Frequently asked questions

    1. When is the Online competition held this year? Wednesday 13th of March, 2019. The competition is held simultaneously across Australia and so the time varies according to your timezone.  The table below provides the local times of both the preparation period (1 hour) and the competition period (2 hours). Schools will need to agree to provide an appropriate venue and nominate a staff member to supervise throughout the session. There is no limit to the number of teams from each school that can compete online.
      State Date Venue Preparation period Competition period
      ACT Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 In-school 1:30 – 2:30pm 2:30 – 4:30pm
      NSW 1:30 – 2:30pm 2:30 – 4:30pm
      NT 12:00 – 1:00pm 1:00 – 3:00pm
      QLD 12:30 – 1:30pm 1:30 – 3:30pm
      SA 1:00 – 2:00pm 2:00 – 4:00pm
      VIC 1:30 – 2:30pm 2:30 – 4:30pm
      WA 10:30 – 11:30am 11:30am – 1:30pm
    2. When is the National Round held this year? The top competitors in the Regional/State Round will be invited to go on to represent their region in the National Round. The National Round will be held in university centres around Australia.  This year’s National Round competition will be held on Wednesday March 27th 2019.
    3. How long does the competition last? Teams have 2 hours to complete the competition. There is also 1 hour provided for preparation before the competition for teachers to print the question books and for team members to fill out their details in the team membership questionnaire. This should only take a few minutes.
    4. How does online participation work?
      • Teams register online via this website before the deadline (8th March 2019). To register your teams, you need to either log into your account (in the top right corner of the window), or register (next to ‘log in’). Once the account has been activated, you need to log in and edit your profile (there is now a link on the activation page telling you to do this). After completing your profile, you can register teams (the link is in the top right hand corner; click on ‘teams’). Once credentials are released (as provided on the information page, you can access these back in your Profile, under the ‘Team Credentials’ tab. If you have problems accessing them, please contact webmaster@ozclo.org.au. Additional instructions (for the online competition) will be presented on the Team Credentials page.
      • On the day of the Regional Round, each team logs in to the competition system. https://bblearn.griffith.edu.au/webapps/gu-nosso-BBLEARN/   (Team login details should be tested well in advance.)
      • Schools should also download and print out copies of the question booklet at the start of the competition period (time is allowed for this).
      • Students work within their teams to finalise their answers and then enter them online before the cutoff time. A separate computer is required for each team.
      • Schools must agree to provide a teacher or other responsible supervisor for the whole two hour competition period. Students are not permitted to access other information online or elsewhere during the competition, and there must be no conferring between teams.
    5. How can students prepare beforehand at their schools?All students who are registered can prepare individually or in teams by trying at least some of the practice problems in the Preparation Package. Solutions are provided. They can also practice with previous papers on the online competition page presented in the same format as the actual competition, but with immediate feedback.
    6. Can schools hold mini-comps to select their teams? Yes. Some schools choose one or more problems from the training materials to hold an in-school competition to select their best students to go into teams for the Regional Round.
    7. Are training sessions provided? Yes – some local campuses provide an optional training session. Equivalent training materials can also be found on the online competition site.  Information on these sessions may be found on the current competition information page, or by contacting your local committee. The training sessions include details of the competition as well as general information about linguistics, computational linguistics and language technologies. We will also provide sample problems and give tips for solving them!
    8. Can you do the competition Offline?Yes, but not in all regions. In some States/Regions, paper rounds will be held at schools or on campus, and may be scheduled to occur BEFORE the date of the online competition.
    9. I can’t log in to the registration page. The log in page offers an “I forgot my password” link to recover your password. If you do not know the email address you registered with or are still having difficulty, you can contact the webmaster at webmaster@ozclo.org.au.
    10. I’ve lost my credentials for the competition page. You can find these by logging in to the registration page (register.ozclo.org.au) and checking your registered teams.
    11. I can’t log in to the online competition. First check that you are logging in at the right page https://bblearn.griffith.edu.au/webapps/gu-nosso-BBLEARN/. When you log out you will be redirected to a different log in page, and this one will not work! You always need to go back to the original registration page. If you’re on the right page and it’s not working, double check your username and password. Team usernames will consist of AUTEAM and a 5 digit number. Team Manager usernames will consist of AUMNGR and a 5 digit number. Make sure you aren’t accidentally copy and pasting a space with your username or password. If you still have difficulty contact the online competition support on onlinecomp@ozclo.org.au.
    12. HELP! There was an error submitting my answers during the competition! Don’t worry. Firstly, this only very rarely happens. And in almost all cases the system did actually save your responses. If you get an error, just contact us on onlinecomp@ozclo.org.au. We will check whether your responses have been saved in the system. In the very rare case that some responses were lost, it’s still ok! Just scan your written responses and email them to us. We’ll make sure your responses are still graded.
    13. I have another question about the online competition. You can contact us at onlinecomp@ozclo.org.au. This is the best way to get in contact with us during the competition.
    14. I have another question about OzCLO. Contact your regional coordinators