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Section 209 – Academic Contest Procedures

Fine Art By-Laws
Sections 199-263

1. Written Contest Procedures (Also see Individual Contest Rules)

  • Substitutions must be made before the contest begins in the registration room.  
  • Assembly: Once materials are passed out, no late contestants will be allowed to enter the contest room.
  • Distribution of Papers.  The contest director should distribute the test papers and answer sheets.
  • Scratch paper:  the Contest Director may provide scratch paper.
  • Read Contest Rules to students exactly as printed under individual contests.
  • Start and Stop Signals.  After all test materials are ready and instructions read, indicate that the contest is about to begin and answer no additional questions.  The signal to start/stop should be given in a manner that is clear and understood by all contestants.
  • Collecting the Papers.  After giving the signal to stop, the Contest Director should collect all tests, answer sheets, and scratch paper.  These must be turned in immediately to the Meet Director or the Grading Room Monitor, along with extra tests, answer sheets, and contest support materials at the end of the contest

2. GRADING.

  • Grading is in a room designated by the Meet Director.  Only assigned graders will be allowed in this room.
  • Grade and initial all exams using 2 different graders. If a difference in scores results, the graders should consult to rectify the situation. The top 12 papers will be graded a third time. Three different colors are preferred.
  • If a majority of graders agree the key contains an error, the question may be brought to the attention of  the Meet Director who may authorize a change in the correct answer or delete the question.
  • Rank the exams by score. Exams should be separated into classifications before ranking.
  • Places and Ties.  First place goes to the contestant making the highest score; second place to the contestant making the next highest score, and so on. (See individual contest rules to see if and how ties are broken.) The tie breaking procedure should be used through the top eight places qualifying for state.  Should there be a tie for first place, there is no second place.  Should there be a tie for second place, there is no third, and so on.
  • Record the results on the contest roster and turn in to the grading room supervisor when complete.
  • The Fine Art Executive Committee will have the final say on all contested issues.

Grading Overview of Written Exams

Times and Grading Procedures for Objective Academic Contests. Specific instructions are contained in the rules for each contest. These are merely point values. Scoring instructions provided with the test take precedence.

Science – 90 Minute Test

+6 Pts. Correct Answer

-2 Pts. Incorrect Answer

0 Pts. Skipped Question

The tie breaker is the percentage of correctly answered question of those questions attempted. 

Spanish – 60 Minute Test

+1 Pts. Correct Answer

0 Pts. Skipped Question

Essay Question answered in Spanish – Required Tie Breaker

Current Events & Issues -60 Minute Test

+1 Pt. Correct Answer

0 Pts. Skipped Question

Essay Question – Required Tie Breaker

 Number Sense – 10 Minute Test

+5 Pts. Correct Answer

-4 Pts. Incorrect Answer

-4 Pts. Skipped problem

0 Pts. Unanswered after last attempted Problem

or equivalently

+5 Pts. Each attempted problem (5 x last number attempted)

-9 Pts. Each problem skipped (before the last number attempted), changed, or incorrect.

There is no tie breaker. 

Calculator – 30 Minute Test

+5 Pts. Correct Answer

+3 Pts. Wrong number of Significant Digits on problems marked SD

-2 Pts. Incorrect Answer 

-2 Pts. Skipped problem

0 Pts. Unanswered after last attempted Problem

or equivalently

+5 Pts. Each attempted problem (5 x last number attempted)

-7 Pts. Each problem skipped (before last number attempted) or incorrect.

-2 Pts. For the wrong number of Significant Digits on problems marked SD

Tie Breaker is the paper with the most correctly answered state or geometry problems. 

Advanced Math – 40 Minute Test

+6 Pts. Correct Answer

-2 Pts. Incorrect Answer

0 Pts. Skipped Question

Tie Breaker is the percentage of correctly answered questions of those questions attempted. 

Social Studies – 90 Minute Test

+1 Pt. Part I

+2 Pts. Part II

+3 Pts. Part III

+1 Pt. Part IV

Essay Question – Required Tie Breaker

Literary Criticism -90 Minute Test

+1 Pt.     A Handbook for Literature Section

+3 Pts.    Reading List Section

+2 Pts     Specific Application to Literature

Essay Questions -Required Tie Breaker

 

Mathematics – 40 Minute Test

+6 Pts. Correct Answer

-2 Pts. Incorrect Answer

0 Pts. Skipped Question

Tie Breaker is the percentage of correctly answered question of those questions attempted. 

Spelling – 90 Minute Test

Part I – 15 Minutes

+1 Pt. Correct Answer

Part II – Words are read at the rate of 4 per minute with the provided definition. 

+1 Pt. Correct Answer

Tie Breaker – Part III

A positive score must be made on any test to place at the state level of competition.