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Each challenge posted in Component Design, Architecture, Conceptualization, Specification, Content Creation, and Test Scenarios will carry a point value. Placement points will be awarded based on the number of submissions that pass review, as follows:

Percentage of Placement Points
  # of Submissions that Pass Review
Place 1 2 3 4 5
1st 100% 70% 65% 60% 56%
2nd   30% 25% 22% 20%
3rd     10% 10% 10%
4th       8% 8%
5th         6%

If more than five (5) submissions pass review, the competitors who place in 6th position or below will not receive any placement points.

Up to 100% of placement points may be deducted for bugs or late final fixes. 20% of a placement point will be deducted for every (24) hours a final fix or component forum issue is late. On a case-by-case basis, as determined by TopCoder staff, additional placement points may be deducted for bugs found in components within 30 days of completion.