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Olympiad Testing Tactics

Testing Tactics Getting the correct answer, even when you know nothing, is one of the defining skills of the academic champion. The rest of this book is about developing your knowledge. This chapter is about what to do when things go wrong. You’ll encounter questions you can’t answer throughout the rest of the book. Treat them as practice. While knowing …

Before the International Biology Olympiad (IBO) 2017

This year the International Biology Olympiad (IBO) will begin on Sunday 23rd July at the University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom. For Practical exams, HERE you can find a list of useful techniques for the olympiad. Check if you know all of them and if not, Google  it and familiarize with them. The Official IBO guide can be found HERE. Also check …

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DISSECTING A FLOWER

The floral diagram is always drawn circular in outline. The different floral whorls are represented in concentric circles, the sepals on the outermost circle, then the petals, the stamens and carpels towards the inner side. The first step to draw a floral diagram is to examine mature floral buds which are due to open shortly but have not yet opened. …

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Practical skills for biology olympiads

Laboratory skills are key for any biology olympiad. Here you will find a list of techniques that are essential to know for biology olympiad, especially for the International Biology Olympiad (IBO).    

23nd annual University of Toronto National Biology Competition

  The 23rd annual University of Toronto National Biology Competition was held at participating schools on Thursday, April 27, 2017. There were 4,567 eligible contestants, from 343 schools: 3,317 contestants from 263 schools within in Canada and 1,250 international contestants from 80 schools outside of Canada. Over 120,000 high school students have participated in the competition since 1995.     …

International Biology Olympiad (IBO) past papers

Here you will find the past papers from the International Biology Olympiad.   IBO 2000 Theory part A_CCL IBO 2000 Theory part B_CCL   IBO 2001 Theory part A_CCL IBO 2001 Theory part B_CCL   IBO 2002 Theory part A_CCL IBO 2002 Theory part B_CCL IBO 2002 Theory Part A Answers IBO 2002 Theory Part B Answers   IBO 2003 …

USABO Semifinal Exam Past Papers

Here you will find USABO semifinal exam past papers.   USABO Semifinal exam 2003 USABO Semifinal exam 2003 Answer Key USABO Semifinal exam 2004 USABO Semifinal exam 2004 Answer Key USABO Semifinal exam 2005 USABO Semifinal exam 2005 Answer Key USABO Semifinal exam 2006 USABO Semifinal exam 2006 Answer Key USABO Semifinal exam 2007 USABO Semifinal exam 2007 Answer Key …

USABO Open exam 2014-2016 statistics

Hello everyone,   This week is a busy week for those taking USABO. To help you relieve stress, have a look at some statistics from USABO Open exams 2014, 2015, and 2016. In 2014, 7766 students in total registered to the USABO contest in the U.S. 6194 took the test. The highest score is 43.75 (out of 50), and the …

Last minute top TIPS before biology olympiad 2017

  Hello everyone,   Every January and February all students are relentlessly trying to study for an upcoming biology olympiad. No matter where you are in the world, all feel (and I felt) the same as you. Today is more than 6 years since I sat my first biology olympiad and I clearly remember how nervous I was since my …

University of Toronto Biology Olympiad

General Information 2017 Competition Date Thursday, April 27 Registration Deadline Opens Monday, January 23 Closes Friday, March 3 Cost $7 per student Teachers write for free (extra exam is provided). There is a minimum registration of 3 students within Canada & USA, and 10 students internationally. Time The exam is 75 minutes in length and must begin between the hours of 1:00 …

Khan Academy

Khan Academy has amazing videos for biology. Check them out here. Supplement your reading my watching these short videos. Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. We tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. Our math missions …

Porifers and Cnidarians

Hi, In this post you will find a good study guide on Porifers and Cnidarians.

How to succeed in the IBO? Success story 6.

On his second read-through of Campbell and Reece’s Biology, 18-year-old Jason Wu wrote the words he didn’t know into his spiral-bound notebook. By the fifth read-through, he had narrowed his focus to key charts and figures, and by the time he packed the 1,312-page tome into his Argentina-bound suitcase in July, the recent St. Louis, Mo., high school graduate pretty …

What does it mean to take part in the IBO? Story 5.

  Rebecca Shi is a freshman at MIT, where she hopes to major in biology or biological engineering. She fences foil on the fencing team, and enjoys birdwatching and playing board games in her spare time. When I started high school, I found not just a new maze of hallways and a range of new classes, but also an exciting array …

What does it mean to take part in the IBO? Story 4.

An interview with Jorge Tarancón who won a bronze medal in the IBO 2016. Who are you? Where are you from? I‘m Jorge Tarancón from Spain, concretelly a small village (Pamplona) near France. I‘ve just finished high school and i passed in june the university exam in order to enter at university, so in september i will start studying Biotechnology in …

What does it mean to participate in the IBO? Story 3.

Lei Sun went to IBO 2006 in Argentina from Sweden and won a silver. Below she shares her story. I went to Argentina in 2006. The overall arrangement was so bad that it was still brought up many years later. Then again one can say it set a good example of cautionary tale so it’s unlikely to be as bad …

What does it mean to participate in the IBO? Story 2.

Kay Aull was a participant in the IBO 2003 and 2004. He shares his experience below. I was in the IBO twice representing the USA, in 2003 (Belarus) and 2004 (Australia). I won silver the first time and gold the second. Belarus was…surreal. I was half-convinced I’d fallen asleep on my Campbell and was dreaming the whole thing. Australia was …

What does it mean to participate in the IBO? Story 1.

Jelle Zijlstra, won bronze in 2008 and silver in 2009 IBO. He shares his experience in the IBO below. I was in the IBO twice representing the Netherlands, in 2008 (Mumbai, India) and 2009 (Tsukuba, Japan). I won bronze the first time and silver the second. I had a great time at both Olympiads, but the experience was very different. …

Basic Skills for the Practical Part of the IBO

The official website of the International Biology Olympiad (IBO) released an updated guide to the IBO. You can access it here. The IBO practical examination should concentrate on the evaluation of competitors for their ability to solve given biological problems using the following skills. In the IBO tasks the names of organisms will be the national names (no description) together …