Arrangements for 2017

Please check the general arrangements page for information that doesn’t change from year to year. The information below is just for 2017.

  1. Round 1 (February 6-10 2017)
    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 statistics
    8. Numbers for Round 1 problems
    9. National thresholds for Gold, Silver and Bronze at each level
  2. Round 2 (March 31 – April 2 2017)
  3. International Linguistics Olympiad (July 31 – August 4 2017)
  4. Archive of messages from UKLO to teachers and markers

Round 1

See the separate page for last-minute announcements, emergencies and work-arounds.

Dates for 2017

  • Jan 1: start of period for notifying Advanced numbers (not names) on the portal.
  • Jan 30: end of period for notifying Advanced numbers.
  • Feb 2: test material released on the portal for all levels (see below).
  • Feb 6-10: test week for round 1
  • Feb 10 (end): deadline for scanning and uploading Advanced scripts.
  • Feb 11: solutions for non-Advanced problems released via the portal.
  • Feb 27: results announced for the Advanced test.
  • March 13: deadline for entering non-Advanced results in the portal.
  • (March 31-April 2: Round 2)
  • ?: All-clear for publishing all the test material, solutions and marking schemes via the website and within schools.

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 statistics for Round 1
  • Maximum points and marks for Round 1 problems, plus the formula for converting actual points to marks:
problem max points max marks formula
#1     m=(p/27)x5
#2     m=(p/25)x5
#3     m=(p/9)x5
#4     m=(p/25)x10
#5     m=(p/22)x15
#6     m=(p/49)x15
#7     m=(p/25)x20
#8     m=(p/23)x20
#9     m=(p/18)x25
#10     m=(p/20)x25
  • National thresholds for Gold, Silver and Bronze certificates at all levels (e.g. at Advanced level any score of 74.7 or higher, but below 83.3, 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.
  total entries gold silver bronze
Breakthrough  279  80.9%  71.6%  59.4%
Foundation  1329  84.2%  75.4% 66.1%
Intermediate  1124  79.9%  65.3%  52.3%
Advanced  1545  72% 62.3% 48%

International Linguistics Olympiad

Place: Dublin

Date: Mon 31 July to Fri 4 August






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