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Judging Criteria -- General Science Projects

Because the GPHSF is an experiment-based science fair, the first questions a judge must answer about each project determine its qualification as an experiment:

Were measurements made that allowed for comparisons?
Was something changed or varied between measurements?

If the answer to either question is no, the judge must enter a minimum score of 1 for criteria 2, 4, 6, and 8. So if you did not have a variable nor measure something, your project will score lower.

Next, the judges rate the following 12 criteria on a scale of 1 (needs improvement) to 5 (outstanding). Note that some criteria are weighted -- the score is doubled or tripled -- and so are more important. The highest possible score is 80.


  1. Quality of written report
  2. Student found an inventive way to answer the experiment question (10 pts.)
  3. Student made good use of available background information
  4. Student planned and executed experiment appropriately in obtaining results (15 pts.)
  5. Student recorded data in appropriate ways
  6. Student repeated observations and used controls
  7. Student adequately described observations and recognized important occurrences
  8. Student drew reasonable conclusions from the results (10 pts.)
  9. Quality of oral presentation & response to inquiries
  10. Quality of visual display
  11. Project represents student's own work to the extent appropriate for this age
  12. Degree of topic creativity for this age

Please note that no one (including you) will see the judges' scores for your project, except for the judges and the directors.

See the judging criteria for engineering & computer projects.

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Questions? Contact the GPHSF Director. Last modified: 20 January 2005