This page is for school students who are competing, or want to compete, in the UK Linguistics Olympiad (UKLO). Please feel free to use the comments box. If you want more information about how UKLO works in general, or about this year’s competition season (round 1, round 2 and IOL), visit the site for teachers here.


What to do

Suppose you’ve heard about UKLO, but you haven’t yet taken part. Here’s what to do:

  1. Find out whether your school is already registered with UKLO by checking the list here.
  2. If it is registered, then one of the teachers must be registered as our contact person. Try to find out who that teacher is by inquiring among teachers; but if that fails, ask UKLO.
  3. If your school is not registered, read this page.

How to prepare

To prepare for Round 1, explore the collection of past problems.

  • Start with the easy ‘Breakthrough Workout’ practice problems at #4.
  • Then work through some of the problems used in past olympiads at #2, which get harder as you further down the list.
  • Use these problems to decide which level to enter at, then look at some of the past papers at that level which you’ll find at #3.
  • If you’re ambitious, enter for the Advanced level and have a look at the suggestions for preparing for Round 2!
  • If you want to be impressed, have a look at the problems created by past UKLO champions.

If you’re selected for Round 2, check here for practical details about what to expect, and find out something about linguistics.Here are some suggestions:

And if you’re really serious about the international competition, try

 And if you’re interested in linguistics …


3 Responses to Competitors

  1. Alicia says:

    Hi, I was just wondering, what is generally the score you need to progress to round 2? And what percentage of people usually get to round 2?

  2. Hello Alicia. It’s very simple: we choose the top 16 competitors from the Advanced competition. So the score and percentage vary from year to year depending on how many competitors there are and how we score.


  3. Bukutu says:

    I am only practising from this site, and I would like to know if the 3 categories (Foundation, Intermediate, Advanced) could be classified on school grades.
    Thank you