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Test Integrity

The NC Science Olympiad Regional Directors, Event Leaders, and the State Office work together to create high-quality events for our regional tournaments across the State. As a result, test security is paramount in safeguarding fair competition. As a policy, NC Science Olympiad and our affiliates do not share tests unless authorized for release and posted FOR ALL on the NCSO website. Test security guarantees the following:

  • Team results are accurate and meaningful;
  • Maintaining confidentiality of tests;
  • Safeguarding the investment of resources, time, and effort of staff and volunteers;
  • Avoiding investigations, invalidations, or disciplinary actions ;
  • Upholding the responsibility to the public and stakeholders on the accuracy of scores

Any team (which includes its coaches, participants, parents, and volunteers) that seeks to gain any advantage by (1) requesting events from other regions, (2) volunteering at other regional tournaments that take place before the one the team is assigned, and (3) joining the test writing committee will be disqualified from participating in the program.