evalforum Notices Character Limit – Middle/Senior Booklets

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    RobynB
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    When we started developing the online booklet we originally had a character limit of 800 on the Challenges and Solutions. This looked like a lot, so we did a check on some typed Middle/Senior booklets that we had and found that none of them had gone over 750 in their solutions so we limited it to 750. We have had several requests from teams to extend that limit. Personally I feel that one of the skills in FPS is to learn to express yourself concisely and that when teams write too much they confuse their thinking and it also reads like a plan of action. If you are a student, or if you are evaluating Middles and Seniors, please let us know what you think.

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    EmilyB
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    It is definitely useful to have a limit of some sort because, as you said, concision is a valuable skill, however I think that a word count instead of a character count would be more effective, this is the way most written school work is limited and, to me, makes more sense. The words associated with some ideas and, even to an extent some age groups, just do have more letters and I think it is more useful to eliminate unnecessary words than a good vocabulary 🙂

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    RobynB
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    It’s almost impossible to have a word count given the varying length of words, but I take your point. We have reset it to 900 characters for Problem 2. I don’t think they need that much, but so many people have asked so we had to do it.

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    EmilyB
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    That’s a good compromise 🙂 if you did want to implement a word count for future problems here is an example of one way this could be done: https://jsfiddle.net/7DT5z/9/

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    RobynB
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    Thanks for that. We’ll see how the character limit works out. We have to balance the hand-written booklets and the typed ones. I think this will be what’s needed. We’ve checked the characters on some of the scanned booklets and none have gone over 900. If teams are writing that much there’s a good chance they’ve written far too much anyway. The original check that we did was on booklets that have been national finalists, so obviously top booklets and none of them were over 700 which is why we made that the limit originally.

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    HamishL
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    When teams get it right and have a verbose solution that is actively solving the UP and is amazingly creative then the limit is a bad thing. Unfortunately they are the exception and bit like a unicorn. None of my seniors hit the limit and they managed to say all they needed to.

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