Frequently asked questions

    1. How do I register? Registration is now available here. Teachers need to register themselves, then they can purchase the number of teams they wish to register, and finally register those teams. The registration process guides you through. If you have any questions contact us at [email protected]
    2. 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.
      StatePreparation TimeCompetition Time
      ACT1:30 – 2:30pm2:30 – 4:30pm
      NSW1:30 – 2:30pm2:30 – 4:30pm
      NT12:00 – 1:00pm1:00 – 3:00pm
      QLD12:30 – 1:30pm1:30 – 3:30pm
      SA1:00 – 2:00pm2:00 – 4:00pm
      VIC1:30 – 2:30pm2:30 – 4:30pm
      WA10:30 – 11:30am11:30am – 1:30pm
    3. Online versus Offline? In some cases it is possible to compete offline. If you wish to do this, you should email your local organisers to discuss the options. You will still need to follow the standard registration procedure.
    4. What’s the difference between Junior and Senior teams? There are two divisions in the OzCLO competition: Junior and Senior. Both divisions attempt the same set of questions. The difference is that they are graded separately. So the top Junior teams will receive Gold certificates and potentially be invited to the National round regardless of the scores achieved by the Senior division teams. If at least one student in a team is in Year 11 or 12 that team is a Senior team.
    5. Are there Team names? In previous years teams were named AUTEAM+ a number. This year the teams are identified by the email address they are assigned during enrolment. No further name is needed. If a team would like to change their automatically generated Team NickName, they can do so in their user account settings.
    6. 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.
    7. How much does it cost? $10 per team of 4 students
    8. How do we run the competition on the day?
      • Teams register online before the deadline (8th March 2019).
      • The teacher receives details to log into the teacher competition site. Teachers should check this site during the preparation period to find the question book. Please print one copy per student.
      • Teams will receive details to log into the team competition site. Teams should log into this site during the preparation period to complete the Team Information questionnaire to provide the names of the students competing in that team on the day.
      • 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.
      • We recommend testing the log in process before the day of the competition.
    9. 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.
    10. How can students prepare beforehand at their schools?All students can prepare individually or in teams by trying some of the practice problems in the Preparation Package. Solutions are provided.
    11. 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.
    12. 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!
    13. 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.
    14. I can’t log in to my account. 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 us at [email protected]
    15. 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 [email protected]. 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.
    16. I have another question about the online competition. You can contact us at [email protected]. This is the best way to get in contact with us during the competition.
    17. I have another question about OzCLO. Contact your regional coordinators