Gender bias in the L3 advancement process

I would like to introduce a great analysis by Nicolette Apraez & Anniek van der Peijl about the impact of gender in the L3 advancement process. The analysis is based on global data and paints a picture from a new perspective on the advancement process. Matteo Abstract We conducted a research project to investigate whether there is gender bias in the L3 advancement process. This project covered 3 main lines of investigation: Data from panels conducted between 2012 and 2017 A questionnaire Read more [...]

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New face!

Hi all, Effective now will be answering communication you send to l3.testing.manager@gmail.com, in addition to who’s handling checklists-related matters. Matteo will in particular handle panel scheduling. Please welcome him! Daniel

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Recommendations: The People & The Interactions

Today, guest writer George Gavrilita shares his experience finding judges to recommend him for L3. He has a lot of tips, so enjoy! Part I: The People I’m George Gavrilita, and I’ve had the luck to work with 6 different senior Judges from 4 different regions on recommendations for the L3 checklist. Today I’ll try to explain why starting early with recommendations is vital for your L3 process, and give you some tips on what kind of mentors you’re actually looking for, and what you can Read more [...]

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Failing better

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better. - Samuel Beckett, Worstward Ho Hi all, Failing is hard. It's even harder when you're failing but don't know until the last moment. This can happen when testing for level 3. You've been underprepared in an area that doesn't reveal itself until you've submitted your L3 checklist. You're working on your pre-event interview, an in-depth process where many aspects of your judging ability are examined. Your interviewer sees Read more [...]

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Pro Tours

Hi all, As you may have heard from your local L3, from now on some Level 2 judges might be selected at Pro Tours. Before you get all worked up, let me explain how it works and the reason behind this. First of all, the number of slots is quite limited - no more than 2 Level 2s can be part of a Pro Tour's staff. Second, the expectation is that these judges will test for level 3 at the Pro Tour. Third, there is no application process - these judges are contacted directly by the L3 Testing Manager Read more [...]

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Supplemental Activities discontinued

Hi all, We are stopping Supplemental Activities effective now and here's why. One big goal of the Level 3 testing process is ensuring transparency and fairness of the testing process. Another one is efficient allocation of testing and mentoring resources, the needs of which have been continuously changing in the last couple of years. After supporting Supplemental Activities for about 3 years and looking back at the results, it appears that they're not the best investment of resources we Read more [...]

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L3 checklist changes

Hi all, As has long been overdue, the level 3 checklist is modified to better fit the New World Order. First of all, here's a summary of the changes. You can find detailed explanations for the changes below, and the new full checklist at the bottom of this post. Review check reduced to 6 from 10, but excludes certification reviews Certification can be L1->L2 Region requirements to recommendations removed Tweak to recommendation phrasing mandating examples and clarifying co-authoring Self-review Read more [...]

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About recommendations

Hi all, I have a couple topics for you today. Checklist changes are on the way, I know you’re waiting, they’re still being worked out and won’t be that big. L3 Maintenance The New World Order said about maintaining L3, among others: Judge at least four Premier Events (RPTQ, WMCQ, Grand Prix, Pro Tour, World Magic Cup) per calendar year. Not doing so will create a flag for this level status to be reviewed. There’s been some concern about what will happen in remote regions, Read more [...]

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Team change

Hi all, First of all I'd like to welcome our latest addition to the L3 testing team - is now leading the Verification Committee, in charge of handling L3 checklists. The full team is now: at self-reviews, Sophie at VC, at Pre-Event Interviews, and at Supplemental Activities. Today I'd like to tell you about some steps in the L3 testing process which used to require a level 4+ judge. There were three of these: - the Team Leader check was given by L4+ Grand Prix Head Judges. The reasoning Read more [...]

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Level Redefinition and L3

Hi all, By now you've probably seen or at least heard of the announcement regarding levels redefinition. So what's changing for L3 testing? What is happening in the redefinition is an affirmation of the core skills of L3, namely being leaders at large events. Excellent event judges who display outstanding and consistent performance at events should get their chance at L3 too. Exceptional community contributors and project members are welcome to apply as before. Overall we want to make sure Read more [...]

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