Frequently asked questions
- How does online participation work?
- Teams register online via this website before the deadline (as provided on the information page). To register your teams, you need to either log into your account (in the top right corner of this 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. (Team login details should be tested well in advance.)
- Schools will usually 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Are training sessions provided?Yes – some local campuses provide an optional training session. Information on these sessions may be found on the current competition information page, or by contacting your local committee.
At that session we will:
- explain the details of the competition,
- talk about linguistics, computational linguistics and language technologies, and provide sample problems and give tips for solving them!
Alternatively, the online competition site contains training materials that are equivalent to the on-campus training session.
- 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.
- When is the Online competition held this year?This will be held nationwide online in schools. The date changes for each competition and more information will be made available via the current competition’s information page. 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.
- 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. The date changes for each competition and more information will be made available via the current competition’s information page.