Some of your Questions:

Q. How many cadets can compete?

A team is comprised of four primary team members. Two alternates (optional) may compete in the online rounds but will not be allowed to travel to the Championship in Washington, DC should the team qualify. In the Academic competition, cadets may be freshmen, sophomores or juniors. In the Leadership competition, cadets may be sophomores or juniors. Seniors may not compete.

Q. Why can’t seniors participate?

One of the main goals of this program is to prepare students for college entrance exams (SAT and ACT). The competition will not conclude until late spring after most seniors have completed their high school exit and college entrance exams. Another program goal is to increase retention among 10th and 11th graders which would not include graduating seniors.

Q. I don’t want my seniors to miss out on a JROTC event. How can I get them involved?

Instructors may use seniors as “coaches” during the team’s preparation for the competition. Seniors may drill team members on language arts, math, science, JROTC curriculum, and current events. However, seniors are NOT allowed in the room during the actual testing.

Q. How do I register a team?

Team registration is open October 26 – November 20 at www.cofcontests.com. Prior to registering your team, confirm your school’s participation in the free and reduced lunch program (percentage of students in the school who receive free or reduced lunch). You may need to contact your front office staff to obtain this information.

  • Select a day and time during the competition window that works best for your team.
  • The instructor should logon to www.cofcontests.com and Sign In using his/her username and password.
  • Once on the Dashboard, click on Tests.
  • Follow directions on that page and begin the competition
  • Both Level I and II consist of approximately 75 questions and take approximately 1 hour to complete. This is a TEAM event – all cadets on the team (including alternates) should sit at one computer and answer questions as a team.
  • Once a team has begun the test, there is no ability to stop and start over. The competition must be completed in one sitting.

If your team advances to Level II (February 1-15), you will follow the same procedure, using the Instructor’s username and password.

Please be prepared to answer the following questions when registering:

High School Name, Address, Phone Number
Instructor Name, Email Address, Phone Number (office and cell)
Cadet Names, Grade, Gender, GPA, Email Address
High School Demographics – total number of students, number of students in the Free or Reduced Lunch Program, type of school (suburban, rural, private, public, etc.)

* Be prepared to create a unique username and password. If your team advances to Level II, you will use the same login information for the entire year.

How to Participate in Levels I and II (online)

  1. The instructor or team captain should logon to www.cofcontests.com.
  2. The instructor will Sign In using his/her login.
  3. Once on the Dashboard, click on Tests.
  4. Follow directions on that page and begin the competition.
  5. Level I and Level II consist of approximately 75 questions each and take approximately 1 hour to complete. Both Level I and Level II are TEAM events – all cadets on the team (including alternates) should sit at one computer and answer questions as a team.
  6. Once a team has logged in, there is no ability to stop and start over. The competition must be completed in one sitting.

If your team advances to Level II (February 1-15), you will follow the same procedure, using the Instructor’s Username and Password.

Keep your username and password to use for both Level I and Level II.

Q. Where can I find the SAT and ACT guides to study for the competition?

  • Register as a cadet or instructor
  • Sign in using your username and password
  • On the Dashboard, click on Resources

Q. What do I do if I have forgotten my account email address?

Please contact us using the contact form on cofcontests.com or call us at 888.576.8287.

Q. Is there a fee to participate in the online competition?

There is no fee to compete online in Level I and II.

Q. What are the testing dates?

  • Practice Test – October 1-25
  • Level I – November 1-20
  • Level II – February 1-15

Q. Do the cadets take the test individually or as a group?

The Level I and Level II tests are taken as a team around one computer. The four primary team members and two alternates (optional) take the test together. An instructor or proctor is the only other person allowed in the room during testing.

Q. Do I have to sign up for a test time?

No, the competition website (cofcontests.com) is live and available 24 hours/day during the testing window.

Q. Is there a deadline to participate?

Yes, all teams must complete Level I by November 20. We highly encourage all teams to take the test prior to the last day of competition.

Q. How long will the test take?

The test should take approximately one hour, but if you have not registered, you should allow extra time to login to the website and enter the required information. Once a team has logged in, there is no ability to stop and start over. The competition must be completed in one sitting.

Q. When I click on http://www.cofcontests.com, I cannot access the test. Why?

The tests are available online during the testing window. If it is outside the testing dates, you will not be able to access the tests.

Q. I can’t load the contest website. What should I do?

Check with your internet administrator at school. The school may have an internet security blocking system preventing you from accessing the website. Ask the administrator to adjust the security settings. Another suggestion is to restart the computer to make sure there are no other browsers open and nothing is running in the background.

Q. Our school computer will not allow access to the website, even after we’ve worked with the network administrator. What should I do?

Find another computer system to access the website. You may try the school library, local library or a home computer.

Q. How will we know our score?

At the end of each section the section score will be displayed; at the end of the test, all scores, including the final score, will be displayed.

Q. How will College Options Foundation know our score?

Scores will automatically be sent to the Foundation’s server.

Q. How will we know if we made it to Level II?

All teams will receive an email a few days after the conclusion of Level I. In addition, teams moving on to Level II will be listed on the Foundation’s website.

Q. How many teams will advance to Level II?

The teams scoring in the top 50% will move on to Level II. The number of teams competing in Level II will be half of the number of teams in Level I (but we won’t have the total number until after Level I is complete).

Q. Are all expenses covered for teams advancing to the final championship round in Washington, DC?

Yes, all travel, lodging, and meals are covered for the Army, Marine Corps, and Air Force JROTC teams. Incidental expenses (souvenirs, etc.) are not included.

Navy teams have a different agreement and pay separately. Specific instructions are provided for the Navy JROTC teams attending JLAB.

Q. What do we win if our team reaches the final championship round?

Congratulations! You (the team and one instructor/chaperone) will win an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC. In addition, all teams advancing to the final round will receive certificates of achievement and team plaques. Other prizes may be awarded.