ü      Definition: For bars, beam, and floor, select which ‘level’ elements (A-E) to include in your quiz.

ü      Availability: These options are only available when the ‘Element Values’ question type is selected, and levels 8, 9, or 10 is selected.  If level 8 only is selected, only ‘A’ and ‘B’ options are available.  Level 9: only A-C.  Level 10: A-E.

ü      Recommendations: Selecting the option to exclude certain element levels (e.g. ‘don’t include any ‘A’s) is usually not a great idea.  Why?  Because if you exclude ‘A’s, then any element that appears which you may be uncertain between ‘A’ and ‘B’, voila, you know it is a ‘B’.  So why did I include this option? If you’re having difficulty keeping your ‘D’s and ‘E’s straight, you could run a few quizzes with only ‘D’s and ‘E’s selected.  But as testing time approaches, I would avoid this option.

Ø                Include Only  (bottom right):

ü      Definition: If the first two options below are both checked, then the quiz would include all elements with changed values AND all elements with a value different from FIG.

·         For elements, include only those elements whose value has changed (first option) in your quiz. (this means those that are different for the 2001-2005 cycle than for the 1997-2001 cycle)

·         For elements, include only those elements whose J.O. value is different from FIG (second option) in your quiz.

·         Include only questions missed at least x times. (if ‘3’ is selected, for example, then any question missed in at least 3 past quizzes would be included.  The default here is ‘1’)

ü      Availability: These options are only available when the ‘Include Only’ box is checked.  In addition, the elements options would only be available when the ‘Element Values’ question type is selected.

ü      Recommendations: Use these options!!  Probably 95% or more of the elements included on any NAWGJ test will be those with changed values or values differing from FIG.  Only worry about the other elements if you have time and KNOW these elements COLD.  The ‘missed only’ option will not make sense until you’ve taken a few quizzes.  But I use this one all the time as well.

 

Ready to Go – Starting the Quiz

 

  1. After all the options are selected, run the quiz.  Either:
    1. Hit the ‘play’ button in the top left corner of the screen,
    2. Select Quiz-Go from the menu, or
    3. Hit the F9 function key on your keyboard.
  2. You will see a progress screen, showing you the stages of the quiz calculation.  This stage can take a while, depending on the speed of your computer and the size of your quiz.
  3. You will see a screen that asks you how many questions you would like to include in your quiz:

ü      The default is ‘all of them’ (you will see the max number of questions here). 

ü      If you hit ‘Cancel’, or the ‘x’ button, the quiz will not continue. 

ü      If you type nonsense, the quiz will continue with the max number of questions. 

ü      If you type a number less than the max number, the quiz will include that number of questions.  (note that GymQuest randomizes your quizzes, so you do not know which of the questions will be included from one quiz to the next)

 

Thinking Hard – Taking the Quiz

 

Ø                The quiz screen is divided into 5 sections.  They are, from the top down:

 

  1. Summary panel: includes, from left to right:
    1. Event indicator, in the form of a picture.  This area is blank for general.
    2. Level indicator, might be ‘Level 8/9/10’ or ‘Optional Level’, for example. 

·         Note that, even if you are running a ‘Level 10 Only’ quiz, you may have a ‘Level 8/9/10’ question.  That is because some questions, where possible, overlap.  (e.g. ‘How many special req’ts on beam?’ has the same answer for 8, 9, and 10). 

    1. Accuracy summary: in the form ‘20 out of 25 = 80%’, so you know how you are doing on this quiz.
    2. Quiz summary: this will provide a reminder of the key options selected for this quiz  E.g, Current Quiz ===> Level: 5; Event: Bars; Question Types: Deductions.
  1. Q&A panel:  this panel’s appearance will change, depending on the type of question

a)      Additive Value:

Ø         The top of the panel will list the ‘question’ (e.g. C + C).

Ø         The bottom strip of the panel will read ‘Total Additive Value Awarded:’ 

·         This means:  if you saw this in a routine how much is awarded? 

·         If it is worth 0.6, the answer would be 0.5 (or 0.4 if all from the same category, or 0.3 if this is a level 9 quiz) 

·         Include both CV and DV (or, for 9, just CV). 

·         If a ‘D’ shows up on a 9 quiz, award it with a ‘C’.

a)      Deductions:

Ø         The top half of the panel will list the ‘question’ or ‘fault’ (e.g. ‘Bent knees’).

Ø         The bottom half of the panel, from left to right: 

·         Deduction Type Box:

1.       Choose ‘Up To’, ‘Exactly’, or ‘Void’. 

2.       Defaults to ‘Up To’.

·         Deduction entry:  Enter the deduction amount (e.g. ‘0.3’) 

·         Deduction By Box:

1.       This box appears only in the ‘general’ event category. 

2.       [BIG hint here: there are no longer any deductions taken by the meet referee.] 

3.       Defaults to ‘Each Judge’. 

b)      Multiple Choice:

Ø         The top half of the panel will list the ‘question’ (e.g. ‘Calculate Start Value…’). 

·         Note:  if the question is too long for the screen, the scrolling bar to the right will be enabled.  You’ll probably want to read the whole thing!

Ø         The bottom half of the panel will be your 5 choices; default is always the first choice. 

c)      Element Values:

Ø         The top half of the panel will list the ‘element’ (e.g. ‘Wolf Jump’). 

Ø         The bottom strip of the panel will be 6 choices: A-E, and ‘not an element’.

·         Note:  even if you are running a level 8 or 9 quiz, all answer choices will appear. (even though a 9 quiz would only include A-C elements, and an 8 quiz would only include A-B elements)

 

  1. Submit panel: includes, from left to right:

a)      Question number: in the form ‘#26 out of 47’, so you know how far along you are in this quiz.

b)      Submit button: once you’ve settled on an answer, hit this button.

c)      Don’t Know button: (new to 2.4) if you don’t want to take a guess, hit this button.

·         Q: Why would you want to do this? 

·         A:  If you want to take a guess, go ahead.  However, if you don’t know the answer, you may want to say ‘I Don’t Know’.  That way, this question is guaranteed to show up on your ‘missed question’ tests.  If you were to guess correctly, but didn’t really know, you may never return to this question, and therefore never learn the answer.

  1. Answer panel: this panel’s appearance differs between Element Values and the other types.

a)      Additive Value, Deductions, and Multiple Choice:

Ø         The top left of the panel will list the ‘answer’ (e.g. ‘0.1’ or ‘up to 0.3’ or ‘9.7’).

Ø         The top right of the panel will list comments.  These may include: 

·         Reference page: e.g., ‘Technical Handbook, pg 142 IV.C.’ 

·         Explanations: e.g. of Start Value or Additive Value Calculations 

·         Clarifications

Ø         The bottom left of the panel will contain a question history:  e.g. ‘You’ve answered this question 2 times: 1 time correctly, 1 time incorrectly’

b)      Element Values:

Ø         The top left of the panel will list the ‘answer’.  This includes:

·         Value (e.g. ‘Element Value: C’)

·         Code Number (e.g. Code #: S1.305)

·         4 checkboxes: If any of these are checked, then this element fits in the category:

1.        In J.O. Supplement

2.        FIG Differs

3.        Value Upgraded

4.        Value Downgraded.

Ø         The top right of the panel will list comments.  These may include: 

·         Name of the skill (e.g. “Tkatchev”) 

·         Other comments

Ø         The bottom left of the panel will contain a question history:  e.g. ‘You’ve answered this question 2 times: 1 time correctly, 1 time incorrectly’

  1. Navigation panel: includes, from left to right:

a)      Exit button: hit this button to end the quiz.

b)      Summary button: hit this button to show a summary of the quiz so far.

c)      Prev button: (new to 2.4) moves to the previous screen.  You will not be given the option to answer again, however.

d)      Next button: moves to the next question.

 

Examining Results – Viewing Quiz History

 

The main screen has two tabs in addition to ‘Options’: Question Summary and Quiz Summary.

 

Ø                Question Summary

ü      This screen will allow you to view every question you’ve been asked. 

ü      The various options on the screen help you narrow down your view.

Ø                Quiz Summary

ü      This screen will show the results of all your quizzes.

ü      Use the ‘delete quiz’ button at the bottom of the screen to remove a certain quiz from your history.

ü      Note: to delete your entire history, choose ‘Quiz-Delete History’ from the menu.

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