Here's the message I promised ten days ago, with instructions for downloading
the test material. I'm deliberately putting that information at the end of the
message because I have a few other items of business to deal with.
- Foundation scripts for
trial marking. I need 10-20 Foundation scripts on Monday (4th
Feb) so that I can check the marking scheme that I'll be releasing on
Friday. If you can scan the scripts and send them to me, I'll do the
marking for you and send you the marks within days; and your colleagues
will benefit from a better marking scheme. Please tell me as soon as
possible if you can help.
- How to encourage student
uptake? If your students are hard to get into the Olympiad, and you
want to share ideas with others in the same boat, do join the discussion
(Run down to the comments at the foot of the page.)
- Getting your
marker. We mark all entries at Advanced level, so we will assign
you a marker who can deal with whatever numbers you have notified with
Martin Edwardes. You should receive an email message from Martin or
Jessica this weekend containing the contact details for your marker, so if
you have not received those details by Monday, please contact Jessica at firstname.lastname@example.org, or me.
- Last minute changes in
your numbers. If the numbers who turn up for the test are different
from the numbers you notified to us, we only need to know about the
changes if (a) they involve Advanced candidates and (b) the difference is
greater than 5.
- What next? On 25
March, we will announce the 16 winners selected for Round 2 and return Advanced spreadsheets (and your scripts if you supply a
stamped addressed envelope). We will produce downloadable certificates of
participation at Foundation and Intermediate levels soon after the
competition, but by 15 March we will also send schools printed and
personalized certificates for all Advanced
candidates, including Gold, Silver and Bronze awards.
- The spreadsheet for
names and marks. The downloadable material (see below) includes a
spreadsheet called xxx_marks_A_2013.xls (which covers the entire range of
questions across all levels). This is for you to enter your students'
names, genders and NC years, and (in the case of Foundation and
Intermediate entries) their eventual scores. Be careful with the names,
because what you write is what we shall use in preparing any certificates
that we distribute. Use the spreadsheet as follows (this information will
be repeated on the website where you download it):
- make a copy for any
Foundation or Intermediate entries
each file, replacing xxx by your school's postcode and changing _A_ to
_FM_ as appropriate.
in your school's name and postcode (just once - it will automatically
copy across the spreadsheet).
the list of names etc for Advanced candidates and send it to your marker.
(Careful - see above!)
all the information, including your scores, for Foundation and
Intermediate candidates and (please) send Martin a copy.
- Technical point: the
first four columns are 'frozen', which means that if you scroll to the
right, they stay on the screen but the next few columns disappear. Don't
worry if that happens - just scroll back and the missing columns will
- Running the test. We
have just three requests:
- Treat the Advanced
test like any serious examination where students work as individuals
without access to support such as the internet. You can run the
Foundation and Intermediate tests as you want - the main aim at those
levels is student enjoyment.
- Treat all the question
papers as confidential until we publish them (in late March),
because other countries are using the same tests. Do not let
competitors take the question papers away.
- Allow 2.5 hours for
the Advanced test. We recommend two hours for
the other levels, but again this is up to you.
- Provide some extra
paper for rough working, and recommend students to bring coloured a set
of pens/pencils - very useful!
- Arabic or Shavian? You'll
see that question 4 has two different versions: 4a for Arabic,
and 4b for Shavian. Shavian is intended as an alternative for students who
already know Arabic script. This question is not part of the Advanced paper, so we're happy to leave you to decide
whether, and how, to use Shavian. You may even decide your competitors
should try both.
- Downloading the test
material. Thanks for reading this far; now here's the information
you're really waiting for: To download the spreadsheet template and the
test material, go to http://www.uklo.org/?page_id=1765
and enter the password which you will receive in a separate email message.
- Good luck!! Don't hesitate
to contact Martin or me if something is unclear or if you hit a problem.
Best wishes, Richard
Richard Hudson (dickhudson.com)