After the test
What they do is take the names and addresses of the people who passed and put them in a pool of possible contestants. Then they randomly select names, contact people, and invite them to a live interview in one of five different cities around the nation. The best one for me is Los Angeles. If I get invited, I will fly down for screen tests, practice with the signal button, and practice games. If they like how I perform, and I like the process, then we will arrange for a date for me to show up and play the game on TV. And I will, by God tell everyone I know about that date and make sure that you ALLL are watching!
Thanks for wishing me luck. It helped. Sometimes answers leapt out of the morass of memory like well-trained retrievers with ducks in their mouths. When it came to words, meanings, definitions, I had a pack of English Spaniels in eager attendance. When it came to science, geography, recent history, I had a couple of clever Irish Setters. When it came to sports - well, that dog wouldn't hunt. When it comes to sports statistics, my retriever is a senile Chihuahua with bad teeth, lumbago and dementia.
But the test was fun, it was free, and I think I'll do it again next year and the year after that and the year after that . . .
I know many people would no more take a test for fun than go for a nice long root-canal without anesthetic. I just don't have that problem. The last time I had test anxiety, the rabbit died. Compared to that, a little intellectual exercise is no big deal what-so-ever. And if you don't pass this year, take it again next year. Life will go on!