Miss America Scoring System
There are four areas of competition in the Miss America Organization. This section will review each phase of competition and explain the judging criteria.
The same panel of five judges will score each area of competition. Each candidate is scored individually, not comparatively and is scored immediately after she completes each phase of competition. The Olympic Scoring System is used. Scores are 1-10, whole numbers only. The high and low scores are dropped. The remaining scores are combined and percentages figured. The total score for each candidate determines the result of the competition. In the event of a tie the interview score will be used to break the tie.
A note on wardrobe selection in all phases of competition… always choose something that compliments your personality. You are judged on the total look and overall first impression; not the outfit itself or price of the outfit. Choose a style, color, and fit, that is becoming to you.
In all phases of competition the judges are instructed to evaluate contestants by asking these question:
Does this contestant possess the qualities and attributes of Miss America?
Can she do the job?
Will she be difficult to manage once she has the job?