Score Review Process


1. All teams who participate and compete according to the rules must be scored and ranked. Please account for all 60 teams

and make every effort to break all ties (except P/NS/DQ as explained below), following the guidelines under the scoring

section of the event rules, where applicable. In the rare event that a tie can't be broken, award points according to the place

tied and then skip the next place (e.g., if two teams were tied for 3rd place, both get 3 points and the next place team would

get 5 points).

2. Teams/devices that do not meet the requirements in the event rules will be allowed to compete if possible and are to be

scored and ranked below those who met all of the specifications. They will be awarded event points in relation to their

rank. Event Supervisors may, at their discretion, allow students to modify any device before it is impounded to bring it

into compliance with the rules. That discretion, if extended, must be made available to all competitors equally. Any

modification must be completed, and the device impounded, before the expiration of the impound period. Supervisors and

Officials may not provide assistance or advice regarding the type of modifications or how to accomplish them prior to, or

at any time during the tournament day. Supervisors are encouraged to post or have available student self-checklists/team

scoresheets such as those posted for many technology events on:

3. Teams making an honest attempt to participate that cannot be assigned a raw score because of time, mechanical failure,

wrong dimensions, etc., will be listed as a “P” for Participation for the raw score on the score sheet and will be awarded

N points. “N” is equal to the number of teams registered to compete in the Tournament (we expect 60 teams for each

division) as shown on your score sheet. Any device which, in the judgment of the Event Supervisor, is a safety hazard to

competitors, judges, or spectators, will not be allowed to compete and will be listed as a P (Participation) for the raw

score on the score sheet and will be awarded N points.

4. If a team does not show up or does not make an honest attempt to participate, the team will be listed as a No Show or

“NS” for the raw score on the score sheet and awarded N+1 points. This includes teams who may be present but display no

preparation for the competition.

5. Teams should be Disqualified or “DQ” only for misbehavior (to include excessive use of improper or vulgar language) or

cheating. Put DQ as raw score and award N+2 points on the score sheet. Also, note on the score sheet the reason why

teams were disqualified. Event Supervisors may remove from competition any student(s) whose personal or ethical

behavior does not adhere to the Science Olympiad Code of Ethics. This action will disqualify the affected student(s) from

participation and scoring in that event only. If any team is DQed or Ranked Below Others or placed in a lower tier,

inform the student as soon as a problem occurs (and remind the student to inform their coach). If the problem was

not determined until after students had left, contact head coach by cell phone immediately. Be sure to list the

detailed reason on the score sheet and the Counseling Form.

6. Teams who were scored and had a raw score placed on the answer sheet are to be awarded points for each place as follows:

1st – 1 point, 2nd – 2 points, - up to 60th – 60 points

7. Teams considered as PARTICIPATION, NO SHOW, OR DISQUALIFIED will be ranked and assigned points as follows:

Rank Points

PARTICIPATION (P) = N points = 60 points

NO SHOW (NS) = N + 1 points = 61 points

DISQUALIFIED (DQ) = N + 2 points = 62 points

Note: N = number of teams registered to compete for each division of the tournament not the number of teams that actually

enter the event. We expect 60 teams to be registered for each division at the national tournament, so N=60. (Note 2: states

(not NSO) with low numbers for P in selected events may reward teams for P by using the number of teams that actually

enter the event.)

8. Provide raw scores and any supporting documentation when turning in the score sheet (answer sheets, master answer key,

student papers, etc.). When turning in your scores, you will be asked to participate in a Score Counseling session to explain

how you scored the teams (formulas, tie-breakers, etc.) for all 60 places, double checking that the forms are filled out

accurately before they are entered into the computer. This will cut down on questions and mistakes that are discovered

after the tournament. Please record the reason why a team was disqualified, not ranked, ranked below, or received

only a participation score.

Note: - Each team’s head coach will be able to access scores through the Head Coach portal on by 5 pm the day after the tournament. Places are tentative and may change if any scoring inconsistencies are brought to the attention of the State Director and verified within two days after the results are posted on the Head Coach portal. If changes occur, the appropriate medals and trophies will be awarded. In the rare case of a problem, the head coach (only) should contact the State Director. Scores for the tournaments  are not official until they are finalized on the website