How are debates adjudicated?

How are debates adjudicated?

There are three adjudicators at each debate, one chief and two assistants. They mark students according to the Concern Debates marking sheet.

After the open forum session, the chief adjudicator will give some feedback on the debate, going over various parts of the marking sheet and offering advice for future debates. He or she will then announce that the motion has been carried (won by the proposition) or defeated (won by the opposition).

Points are awarded as follows:

  • Three points for a unanimous win (all three adjudicators agreed)
  • Two points for a majority win (just two agreed)
  • 1.5 points each for a draw (both teams were equally as good)
  • One point for a majority loss (if you lose by a majority)


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