Divisions

  • ACSL has five divisions: Senior, Intermediate, Junior, Classroom, and Elementary, providing an appropriate challenge for students of varying ages and abilities. We encourage schools and organizations to join more than one division, so that each student can participate in the division best matching their ability.

  • Contest topics are similar across divisions but vary in levels of detail and difficulty.

  • Within a division, a school forms one or more teams. Each team can choose to compete as a 5-score team or a 3-score team. Students take the same tests regardless of being on 5-score or 3-score team.

    • On a 5-score team, there can be up to 20 registered students whose names will appear on the ACSL Leaderboard. The score for each contest is the sum of the top 5 student scores for that contest. Different students from the same team might be in the top 5 for each contest.

    • On a 3-score team, there can be up to 12 registered students whose names will appear on the ACSL Leaderboard. The score for each contest is the sum of the top 3 student scores for that contest. Different students from the same team might be in the top 3 for each contest.

  • A school can register multiple teams per division. This allows more students to have their scores counted towards a team score and also allows friendly competition within a school.

  • Advisors can register additional teams after the initial registration form has been completed.

  • A student may only participate as a member of a single team. After Contest #1, a student cannot change teams.

  • High-scoring students in all divisions will be invited to an end-of-year online Finals competition.

Senior Division

Best for high school students with programming experience, especially those taking AP Computer Science.

Each contest consists of an online 30-minute, 5-question short answer test and an online programming problem to solve in 72 hours.

Intermediate Division

Best for high school students with little or no programming experience and for advanced junior high students.

Each contest consists of an online 30-minute, 5-question short answer test and an online programming problem to solve in 72 hours.

Junior Division

Best for junior high and middle school students with no previous programming experience. No student beyond grade 9 may compete in the Junior Division.

Each contest consists of an online 30-minute, 5-question short answer test and an online programming problem to solve in 72 hours.

Classroom Division

Open to students in all grades. Ideally suited for students taking AP Computer Science Principles, and other computer science classes without a major programming component.

Each contest consists of an online 50-minute, 10-question short answer test. The problems are non-programming problems from the Junior, Intermediate, and Senior divisions.

Elementary Division

Open to students in grades 3 - 6.

Each contest consists of an online 30-minute, 5-question non-programming test, focused on a single category of content. A different category will be tested on each contest.

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