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Front of Room

Test Room Proctor: Check to see that your test room is set up like this
Each desk should be labeled with Student Team

and ID number


Post list of competitors outside room

Extra desks should be moved back from Interview area.


Post list of competitors outside room

Student Speaker should have a clear view of the speech timer.
Extra desks should be moved back from Speech area.



  1. Determine before the school year begins if the food coordinator will be the host high school cafeteria manager or the director of food services for the school district. Share with him/her what will be needed for the competition.

  1. Obtain an estimated number of students and adults to be fed.

  1. The meals normally to be prepared are:

Friday Evening (for essay, speech, interview judges and test proctors, as

well as scoring and other volunteers.)

Saturday Breakfast (for all Test proctors and volunteers)

Saturday Snack (for all team members)

Saturday Lunch (for all team members, coaches, Super Quiz proctors, Test

proctors and other volunteers.)

  1. Participating schools will be expected to pay for all meals for extra team members and coaches, above the 10 (one coach and nine team members) meals that will be provided to the participating schools.

  1. Work with Regional Coordinator, personnel to serve and clean facility.



Chairperson Responsibilities

  1. Secure needed personnel:(9 to 12 Test proctors and 6 to 9 runners, as well as extra personnel to replace last minute withdrawals) and one person assigned to the test distribution room to aide you with distribution.

  1. Prepare packets for proctors and runners. Review contents of packets with proctors during proctor training.

  1. Using test room schedule , assign proctors and runners to test rooms.

  1. Obtain pre-slugged answer sheets from Scoring Chairperson. Obtain master list of students and student numbers in order to check in tests and score sheets.

  1. Contact facilities chairperson to obtain access to rooms the day prior to testing to set up the rooms before competition day.

  1. Receive printed tests from State Testing Chair at January training. Secure all tests until competition day. Secure CD players from the facilities chairperson or from the regional coordinator for use in each testing room

  1. Organize test materials for distribution, tests, answer sheets, room numbers, pencils, Test Proctor Instructions, CD players, room lay-outs etc.- sort into test room boxes for ease of distribution.

  1. Arrange for meals for proctors and runners, both Friday evening after the afternoon testing and Saturday morning before the morning testing.

  1. Obtain name tags for proctors and runners.

  1. Hold an instruction meeting for proctors prior to testing. A follow-up meeting may be needed prior to testing on Saturday.

  1. Monitor the competition day test activities. Confirm the correct number of tests have been returned from each test room using the Test Room Log prior to sending the answer sheets to scoring. Confirm any missing or blank answers sheets at this time also.

  1. After competition insure that all test rooms are clean and returned to their original layouts. Collect all testing materials and either secure tests for later distruction or return them to the regional coordinator.

  1. Send appropriate thank-you notes.


The Academic Decathlon® Calculator Policy for Curriculum Year 2014-2015*

*This policy applies for the Academic Decathlon® National Competition. Please contact your state director regarding the calculator policy that will apply at your local, regional, and state competitions.

The Academic Decathlon® Calculator Policy 2014-2015

The Academic Decathlon® has always endeavored to reflect current high school curriculum and instruction in our competitions. Recent surveys of calculator use in high schools nationwide indicate that calculators are now used in the vast majority of high school mathematics courses across the country, and our decision to allow calculators is consistent with this practice in math instruction.

After reviewing the policies of the major testing institutions and consulting state directors, the Academic Decathlon® has adapted MOST of the American College Testing (ACT) and College Board (SAT program) guidelines for calculator use as stated below.

I. Competitors May Use Calculators for the Mathematics Test

If competitors wish to use calculators on the Academic Decathlon® Mathematics Test, they are responsible for bringing them to the test. Calculators will not be provided for students who do not bring their own. Calculator use is permitted only for Mathematics; competitors will not be allowed to use calculators on any other test.

II. Permissible Calculators

If a competitor wishes to use a calculator, it can be a basic, four-function, scientific, or graphing calculator, provided it has none of the features listed in Section III below.

Calculator models with alphanumeric keys (such as the TI-Nspire and TI-84 plus) are acceptable.

During the mathematics test, competitors are not permitted to refer to information that was stored in their graphing calculator memory prior to the test. Students wishing to utilize their graphing calculator’s memory function during the mathematics test will be required to have the memory erased prior to entering the testing room and at the completion of the mathematics test.

III. Prohibited Calculators

Calculators with any of the following features are NOT allowed in the Academic Decathlon® competitions:

 pocket organizers

hand-held or laptop computers

 electronic writing pads or pen-input devices

 models with QWERTY (keyboard-like) keypad, e.g. TI-92 or HP-95

 models with paper tape

 models that make noise

 models that can engage in wireless communication (transfer data or information with other calculators)

 models that require a power cord

 models with CAS (computer algebra systems), e.g. TI-89
Because companies are continuously introducing new products, it would be impossible for the Academic Decathlon® to maintain an up-to-date list of specific model numbers that possess these features. If a competitor is uncertain whether a particular calculator will be allowed, the student should bring a backup that does not possess any of the features in question. No backup calculator will be provided for any competitor whose calculator is disallowed.

IV. Competing without a Calculator

Competitors may opt to take the Mathematics Test without a calculator, however, the Academic Decathlon® is suggesting competitors use a basic, scientific, or graphing calculator for solving the mathematics test items.

V. Calculator Failure During a Test

If a competitor’s calculator stops working during a test, the student should continue taking the test without a calculator. No additional calculator will be provided, and the competitor will not be allowed to take the test again later. However, as noted in Section III above, a competitor may bring a backup calculator and/or spare batteries to the test.


FRIDAY/SATURDAY Set Up of Testrooms

Teams 01-30

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