(Neopets doesn't allow me to use the words "position" or "margin", so the layout is messed up. And the page goes all the way down for some reason. If anyone has any idea how to fix this, please neomail me. Meanwhile, I'm just really sorry ^^; I fail at coding...)
Game DescriptionThe imperial examination is starting, and everyone wants to be a top scholar! Examination seats are limited, though, so only those who are qualified can enter to take the exam. However, there are some unqualified Neopians trying to enter. You and your guards are watching the gate. You will spot which Neopets are qualified and which are not. Those who are unqualified must leave.
There are two main categories: one group of Neopians will say the correct word in a speech bubble, while the other group is made up of unqualified citizens whose speech bubble contains a misspelt word. There is a long queue; you are given a time period of 60 seconds to let as many qualified scholars in for each level as you can. If you let an unqualified Neopet enter, you lose a chance. When all your chances are used up, you will be fired!
Press the DOWN arrow key to chase away the unqualified Neopians. Press the UP arrow key to let the qualified scholars enter the gate.
There will be a total of five levels. As the levels increase, more scholars are needed to fill the examination hall. This will require you to react faster and faster as the level increases.
All in all, your task here is to chase all the unqualified Neopians away, but allowing enough qualified ones to enter the exam in the provided time.
Simple? Pretty much. In fact, all you need to do is read a word then decide whether to press the up or down arrow key.
Easy? Depends... do you have astonishing reflexes? Can you spot the mistake in "extraterrestials" in a flash? Would you agree that "targetted" shouldn't have a "double t"?
If you answered yes to all the previous question, then most likely, you are already doing well in this game. If not, then I am this guide will help you achieve a better score.
Perhaps right now you're complaining, "Wait a minute! You have no such accomplishments in this game either! You shouldn't be writing a guide!"
Okay, you're probably not doing that. But just in case you did complain a second ago, you're absolutely right.
The highest I've ever gotten in this game is 1195, not even 1200 yet, and most definitely not enough for a high score. More than that, I'm still a newbie, and only started playing a few days before writing this guide. Despite all this, I still believe this guide is worth reading if you have the time =)
Just please note that I'm not too sure exactly how to obtain a high score, so I can only help you as far as my own knowledge allows. For more advanced tips, I suggest you try asking help from more experienced players.
We will start off with the basics, to help you get familiar with the game. Below is a screenshot I took from the game:
In this game, you are given a very important job. The imperial examination is only for qualified neopets, but it seems some poor spellers are trying to sneak in as well! You will be the one deciding which ones are qualified to enter, and which ones should be dismissed.
Many citizens are lining up, and for each one, a speech bubble will appear on top of their heads, containing a word, which is what you will be using to determine whether this Neopian is qualified to enter or not.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Don't be fooled! The Neopets are all random. Even if they may look scholarly like in the picture above, it is just as likely for them to spell incorrectly as the others.
3. STAGE, TIME, NEEDED
One game consists of five stages. To complete a stage, you will need to let the number of scholars needed in. (0/10 shows that you need 10 qualified candidates in, and 0 shows your progress.)
Stage 1: 10
Stage 2: 20
Stage 3: 30
Stage 4: 35
Stage 5: 40
The catch is, you are given a set of time each stage (although the description states 60 seconds, you are actually given 70 seconds). If you fail to finish a stage before the time is up, then game's over.
You are given 3 chances in each game. Everytime you let an unqualified citizen in the exam, you will lose one chance. On the other hand though, you will NOT lose a life if you accidentally chase away a scholar instead.
For every scholar you let in and every unqualified neopet you dismiss, you will receive 5 points, no matter the difficulty. In other words, unlike Maths Nightmare, your score will not be increased if you choose Advanced instead of Basic.
You will LOSE 5 points though, if you dismiss a correct speller.
Other than that, you will receive a bonus 200 points at the end if you finish all the stages!
The NP Ratio for this game is 1.26, which means you will need 794 points for 1000 NP.
Your controls here are only two keys. The UP arrow key and the DOWN arrow key.
The UP arrow key is used when a citizen has spelt a word accurately, while the DOWN arrow is pressed if they the citizen has misspelt a word.
Do this as fast as your reflexes normally allow, but DON'T RUSH IT. You should try to increase your speed though, if you feel you could do better.
Tips and Tricks
- You are bound to see this in pretty much every guide, and this one isn't an exception...
Practice does not make you perfect, but it will certainly make you better. Before long, you will be familiar with the words yourself.
- Something doesn't look right... and perhaps it isn't!
Does "nubm" or "junp" look right to you? Take a single glance at the words first, and if it looks positively wrong, it probably is.
- Say it (not out loud though ^^;).
Precedessor" might look right at first, but it doesn't sound like its correct spelling, "predecessor". And even if you were to miss the extra "t" while looking at "nutritents", it sounds completely different to "nutrients".
- Spot the difference.
In this guide, I have provided you a list of all the words paired up with its incorrect spelling in the game.
If you were to get "extraterrestials" you might have to read through the long word and find its mistake first. In the list, I have set the difference between "extraterrestrials" and its incorrect form in bold.
(e.g. Extraterrestrials – extraterrestials)
Next time you get a word that looks like extraterrestrials, you'll only need to see if there's an "r" (trials) to decide whether it's correct or not.
- Clear yourself from any distractions!
It can be quite difficult to concentrate on the game with your sisters chatting in the back (I would know). Try to find a place/time where or when you can be silent and alone.
- A little trick to pause between stages.
You can't exactly pause in between stages in this game. But, you find yourself in a situation where it's necessary, you can try doing this to "pause" the game:
Wait until a CORRECT speller comes up, then chase them away. This will make them angry, but you won't lose any chances (although you will lose 5 points). A screen will pop up, and DON'T press any key while it is still active, until you want to continue the game.
- (Thank you lovetobeteacherspet for the following tips!)
I usually try to concentrate on my breath for a few minutes before I start the game. If I just can't get myself to concentrate, I do this.
Every time I let a pet in, I look at the next person's bubble until the first pet reaches the front bit of the guard. This way, I get a chance to look at word for a longer time. Remember,I only do this at the first 3 levels. After completing those levels, I find that I have regained my ability to concentrate.
- Getting a highscore in this game is pure luck. I'm saying this because getting a highscore depends on how many neopets have spelt their word wrong. If almost all the neopets are right in their spelling, you are never going to get a highscore, because you will get less points than if many of them were wrong.
At the same time, if most neopets are wrong, and you manage to complete all the stages within the time limit, you are one of the luckiest people I know. So if you finish all the stages in the game, it is almost equal to getting a highscore.
- Got another tip? Send me a neomail =) (I'll be sure to credit!)
Special TrickI do not exactly recommend you to use the method below unless you feel you really need to. Even if you do, it does take up some valuable time while you are playing. But in any case, it might help, so here are the steps:
1. Open Imperial Exam after changing the Game Size to Small (in the Game Options box at the right bottom).
2. Copy the correct words list from this page then open Microsoft Word or any word processor you usually use.
3. After pasting the words, divide them into two columns.
4. Change the width of the first column, so later you will be able to see both columns.
5. Make the font size bigger, so you will be able to read the words easier.
The EndThat's it! This is the end of the guide. I hope it has helped you in some way or another. Feel free to send me any neomails for comments, suggestions, corrections, etc.
Please do not redistribute any parts of this guide anywhere else, but if you'd like, you may link back to this petpage =)
^ resized to fit; real image is as big as the header on top of the page ^
CounterFrom 19 May 2008