Evaluation & Scoring

Please click on the following links for samples of adjudication forms.

Written evaluations from adjudicators should be picked up at headquarters by 7 pm on Saturday, March 24, 2018.


In each room, each hour, entries are ranked by the judges 1st through up to 10th place. All rankings are averaged and internally the system gives each rank a “score” – 10 pts for 1st, 9 pts for 2nd, etc.

These rankings from Friday and Saturday are combined for a Preliminary Total (0 pts to 20 pts).  Entries ranked highest by judges on both Friday and Saturday receive the highest Prelim Total. For example, an entry ranked 1st by judges on Friday and Saturday will have a Prelim Total of 20 pts (10 + 10 = 20 pts).  An entry ranked 2nd by judges on both days can have a higher Prelim Total (9 + 9 = 18 pts) than an entry ranked 1st by judges on Friday and 10th by judges on Saturday (10 + 1 = 11 pts).

When ties occur they are broken by a strength of schedule formula. Entries that score higher over another high ranked entry receive a stronger tie breaker score. An entry ranked high over another lower ranked entry receive a lower tie breaker score. 

Strength of Schedule Example:

  • Entry A has a Prelim Total of 17 and competed against 10 other entries, 5 on Friday and 5 on Saturday. 
  • Entry B also has a Prelim Total of 17 and also competed against 10 other entries, 5 on Friday and 5 on Saturday.
  • These two entries are now tied.  To break the tie, its determined if Entry A competed against stronger / higher scoring competitors (tougher competition) than Entry B.  We do this by averaging the Total Prelim scores of each of their competitors.
    • Entry A’s competition scored 19, 15, 15, 13, 10, 7, 6, 6, 5, 4 for an average of 10 pts
    • Entry B’s competition scored 18, 18, 17, 15, 14, 12, 10, 8, 5, 3 for an average of 12 pts
  • Although Entry A and Entry B both had a prelim value of 17, Entry B was able to get that score while competing against stronger / higher scoring competitors.  Therefore entry B wins the tie.

The top ten (10) entries with the highest Prelim Totals in each performance category are selected for Finals.

Finalists are ranked by the judges 1st through 10th.  All judges rankings are combined to determine 1st through 10th place. 

Ties are broken by Prelim Totals (above).  Entry with higher Prelim Total is placed higher.

Each entry ranked in Finals also receives Sweepstakes points according to place ranked (1st -10th).

Design entries are ranked 1st – number of entries entered. Entries placing 1st through 3rd receive Sweepstakes points.

Tech Olympics scores are determined by combining scores for all seven (7) events.  Teams scoring highest overall points are awarded 1st through 3rd place and receive Sweepstakes points.

The school with the highest Sweepstakes points from the Finals round is awarded the Sweepstakes Trophy. Therefore schools that place in multiple categories score higher for Sweepstakes.

A tie for Sweepstakes is broken by total of Final Points, and if necessary by Final Average, and if necessary by Prelim Points.