Frequently Asked Questions

 

Do students work individually or in teams?

Students can either work by themselves or in a team of up to four.

Why do I need to collect parental consent forms for each student?

We need to ensure the safety of all students participating in the Bebras Australia Computational Thinking Challenge. As Bebras is an international challenge, your student’s information will be stored on its computer system in the Netherlands. At the end of each year, this information is completely deleted. Because the information is held overseas, all students must have parental permission to participate.

Why do we do this?
The information is stored for the school year so the teacher can log back in at any time to see their students results, compare them to the first round, or simply re-print a lost participation certificate.
Each student who receives full marks in the first round of Bebras will be placed on the online Honour Roll and will receive a special certificate. The parental consent form must be returned for your student to receive this.
All consent forms must be returned to CSIRO at: digitalcareers@csiro.au
CSIRO is committed to protecting your child’s privacy in accordance with the Australian Privacy Principles contained in the Privacy Action 1988 (Cth).

What do I do with the Parental Consent form?

Please return the parental consent forms to our awesome Bebras Team. You can find return details on the bottom of the form, or simply scan and email them to digitalcareers@csiro.au

Terms & Conditions

Terms & Conditions can be long and hard to read, we totally get it! However we have pulled together a short one page T&Cs to make sure you are aware of important information about Bebras Australia. You can find them here and if you have any questions, send them our way digitalcareers@csiro.au

What is the Honour Roll?

The Honour Roll is awarded to students who receive full marks in the first round of the Bebras Australia Computational Thinking Challenge. Their name (with parental consent) is placed on the Honour Roll and a certificate signed by CSIRO’s Chief Executive, Dr Larry Marshall is sent out to the school.

Why is the Honour Roll only for the first round?

As the same questions are used in the second round and the solutions guide is readily available, only the the first round students who receive full marks will be eligible for the Honour Roll.

I’ve registered as a Coordinator but I can’t log in straight away

The Bebras Australia Team approves each Coordinator request. We do this to ensure only Australian schools register (each country has their own challenge) and just in case any sneaky students try to gain access. If it’s been longer than 12 hours, please send us an email digitalcareers@csiro.au

Some questions in the challenge aren’t loading for my students

We try to ensure that each challenge, and challenge question, is compatible on every device. However some school firewalls can block certain questions. We recommend talking to your IT department before the challenge just to be sure. You can also reach out to us with any concerns and we’ll do our best to support you.

Can students sit the challenge in multiple sittings?

As Bebras is a challenge, students have 45 minutes (or 60 minutes for year 3 & 4 students) to complete all the questions. This must be done in one sitting. Logging out does not stop the timer.

Can I register my students even though the challenge period has started?

Absolutely! We know life can be crazy, and even crazier in a classroom! You can register your students up to the last day of the challenge. Just remember to keep some time aside in case you come across any hiccups.

What is the achievement level breakdown?

Participation 0-59
Merit 60-86
Credit 87-101
Distinction 102-113
High Distinction 114-135

How are marks calculated?

There are 15 problems to be solved. These are presented under three levels of difficulty – Easy, Medium, Hard – each consisting of 5 questions. The questions get progressively more difficult as students advance upwards through the school system.

Difficulty

EASY

MEDIUM

HARD

Correct

+6 points

+9 points

+12 points

Incorrect

0 points

0 points

0 points

Unanswered

0 points

0 points

0 points

Questions

5 questions

5 questions

5 questions

Max Points

30 points

45 points

60 points

135 points