Computer Science Scoring Procedures
The Computer Science Contest will be tabulated using raw scores only; the old percent conversion formula is no longer used. This does not change the fundamental nature or structure of the contest, only the process used to tabulate scores. The issue really comes into play only when tabulating regional and state team scores, when hands-on programming points are factored in. In previous years, a formula has been used to convert the written and hands-on parts of the team score each to a 100-point scale, so a perfect team score was 200. That formula will no longer be used.
Instead, only raw scores will be used. A perfect individual raw score on the written test is 240, so a perfect written test team score is 720. To meet the requirement of having the hands-on part of the team score be of equal weight to the written part, the point values for hands-on programming problems have been adjusted. Each of the 12 problems will be worth 60 points, so a perfect hands-on programming score will also be 720. Thus a perfect overall team score at region and state will be 1440.
Penalty Points in Hands-on Programming
The change in point values for hands-on programming required a change in the point deductions assessed for incorrect solutions. An incorrect solution will now result in a deduction of five points. A team that gets a problem right on the second try would receive 55 points (60 minus one five-point deduction).
Point deductions for incorrect solutions will only be counted in the team score IF the team ultimately gets that problem correct. So attempting a problem one, two, three times or more but never getting it correct will not hurt the team's score; however, the team will still have lost all the time spent on all those incorrect solutions, leaving less time for other problems. The point deductions are included for correctly solved problems in order to give more points to a team that gets the problem right on the first try versus a team that gets it right on the second or third try.
Changes to the scoring system are based on unanimous agreement of the Computer Science Advisory Committee, which includes coaches representing various conferences and regions as well as the state contest directors.