What are the test problems like?

Summer 2018: the problems distributed at the British Academy Summer Showcase:


A great many questions from previous linguistics olympiads, plus some specially-constructed ones, are available below.

  1. A benchmark set of problems taken from past competitions, which we aim to match in terms of difficulty in future competitions.
    1. database listing the problems and showing their relative difficulty (revised Nov 26 2014).
    2. zipped file containing pdfs of all the problems.
  2. All the UKLO test problems since 2010, listed individually and graded for difficulty. All include answers and some include explanations.
  3. Over 1,000 past problems  from the North-American (NACLO) website. (Log in as ‘guest’ > ‘guest’.)
  4. The UKLO test papers and problems from:
  5. Breakthrough Workout –  a collection of very easy problems (suitable for Breakthrough level) plus their answers.
    1. Seasonal puzzles for Christmas
  6. Your problems – a collection of problems created by previous UKLO champions.
  7. the past puzzles on the AILO (Irish) website.
  8. a large collection of problems, of different levels of difficulty, on the NACLO (North American) site.
  9. Two books of puzzles in English, complete with solutions and (in some cases) explanations: Dragomir Radev, Puzzles in Logic, Languages and Computation (Springer, 2013). The hardback or e-book edition costs about £30 each (no paperback version available at present); the volumes contain 50+ puzzles each, and the puzzles are classified for difficulty.
  10. the very difficult problems for the International Linguistics Olympiad. (Click Problems.)

A Powerpoint show for Training

This can be found here.


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