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Bebras FAQ

Frequently asked questions about the Bebras Australia Computational Thinking Challenge.

The Bebras Australia Computational Thinking Challenge questions become freely available, without the need for a login, after each challenge. To access these questions any time, visit Bebras 365 to choose questions from previous challenges and download Solutions Guides.

Students can either work by themselves or in a team of up to four.

Bebras is an international challenge and your students' information will be stored on our server in Canberra, ACT. As the information is held overseas, all students competing using their names must return the parental consent form to their school in order to participate. Alternatively, if your students compete using pseudonyms, parental consent forms do not need to be completed.

CSIRO is committed to protecting your child's privacy in accordance with the Australian Privacy Principles contained in the Privacy Action 1988 (Cth).

To ensure the safety of all students participating in the Bebras Australia Computational Thinking Challenge.

Please return the parental consent forms to your school. Consent forms must be retained by participating schools for 12 months.

Parental consent forms only need to be sent to CSIRO Digital Careers for students to be listed on the Honour Roll. If your student achieves Honour Roll status, CSIRO Digital Careers will contact your school's coordinator and request the parental consent forms.

Terms and Conditions can be long and hard to read but we have pulled together a short one page Terms and Conditions to make sure you are aware of important information about Bebras Australia and the challenge. Read the Terms and Conditions for participating schools and if you have any questions, contact digitalcareers@csiro.au

The Honour Roll is awarded to students who receive full marks in the first round of the Bebras Australia Computational Thinking Challenge. Their name (with parental consent) is placed on the Honour Roll and a certificate signed by CSIRO Chief Executive, Dr Larry Marshall is sent out to their school. When a student obtains full marks in the challenge, CSIRO Digital Careers will contact the school to obtain Parental Consent forms prior to publishing the Honour Roll.

The Bebras Australia team approves each coordinator request. We do this to ensure only Australian students register (each country has their own challenge).

Please ensure you register using your school email, full school name and postcode to expedite the approval process. If it has been longer than 48 hours, please check if you have been sent a request for additional information or contact us at digitalcareers@csiro.au.

We try to ensure that each challenge, and challenge question, is compatible on every device. However some school firewalls can block certain questions. We recommend using Google Chrome and talking to your school IT department before the challenge just to be sure. You can also reach out to us at digitalcareers@csiro.au with any concerns and we'll do our best to support you.

As Bebras is a challenge, students have 45 minutes (or 60 minutes for year 3 & 4 students) to complete all the questions. The challenge must be completed in one sitting. Logging out does not stop the timer and will result in students not being able to access the challenge again.

Absolutely! We know life can be crazy, and even crazier in a classroom! You can register your students up to the last day of the challenge. Just remember to keep some time aside in case you come across any hiccups.

Participation 0-59
Merit 60-86
Credit 87-101
Distinction 102-113
High Distinction 114-134
Honour Roll (first round only)135

There are 15 problems to be solved. These are presented under three levels of difficulty – Easy, Medium and Hard – with five questions assigned to each level of difficulty. The questions get progressively more difficult as students advance upwards through the year levels.

There are five EASY questions with 6 points awarded for each correct answer.

There are five MEDIUM questions with 9 points awarded for each correct answer.

There are five HARD questions with 12 points awarded for each correct answer.