First Round of Testing

Hello SciHounds!

The first round of testing will occur on November 18. Because we do not have good indicators of your skill levels yet, we will be relying primarily on these exams to determine teams for Whiting. Here’s how testing will go down:

  • On testing day, we will start the meeting at 3:15.
  • Please find a desk or lab table to work at, and get out any pencils, notes, calculators, and other competition-valid aides that you will need.
  • For people taking the Astronomy test, bring your own laptop with the notes that you will need. Just like at competition, your computer must be disconnected from wifi. Needless to say, you may only use the computer for Astronomy and no other event. UPDATE: there may be one or two spare laptops available on the day of testing for people to borrow. Please be sure to contact Darren if you need one, and bring your materials on a USB drive.
  • Put all cell phones away. Because testing results will impact our team decisions, we take these tests very seriously. Cheating has occurred in the past, and we do not want to deal with it this year.
  • You will be picking up all the tests you are planning to take at the same time.
  • DIFFERENT THIS YEAR: To better simulate competition, we ask that you to spend no more than 30 minutes on each event. This will help us finish in a timely fashion as well as keep the testing fair for everyone. Please work on your tests one at a time. Do not begin work on a separate exam until you have turned in your current one.
  • For events with a practical component, we will provide instructions on the day of the test.
  • Once your are done with all your tests, you may work on your builds or go home. In any case, please keep in mind that those around you may still be testing.

For those of you who cannot attend testing on Wednesday:

  • Please send us an email as soon as possible at
  • We will need to arrange for you to test the next SRT.
  • Make sure we know which tests you would like to take.
  • For WIDI, make sure your partner knows when you plan to test.

Organizing tests for 50 people is a massive undertaking. Please try to follow these guidelines to help testing move along as smoothly as possible. As always, do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions.


~SciOly Officers

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