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How long does trialling last ?
Who can submit trials ?
How many trials are allowed ?
How quickly are trial results returned ?
Can you trial beyond period 5 ?
How are trials scored ?


How long does trialling last ?

The length of time allocated for trialling varies between competitions, and will be displayed on the competition web page, under the 'schedule' link.


Who can submit trials ?

Teams can either trial individually or as a group.

Individual trialling is encouraged so that each team member can gain a good understanding of how the software works.

Eventually the individual ideas need to be amalgamated into a group trial, since only one set of decisions can be submitted when the competition starts.


How many trials are allowed ?

There is no limit on the number of trials allowed during the trialling phase.

However, there is a restriction on the number of trials that can be submitted at any one time.

Only one trial should be submitted at any one time, and the submitter should wait for the results before submitting again. This enables feedback to be returned specific to each trial submitted.


How quickly are trial results returned ?

Every attempt will be made to return trial results as quickly as possible, including during weekends.


Can you trial beyond period 5 ?

Trials can only be submitted for period 5, and not subsequent periods.


How many trials are allowed ?

There is no limit on the number of trials allowed during the trialling phase.

However, there is a restriction on the number of trials that can be submitted at any one time.

Only one trial should be submitted at any one time, and the submitter should wait for the results before submitting again. This enables feedback to be returned specific to each trial submitted.


How are trials scored ?

Each trial will be given a numerical score, which can be compared to the starting point of 1,000 points, and will be graded somewhere between the lowest possible, "Some room for improvement”, through to the highest possible, "Excellent".

The grading reflects both the actual trial performance, and the potential trial score possible.

Even with a grading of "excellent" it may be possible to improve the overall numerical score with some subtle tweaks to the trial decisions.

The numerical weighting for each grade is as follows :-

  • Some room for improvement  < 900 points
  • Not a bad attempt  >=900 and <1,100
  • Good  >=1,100 and <1,200
  • Excellent  >1,200