What’s new in the 2018 USABO?

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Welcome to the 2018 USABO competition! The 2018 changes reflect the continued development and recognition of USABO where students who are passionate about biology find like-minded colleagues in the USA and abroad. USABO Registration Site Registriation fee has increased from $80 to $95. Please note this and be sure to notify you Financial Officer of this increase. CEE continues to …

Recommended chapters from key textbooks for the biology olympiad

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Vander et al.: Human Physiology: The Mechanism of Body Function, Eighth Edition 3 Cell Structure 7 Homeostatic Mechanisms and Cellular Communication 8 Neural Control Mechanisms 9 The Sensory Systems 10 Principles of Hormonal Control Systems 11 Muscle 12 Control of Body Movement 14 Circulation 15 Respiration 16 The Kidneys and Regulation of Water and Inorganic Ions 17 The Digestion and …

Study Schedule

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A useful study schedule to guide you through the books. It includes the reading guide for these books: Campbell BiologyCampbell BiologyRaven’s Biology of PlantsBrooker’s GenteticsSherwood Human PhysiologyBiochemistry by Richard HarveyIntegrated Principles of Zoology, 11th Edition, Hickman et al. Vander’s Human Biology Biology Olympiad Study Schedule

Olympiad Testing Tactics

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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 …

DISSECTING A FLOWER

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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. …

Practical skills for biology olympiads

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Laboratory skills are crucial for any biology olympiad, including USABO and IBO. Over the years of my own preparation and while tutoring others, I gathered this of techniques that are essential to know for the biology olympiad, especially for the International Biology Olympiad.   CELL BIOLOGY Use of a microtome to make slides, Cell Fractionation, Microscopy (measurement of objects), Immunostaining, Histology, Haemocytometer, Drawing of preparations, Maceration and …

USABO Open exam 2014-2016 statistics

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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 mean …

Freaked out about upcoming olympiad?

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January and February are the most important months for olympiad participants as during these months in many countries the first rounds of the biology olympiad take place. If you did not finish to read Campbell and if only several weeks are left before the biology olympiad, first BREATHE. Calm down and do not overdo too much in the last few …