International Biology Olympiad 2021

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IBO Exam Schedule 2021

Due to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic, the 32nd International Biology Olympiad in Lisbon/Portugal has been cancelled. A virtual subsequent event IBO 2021 Challenge is now scheduled from 18 July – 23 July 2021. Read the article below to know more about the IBO challenge 2021 exam schedule.

IBO 2021 Challenge Dates

The world’s largest International Biology Olympiad competition for secondary students takes place every year in a different country. The IBO 2021 Challenge will be held from July 18 – 23.

The following table shows the IBO 2021 Challenge exam agenda.

Day (July)Activities
Sunday, 18 July (16:00 CET)Opening Ceremony
Monday, 19 July (09:00 – Your Local Time)Practical Exam
Tuesday, 20 July(Video Competition final voting)
Wednesday, 21 July (09:00 – Your Local Time)Theoretical Exams
Thursday, 22 July ( All day)Students Interaction With Former Olympics (Guides)
Friday, 23 July (16:00 CET)Medals and Video Winners Announcement 
Closing Ceremony

Note: Although the ceremonies are scheduled to start at (16:00 CET), this will not occur live by streaming. Performance and speeches will be recorded on video and will be available on the official website for everyone to attend anytime as per their convenience.FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q1. Who is Responsible for the Preparation of the IBO Competition?

Ans. The host country is responsible for the preparation of the IBO competition and will provide examination papers, solutions, and criteria for the evaluation of papers. The IBO examination materials will be valid only when approved by the International jury. 

Q2. What is the Main Language of the IBO Competition?

Ans. The main language of the IBO competition is English. However, competitors have an opportunity to receive all the tasks translated into their native language.

Q3. Will Students Need a Computer and Internet Connection for Attempting Both the IBO Theoretical and Practical Exam?

Ans. Yes, candidates need both a computer and internet connection for attempting both the IBO theoretical and practical exam. Further instruction on how to perform and monitor the exam will be given in  May 2021.

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