Judging criteria

Judging process

  • The judges’ decision is final.
  • Entries in each state/territory will be judged by judges appointed by the competition organisers in that state/territory.
  • Judging will be based on the judging criteria which follow below, or as advised by the competition organizers.

Judging criteria

The judging criteria are given below. The judges apply these criteria in an age appropriate way; that is, the standard required from a Year 11 student will be much higher than that required by a Year 8 student.

Please read the competition rules. Failure to adhere to these rules may result in disqualification from the competition.

The projects will be judged based on the following three criteria, each equally weighted.

A. Planning and Data Collection

  • Does the project clearly and concisely state the objective and research question?
  • Are there clear statements of what data has been collected, and how? (If the CensusAtSchool Random Sampler is used, you must explain how you used it and exactly what you extracted. If the data were obtained from elsewhere, such as a webpage, you must acknowledge and reference the source.)
  • Is the collected data appropriate for answering the research question?
  • Is the research question creative, original and interesting?

B. Analysis

  • Are any graphs/statistics appropriate for displaying and summarizing the data?
  • Is the analysis appropriate?
  • Are the conclusions clear, correct and appropriate?
  • Is there repetition in the experiment to measure variation?
  • Has the project been repeated enough times to give accurate conclusions?
  • In the discussion, are suggested improvements given?

C. Presentation

  • Is the project easily readable? This means:
    • Ensuring font sizes are large enough.
    • Ensuring there is not too much text. A project is meant to convey information concisely. Too much text invites people to look at someone else’s project instead.
    • Using plain, simple fonts. Fancy fonts can be hard to read, though occasional use for headings may be suitable.
    • Ensuring graphs are clear, titled, uncluttered, and well-explained.
  • Is the spelling and grammar correct and appropriate?
  • Is the language clear, concise and error free?
  • Is the project clearly and logically set out?
  • Is the design creative and original?

Most importantly, ensure the project complies with the competition rules (about the size of the project; the number of participants in the team etc).