What makes a great Jeopardy! contestant? It’s pretty simple. They’re curious about everything and they love to learn. They’re avid readers and prolific travelers. They dive into research like it is a classic detective story. They ask questions and question answers. Also, they’re pretty competitive. Sound like you? Well, there’s one more thing that all Jeopardy! contestants have in common. They’ve all taken and passed the Jeopardy! test.
Fortunately, one of Jeopardy!'s contestant producers, Maggie Speak, is willing to share some sage advice with die-hard fans and would-be Jeopardy! contestants. But before we get into what Maggie has to say, make sure you register for our newsletter to find out when the next online test dates will be.
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"Be well-rounded." Maggie says, "The best way to become familiar with the categories is to watch the show as often as possible. It's the ultimate study guide."
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And Maggie says there's another reason to watch the show: "Some of our categories are easier to understand than others, so it is a good idea to watch the show as much as possible, to get the hang of things, as well as how our writers' minds work."
You really want to be yourself. That’s what we look for. That's how this community remains so tight. “Come in with your own attitude and skills, because we can spot a poser,” says Maggie.
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Maggie’s final piece of advice is to have fun! “It's a game! And the more fun you have when you're playing, the better you play.” So what are you waiting for? Go for it!