Academic Competition Federation

ACF Packet Distribution

Last Updated: October 21, 2019

Category Fall Regionals Nationals
Literature (total) 5/5 5/5 5/5
American Literature 1/1 1/1 1/1
British Literature 1/1 1/1 1/1
European Literature after 500 CE 1/1 1/1 1/1
World Literature 1/0 or 0/1 1/1 1/1
Any Literature 2/1 or 1/2 1/1 1/1
History (total) 5/5 5/5 5/5
American History 1/1 1/1 1/1
European History 2/1 or 1/2 2/1 or 1/2 2/1 or 1/2
World History 1/1 1/1 1/1
Any History 2/1 or 1/2 2/1 or 1/2 2/1 or 1/2
Science (total) 5/5 5/5 5/5
Biology 1/1 1/1 1/1
Chemistry 1/1 1/1 1/1
Physics 1/1 1/1 1/1
Math, Computer Science, Astronomy, Earth Science 1/1 1/1 1/1
Any Science 1/1 1/1 1/1
Fine Arts (total) 3/3 3/3 3/3
Painting and Sculpture 1/1 1/1 1/1
Classical Music 1/1 1/1 1/1
Other Fine Arts 1/1 1/1 1/1
Religion and Mythology (total) 2/2 2/2 2/1 or 1/2
Religion 1/1 1/1 at least 1/0 or 0/1
Mythology 1/1 1/1 at least 1/0 or 0/1
Social Science and Philosophy (total) 2/2 2/2 2/2
Social Science 1/1 1/1 1/1
Philosophy 1/1 1/1 1/1
Other (total) 2/2 2/2 3/2 or 2/3
Geography 1/0 or 0/1 1/0 or 0/1 at least 1/0 or 0/1
Current Events 1/0 or 0/1 1/0 or 0/1 at least 1/0 or 0/1
Other Academic 1/0 or 0/1 1/0 or 0/1 at least 1/0 or 0/1
Popular Culture 1/0 or 0/1 1/0 or 0/1 0/0
Submitted packet 24/24* 24/24* 24/24*
Final packet 20/20 20/20 20/20
* The submitted packet distribution adds up to 24/24 in total. To produce final packets of 20/20, the editors will remove 1/1 literature, 1/1 history, 1/1 science, and 1/1 geography/current events/popular culture/other academic.

Category Guidelines

Literature

Vary your literature questions across time periods, genre, (novels, poetry, drama, short stories, etc.), and type of answer (authors, individual works, characters, common links, etc.).

World Literature

This includes all geographic regions not listed above.

Any Literature

This includes ancient European literature, more of any of the geographic regions above, or questions that don’t neatly fit into a single geographic region.

History

Vary your history questions across time periods and type of history (political, social, military, cultural, etc.). In particular, do not write more than 4 total questions on military history.

European History

One question should be on British/Irish/Canadian/Australian/New Zealand history, the other two should be on continental Europe.

World History

This includes all geographic regions not listed above. Do not write your two questions on history from the same region/continent.

Any History

This includes more of any of the areas of the world covered above, historiography, and questions that don’t neatly fit into a single area listed here.

Science

Math, Computer Science, Astronomy, Earth Science

Write your questions on two different areas of study.

Any Science

This includes engineering and technology questions that don’t fit into any of the fields above and questions that mix clues/concepts from multiple fields. You may also write additional questions from one of the “major” fields (biology/chemistry/physics) or questions on a “minor” field (math/computer science/astronomy/earth science) that you didn’t write on above.

Fine Arts

Painting and Sculpture

You may either write one painting and one sculpture question, or two painting questions.

Other Fine Arts

This includes opera, jazz, architecture, photography, film, dance, etc. Do not write more of the categories above. Write on one “visual” category (architecture, photography, dance, film, etc.) and one “auditory” (opera, jazz, etc.) category.

Religion and Mythology

Write at least one and no more than two questions on non-Western topics.

Religion

Do not write two questions on the same religion.

Mythology

Do not write two questions on the same mythological system.

Social Science and Philosophy

Social Science

Topics for this category include economics, psychology, sociology, anthropology, linguistics, political science, social criticism, and law (questions on individual Supreme Court cases go in history; other law questions may go here). Write your questions on two different fields of study.

Philosophy

Write questions on two different movements/time periods in philosophical history.

Other

For Fall and Regionals: Write one question in each of Geography, Current Events, Other Academic, and Popular Culture.

For Nationals: Write at least one question in each of Geography, Current Events, and Other Academic.

Other Academic

“Other Academic” comprises questions that don’t neatly fit into any of the above categories, (such as interdisciplinary common links, miscellaneous thought, science history, etc.) but you may choose to write an additional question in any category here instead.