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The wonderful wizard of quiz

We first set up the G60 site in January with the aim of putting a bit of fun into the learning process.

One of the main features is the daily quiz which is 12 different G60 multiple-choice questions every day. It is not the usual quiz format that you come across on the web which normally just consists of selecting your answers and you get your score at the end. It is much more sophisticated than that.

The daily quiz works by giving you 60 seconds to answer each question and then displays the answer after each question, the points available for each question vary depending on the difficulty of each question.

At the end of each quiz a results&#39 screen is displayed which provides you with your final percentage and a grading for each quiz. The quiz database keeps all your results so you are given your average mark for all quizzes completed each time you play and your position in the database is shown.

If you manage to get into the top 15 you appear on the site leaderboard.

Things have been taken to another level now with a multi-player game being added to the daily quiz. This has initially been installed on the PassG60.com site but it is also planned to add this to the G10 site soon.

The game has been called the wizard game as the ultimate challenge is to work your way up through the 15 different levels to become a chief wizard. A bottle of bubbly goes to the first person to become a chief wizard.

Not only does the wizard game allow you to play head to head with other players that are online but if nobody else is playing when you enter the game then one of the many resident wizard robots will be waiting to challenge you to a game.

You may be met by a cartoon caricature of Money Marketing&#39s technical guru Keith Popplewell, perhaps even the delightful Beaujolais or, if you are unlucky, the baddie robot Mr Excreetia. The questions for this game are based on 50 per cent G60-type questions and 50 per cent general financial questions.

The introduction of the wizard game has been the culmination of many months of hard work and research. The first challenge was to find a web programmer with the skills to implement my ideas.

You may have thought this would be the easy part but most of the companies I approached either did not reply or did not have the skills required.

Eventually, I struck lucky with a company which has been able to implement exactly what I needed and have expert programmers.

I knew the site was going to be successful as in the run-up to the April exams over 400 people registered to play the quiz.

One of the early visitors to the site was AFPC.co.uk which is a major training company for the AFPC exam. We agreed to work together on a PassG10.com site which we launched in March. We are also working together on future projects so a PassCemap/PassMaq site will soon be available followed by a PassG20 site.

There are other sites out there. The CII, for example, has an education site (£50). We are able to offer membership to the G60 site for £22 and the G10 is a bit less than this at present but will also be £22 when the wizard game is added shortly.

The aim is to offer something different from learning sites, so we will shortly be launching a site called wizardtrivia.com which will use much of the technology used in the pass sites but apply them to general knowledge trivia-type questions.

AFPC.co.uk and myself are working on providing additional features that financial advisers can include on their websites. Items on offer include a daily quiz similar to the existing “pass” sites but with the questions being of interest to the customers, tax tables which will be available to IFAs and their customers, tax and financial information for customers, presentation-type ads to run on the IFAs&#39 sites, artwork for inclusion on sites. Anyone interested can get more information by emailing me at Mike@ passG60. com.

You do not have to part with your money before seeing what you get as there is a full working demo of the daily quiz on the sites. Have fun and good luck with all your studies and gaming.

AFPC.co.uk has also just relaunched its site to help AFPC candidates pass the exams. The site has members&#39 sections for all the main AFPC subjects, with case studies and revision aids which can be downloaded and printed. It also offers online tuition and personal tuition for those people who want extra help. The site can be viewed at www.afpc.co.uk.

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