Scholastic Contest

General Rules

Awards - Divisions - Eligibility - Entry - Scholarships - Scoring




  1. Registration is available by accessing the CSC web page. Changes in registration may be made through Friday, March 20. No changes may be made after that date.
  2. No individual shall enter more than three different tests, or enter more than one test at any one period. All tests will be one hour in length.
  3. The number of contestants for any one school in any one event will be limited to two unless otherwise indicated under the general test descriptions.
  4. Inquiries concerning a particular test should be addressed to the instructor in charge of that test. Instructor names and phone numbers are listed in the test description.

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Eligibility: The following requirements must be met


  1. The contestant shall be a bona fide student at the school represented, doing at least passing work during the last previous semester enrolled.
  2. The contestant shall only be affiliated with one school.
  3. The contestant shall have enrolled within the first two weeks of the semester.
  4. The contestant shall not be a postgraduate student nor compete for more than four years after enrolling as a freshman. A college student enrolled for high school studies is not eligible.
  5. The contestant shall not have reached their 20th birthday.
  6. The contestant shall be at least 13 years of age.
  7. The contestant shall be strictly amateur.
  8. If eligibility is contested, the matter shall be decided by the Contest Director(s).
  9. Students taking courses under college instructors for college credit will not be permitted to participate in a test in that given subject area.
  10. Carefully check each test description to determine whether or not the student must be currently enrolled in the course.
  11. We strongly advise students to bring calculators to the tests. Please check the test description to see what type of calculator may be used.


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Participating schools will be placed in one of five divisions. To determine which division your school is in, please use the total enrollment of the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades of your high school. (These figures are used in determining your division only. Students in the 9th grade may participate in the Scholastic Contest.)

Division I 400 and above
Division II 200-399
Division III 100-199
Division IV 50-99
Division V 1-49

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Points are awarded to students placing in the top 25% (rounded up to the next whole student) of the test based upon the following chart. Only those students in the top 25% of the test will receive points. Points are awarded to the first two places in all tests regardless of the number of students enrolled. Ties for any top 25% place will result in the points for that number of consecutive places being summed and divided evenly between the students tied. POINTS are ROUNDED to the nearest hundredth.

Place 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Points 35 32 30 28 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11


Place 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40
Points 10 9 8 7 6 5 5 4 4 3 3 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Example 1

If the test has 15 students enrolled:

(15*.20 = 3 places receive points)

1st would receive 35 points,
2nd would receive 32 points,
3rd would receive 30 points. 

Example 2

If the test has 17 students enrolled:

(17*.20 = 3.4 rounded up = 4 places receive points)

1st would receive 35 points,
2nd would receive 32 points,
3rd would receive 30 points,
4th would receive 28 points.

Example 3

If the test has 30 students enrolled and there is a four-way tie for 2nd place:

(30*.20 = 6 places receive points)

1st would receive 35 points,
The four students tied for 2nd each receive 29 points [(32+30+28+26)/4=29]
2nd would receive 29 points (Tie),
2nd would receive 29 points (Tie),
2nd would receive 29 points (Tie),
2nd would receive 29 points (Tie),
6th would receive 25 points.

All of the points awarded to students from a school are summed to give a School Total. The School Total is divided by the Total Number of Tests Taken by the students from that school to give a Quality Award Score. The Quality Award Score represents the average score earned by the school on each test taken.

To compete for Division Winners, a school must have met or exceeded the Minimum Total Number of Tests Taken based on the Divisions in which the school is competing.

Division Minimum Total Number of Tests Taken
I 40
II 30
III 25
IV 20
V 15

The school with the highest Quality Award Score that has met or exceeded the Minimum Total Number of Tests Taken for the Division will be declared the Division Winner.


School A - 387 points with 27 students taking 38 tests.
387/38 = 10.184 Quality Award Score

School B - 420 points with 30 student taking 45 tests.
420/45 = 9.333 Quality Award Score

School A would be the Division Winner.

Note: Complete division standings will not be available until the end of the Scholastic Contest. Only students actually taking a test will be included in the total number of tests taken. Students enrolled in a test, but not taking the test will NOT be included. 

Division standings will not be available until the end of the Scholastic Contest.

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Medals will be awarded to the top three places in each test. In case of a tie, more than one medal will be awarded for that place. (Therefore, in some cases, it is possible that no second or third place medals will be awarded.) Certificates of Merit will be awarded to those finishing in the top 25% of each test. Certificates of Participation will be presented to all contestants.

A plaque will be presented to the top school of each division. Medals, certificates, and plaques will be forwarded to schools the week following the contest

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Each senior who wins first place in a contest will be the recipient of a Scholastic Achievement Award. This award is a waiver of the in-state portion of tuition to Chadron State College for the Fall and Spring semesters of the 2014-2015 school year. This award is non-renewable and non-transferable.

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