Round 1 2018

  1. Notice-board for emergencies during the test week
  2. Dates
  3. Test material
  4. Local arrangements
  5. Advanced entries
  6. Advanced results
  7. National thresholds for Gold, Silver and Bronze at each level, and some statistics
  8. Archive of messages to teachers

For ongoing information:





Dates for 2018

  • December 10, 2017: start of period for notifying Advanced numbers (not names) on the portal.
  • Mon Jan 29: end of period for notifying Advanced numbers.
  • Thurs Feb 1: test material released on the portal for all levels (see below).
  • Feb 5-9: test week for round 1
  • Fri Feb 9 (end): deadline for scanning and uploading Advanced scripts.
  • Feb 10: solutions for non-Advanced problems released via the portal.
  • Mon Feb 26: results announced for the Advanced competition.
  • March 12: deadline for entering non-Advanced results in the portal.
  • April 1: All-clear for releasing publicly all the test material, for all levels including Advanced, and including solutions and marking schemes.

Test material: all the material you need for the test (apart from coloured pens – highly recommended!), including certificate templates, will be available for download from the portal at 5.00 pm. You’ll receive an email confirming that the material is ready. (See above for the date.)

Round 1:   You can arrange your competition at any time during this week, but you must make sure you have time:

  • to scan the Advanced scripts in time to send them to us by the end of Friday evening.
  • to print the test papers (at all levels) after they are released.
  • to send us your results for the Foundation and Intermediate tests that you marked by the deadline (see above).

For levels other than Advanced, you’re welcome to make whatever arrangements you like for the competition, including:

  • allowing pupils to work in small teams.
  • splitting a paper into separate problems to be tackled at different times, e.g. in timetabled classes.
  • making up your own ad hoc paper by combining problems to taste, or even by just selecting one or two problems. (Our results-reporting system will allow you to enter results for individual problems, so it won’t worry if they don’t fit a standard paper.)

Advanced entries: If you’re expecting to enter candidates for the Advanced competition,

  • please notify us of your numbers (not names) as instructed, so that we can assign you a marker. The portal won’t accept notifications before or after the dates given above. Late entries will not be accepted.
  • please arrange for your candidates to take the test under the conditions that you would provide for any public exam such as GCSE – i.e. a quiet room with an invigilator and no communication between candidates (or access to mobile phones or computers!).
  • please allow 2.5 hours for the test.

Further details. For further information about the arrangements for Round 1, see archived email messages.

Results of the Advanced competition:

  • These will be announced on the date given above.

National thresholds for Gold, Silver and Bronze certificates at all levels (e.g. at Advanced level any score of … or higher, but below …, earns a Bronze); these thresholds are based on the total marks for each candidate calculated as a percentage of the maximum marks for the level concerned, so that the top 5% get Gold, the next 10% Silver and the next 20% Bronze.

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