What are the mark cutoffs for competition certificates?

For our competitions, certificates are issued in different bands, depending on what score the participant achieved out of the total number of available points. These bands follow the grading system used in most Australian universities. These bands are as follows:

  • Participation: < 50%
  • Merit: 50-64% 
  • Credit: 65-74% 
  • Distinction: 75-84%
  • High Distinction: 85-99%
  • Perfect Score: 100%

The NCSS Challenge Advanced Tournament has a different grading system. Certificate bands are awarded based on:

  • Points earned by solving the problems (50% of final grade)
  • Participation (submitting bots) in the Tournaments (25% of final grade)
  • Bot performance in the Tournaments (25% of final grade)

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