As usual, there will be two rounds of competition in the UK and then the team we select will represent the UK at the International competition in Slovenia, probably late July 2012.
- Round 1 will be taken in schools any time in the week commencing 6th Feb 2012
- students can be entered at foundation, intermediate or advanced level
- Round 2 will be held at York university on 23-25 March
Although the three test papers are at different levels of difficulty overall, they all share some questions so that pupils get a taste of other levels. There are nine questions in all. Any pupils may be entered for any level regardless of age, but we give indicative age-levels in terms of National-Curriculum years.
The foundation level (questions 1-5) is aimed at Years 7-8, and is marked by teachers in schools using a detailed marking scheme provided by us. Students often work at this level in teams. It is up to individual schools how long to allow pupils to do this paper but we suggest approximately two hours. UKLO provides a template for participation certificates which schools may personalise and print.
The intermediate level (questions 3-7) is aimed at Years 9-11, and again is marked by teachers in schools, using a detailed marking scheme provided by us. Students may work at this level in teams. It is up to individual schools how long to allow pupils to do this paper but we suggest approximately two hours. UKLO provides a template for participation certificates which schools may personalise and print.
The advanced level (questions 5-9) is the paper that allows students to be considered for round 2 and the international competition. This paper will be marked by the UKLO team and UKLO will print and distribute not only certificates of participation, but also Gold, Silver and Bronze award certificates. This paper is scheduled to take two and a half hours, and pupils must take it individually to be considered for round 2.
Click here for a timetable of dates for Round 1.
Click here for the results of Rounds 1 and 2 and the IOL, and some photos.
And here for a list of the schools registered for the Advanced level
And here for a list of the schools who reported results for the Foundation and Intermediate levels
And here for a statistical analysis of the Round 1 results.
And here for a map showing the geographical distribution of registered schools (the last map we’ll produce, because we’re now covering almost the entire country)
Click here for a list of markers and markathons in 2012.
Click here (password protected!) for a printable template for Round 1 Foundation and Intermediate participation certificates.