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Bebras FAQ

Frequently asked questions about the Bebras Australia Computational Thinking Challenge.

Yes! Parents, tutors, home schools, and after school groups are all welcome to participate in the challenge. Please email digitalcareers@csiro.au with your postcode to register. 

Yes, there are many options to practice for the Bebras Challenge. You can download the offline, card game version of the challenge, revisit past challenge questions or attempt skills-based mini challenges. To access these resources any time, visit the links below:

  • Bebras 365
    Attempt previous years' challenge questions.
  • Bebras Unplugged
    A free, offline, printable version of the Bebras Challenge for use at home or in the classroom.
  • Bebras Mini Challenges
    Shorter versions of the Bebras Challenge with a focus on one particular Computational Thinking skill.

Yes, you can register your students up to the last day of the challenge. Just remember to allow enough time to complete the challenge.

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

Students have 45 minutes (or 60 minutes for Years 3+4) to complete the challenge. The Bebras Challenge must be completed in one sitting. Logging out does not stop the timer. Students who exceed the time limit will be logged out automatically.

All students participating in the challenge must return the parental consent form to their school. Consent forms must be retained by participating schools for 12 months after participating in the challenge.

CSIRO is committed to protecting your child’s privacy in accordance with the Australian Privacy Principles contained in the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth). Student information is stored on our server in Canberra and only used for the purpose of administering the challenge.

Parental consent forms only need to be sent to CSIRO Digital Careers for Honour Roll students who wish to be listed on the CSIRO website. If a student is eligible for the Honour Roll, we will contact their coordinator to request parental consent forms.

The 2021 Terms and Conditions [pdf · 1mb] are available for download to ensure you are aware of important information about the Bebras Challenge. If you have any questions, please contact digitalcareers@csiro.au

The Honour Roll is awarded to students who receive full marks in 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 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.

Prior to 2020, the second round of the Bebras Challenge was a repeat, and the Solutions Guide was readily available. As a result, only students who received full marks in the first round challenge each year were eligible for the Honour Roll. As of 2020, student who receive full marks in either or both of the rounds are eligible for the Honour Roll.

The Bebras Australia team approves each coordinator request. Please ensure you register using your school email to expedite the approval process. If it has been longer than two business days, please contact us at digitalcareers@csiro.au.

We try to ensure that the challenge is compatible across most devices. However, some school firewalls can block questions. We recommend using Google Chrome and talking to your school IT department before the challenge. Please contact us at digitalcareers@csiro.au with any concerns.

Participation 0-59
Merit 60-86
Credit 87-101
Distinction 102-113
High Distinction 114-134
Honour Roll 135

There are 15 problems to be solved with three levels of difficulty: easy, medium and hard. There are five easy questions worth six points, five medium questions worth nine points, and five hard questions worth 12 points each. No points are deducted for incorrect answers or unanswered questions.