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Frequently asked questions

The Bebras Australia Computational Thinking Challenge questions become freely accessible after each challenge. To access these questions any time, head to Bebras 365 and choose from around 100 different challenge questions.

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

We need to ensure the safety of all students participating in the Bebras Australia Computational Thinking Challenge. As Bebras is an international challenge, your student's information will be stored on its computer system in the Netherlands. At the end of each year, this information is completely deleted. Because the information is held overseas, all students must have parental permission to participate.

The information is stored for the school year so the teacher can log back in at any time to see their students' results, compare them to the first round, or simply reprint a lost participation certificate.

Each student who receives full marks in the first round of Bebras will be placed on the online Honour Roll and will receive a special certificate. The parental consent form must be returned for your student to receive this.

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

Please return the parental consent forms to your child's teacher. Consent forms should be retained by the school for 12 months and only need to be sent to CSIRO Digital Careers if the student is to be listed on the Honour Roll. If you have any further questions, please contact digitalcareers@csiro.au.

Terms & Conditions can be long and hard to read, we totally get it! However we have pulled together a short one page T&Cs to make sure you are aware of important information about Bebras Australia. Read the Terms and conditions for participating schools [pdf · 63kb] and if you have any questions, send them our way 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 the school.

As the same questions are used in the second round and the solutions guide is readily available, only the the first round students who receive full marks will be eligible for the Honour Roll.

The Bebras Australia Team approves each Coordinator request. We do this to ensure only Australian schools register (each country has their own challenge) and just in case any sneaky students try to gain access. If it's been longer than 48 hours, please send us an email 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 talking to your IT department before the challenge just to be sure. You can also reach out to us 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 and 4 students) to complete all the questions. This must be done in one sitting. Logging out does not stop the timer.

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 114-135

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

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

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

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