ICPC Scoring system

This blog describes how the ICPC scoring system works. Teams are ranked by:

  • Score
    • Number of problems solved.
    • Higher is better.
  • Penalty
    • In case of tie, the penalty is considered.
    • Penalty is the sum of the times at which each problem was solved.
    • For each incorrect submission, a penalty of 20 minutes is added. Submissions with compile errors are not considered for penalty.
    • Note that only problems which are solved are considered for calculating the penalty.
    • Any extra submissions for a problem after it is solved are ignored.
    • Lower is better.
  • If a tie still remains, the time at which the last successful problem was solved is used. Lower is better.