What is IBO?
The competition consists of a one-hour multiple choice paper to be taken online.
Questions are set on topics students are likely to have covered at GCSE and in their first year of A level. Some additional ideas will be introduced requiring their problem solving skills and understanding of core principals.
Key points about IBO
Stimulates students’ curiosity about the natural world.
Encourages students to take an interest in Biology outside of school.
Reference the participation in students' further/higher education applications.
Entry close date: 20 May 2023
Competition date and time:
18:00, 11 June 2023 (NZ time)
The competition is for NZ Year 11-12. It consists a one-hour multiple choice paper to be taken online.
Questions are set on topics students are likely to have covered at GCSE and in their first year of A level.
Some additional ideas will be introduced requiring their problem solving skills and understanding of core principals.
* Fees for the competition are $150 per student.
Name of Account: Pinnacle Education Group
Please make payment with the students 'full name + IBO ' as reference.
⚠️ Please note that any fees and payments made are non-refundable.
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Please note: If you registered after the deadline, the fees will be doubled.
PGA reserves the right to interpret all competition and course arrangements.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What are the eligibility requirements?
Year 11-12. The Intermediate Biology Olympiad is for students in their first year of post-16 education.
2. How can students access the competition?
The competition papers can be accessed online via the exam portal. All students must have access to an internet-connected device – such as a computer or laptop.
3. What will be assessed?
Most questions will ask students to use their biological intuition, logic and imagination to answer questions. There will be some quick-fire questions about basic knowledge. Students will be expected to apply basic principles which they are familiar with to new topics. Questions will aim to teach students about cutting-edge and topical biology.
4. How are students awarded?
E-certificates will be awarded to students in the following categories: Gold, Silver, Bronze, Highly Commended, Commended, and Participation. All participating students are also eligible to receive a free Royal Society of Biology BioNet membership for one year.
5. Formats of papers and invigilation?
The Intermediate Biology Olympiad is a sixty-minute multiple-choice paper. The paper is taken entirely online.