List in Create task requirement and data

Can students use the created data lists for their create task? Or does the create task require them to create their own list? I am wondering since the students must submit code The first program code segment must show how data have been stored in the list.
Could they submit the code with the var and the getcolumns from the data? Is that acceptable? Or do they need to show how they create another list?

I don’t think it matters how the list is being populated.