2015 ADJUDICATOR ACCREDITATION TEST
Format
This test is a take-home test and should be returned by Friday 17 April 2015
The test involves watching a debate, scoring the debate and answering the questions included in the test
Returning the Test
The test can be returned by submitting it online at http://www.sada.org.au/adjudicators/submit-an-adjudicator-test/
Please where possible complete the test within the downloaded document. If you complete the test in a different document, please upload a pdf of those merged documents.
If returning your test presents a problem please contact the Vice President Administration on 0431 246 757 or at [email protected] All reasonable requests for an extension will be granted.
How to Complete the Test
Take notes during the debate. Your notes should chronologically chart the debate and include all the points made by the speaker and examples. Rebuttal and any criticisms you note concerning the speech should be noted.
In your answers attempt to demonstrate your understanding of debating principles as much as possible. If you are not sure if your answer is correct attempt to justify and explain your conclusion.
Remember that debating is subjective. There are therefore often multiple answers. We are not necessarily looking for the correct answer but rather your ability to justify your decision.
A candidate number will be assigned to your test and not your name, as such, marking is anonymous and please do not record your name on the test other than where indicated.
Remember that where possible, brevity is better if you can precisely explain yourself.
Further Questions
Further questions / issues should be directed to the Vice President Administration:
Ben Bishop
[email protected]
0431 246 757


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Test
The word limits are given as guides only
The Debate
To which team would you award this debate? Why, and by what margin? (100 words)
Who was the best speaker of the debate and why? (80 words)
Identify the two to three most important arguments or issues in the debate and explain which team ‘won' each argument and why. (300 words)
Was the Negative Team's use of public opinion convincing? Please justify your answer. (100 words)
Both teams discussed the cost versus benefit of an internet filter. Please explain which team's analysis you found more convincing, and why. (100 words)
Describe one positive and one constructive comment you could make to each speaker (300 words).
How would you summarise the reasons for your decision to the debaters and audience at the end of your critique? (150 words)
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Scoring the Debate
Please fill out the score sheet below for the debate you watched:
Affirmative Team
Speaker
Matter
Manner
Method
TOTAL
First
40
40
20
100
Second
40
40
20
100
Third
40
40
20
100
TOTAL
120
120
60
300

Negative Team
Speaker
Matter
Manner
Method
TOTAL
First
40
40
20
100
Second
40
40
20
100
Third
40
40
20
100
TOTAL
120
120
60
300

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Short Answer Questions
Please use the SADA Guide to Adjudicating to answer these questions
Consider the topic "that Australia is an artistic wasteland". How should an affirmative team approach the definition of this topic? (80 words)
Can a debate be won on manner? (1 word)
Explain the difference between a hung case and an invalid case. (25 words)
Assume that the topic is "that the speed limit should be lowered to 50km/h". The negative team runs the case: "no, it should be lowered to 40km/h".
Is this a valid case for the negative to run? If so, what would they have to prove to effectively negate the topic? (30 words)
What would your advice be to a team who attempts to run such a case? (10 words)
Assume that the third negative speaker merely cites all the arguments of the opposition (which relate to the benefits of lowering the speed limit to 50) and says ‘we agree with these arguments and that is why we want it lowered to 40km/h'. Assess the quality of this rebuttal. (30 words)
Explain the difference between an argument and an assertion as you would to a year 8 student. (15 words)
Explain why Adolf Hitler or Mother Teresa are not good examples to support an argument. (15 words)
What makes an effective point of information? (30 words)
How would you would mark a speaker who offered an excellent point of information, and