• Competition Testing


     

    USA Biology Olympiad and American Mathematics Competition


  •  USA Biology Olympiad

    • 2022 Information

      1. Wednesday November 16, 2022 - Student Registration Closes - Register Here

      2. Thursday February 2, 2022 - Open Exam ONLINE OR IN PERSON (TBD) - 4 PM

    • Center for Excellence in Education, USA Biology Olympiad (https://www.usabo-trc.org/)
      As the premiere biology competition for high school students in the United States, the USA Biolympiad (USABO) enriches the life science education of nearly 10,000 talented students annually. It provides the motivation, curricular resources, and skills training to take them beyond their classroom experience to the level of international competitiveness.
      Each student who is taking the exam must register for the current year's USABO. Once a student has registered, the student receives his/her own unique ID number that will allow him/her access to the resources on the Student Resource Center (SRC) after the registration fee is received for his/her school or Center. This unique student ID number MUST be used for all USABO exams.
      Eligibility Requirements

      • High school seniors are eligible provided that they have not enrolled formally in an undergraduate program at a college or university.

      • All interested students in grades 9 to 12 are eligible to participate in the USABO.

      • Students must be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents of the United States.

      • Home-schooled students are invited to participate in the USABO. Arrangements must be made before the close of registration through the USABO to participate in the exam at high schools within their local area. 

    Round 1: USABO Online Open Exam

    • Is a 50-minute, nationwide multiple-choice exam available to any high school biology student (grades 9 to 12) who is registered by a school or one of the select authorized USABO Centers.

    • Administered/proctored at a registered school or authorized USABO Center (classroom or location designated by the teacher/test administrator) within the online date and time period designated by the Center for Excellence in Education (CEE).

    • Structured with multiple choice questions with one response.

    • Has NO Penalty for guessing.

    Round 2: USABO Online Semifinal Exam

    • Is a 120-minute exam containing three parts:

      1. Part A is primarily multiple choice questions with one answer.

      2. Part B has more complex, sequenced multiple choice questions that may have several correct answers and may require calculations or extensive interpretation of graphs (see posted example). 

      3. Part C may be short answer or essay and multiple true/false choice questions. .

    • Administered at a registered school or authorized USABO Center (classroom or location designated by the teacher/test administrator) over a 120-minute period on the designated date and during the online time period identified by the Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) on the USABO Calendar.

    • Taken by students who score in the top 10% of the Open Exam.

    • Has NO Penalty for guessing. For Part B multiple choice questions with more than one answer, the question value will be the number of wrong responses subtracted from the number of right responses with no question value below zero.

    • Part C Multiple/True False Questions will be scored as follows: 4 correct responses = 1 point; 3 = .6; 2 = .2; and 1 or 0 = 0. Write your answer in the space provided.

     

    • Theoretical Exam Categories
      Each of the seven topics is covered in the four exams: Open, Semifinal, Nationals, and IBO:

      • Animal anatomy and physiology: 25%

      • Cell Biology: 20%

      • Genetics and Evolution: 20%

      • Plant anatomy and physiology: 15%

      • Ecology: 10%

      • Ethology: 5%

      • Biosystematics: 5%


  • American Mathematics Competitions 

    Test Date: Thursday November 10, 2022 (A Day)

    Test Time: 8:00AM at the Academies of Loudoun

    (Register HERE by NOVEMBER 1, 2022!!!)

    • ONLINE ADMINISTRATION: 

      1. AMC 10/12: Competitions must be administered no earlier than 8:00 AM and no later than 11:59 PM Eastern Standard time (GMT +5) on the official USA competition dates.

      2.  If participants are taking the AMC from home, competition managers must choose online administration for those participants. We are asking for parents or another responsible adult to serve as the AMC proctor.

    • As part of the registration process, there are fields asking for the proctor’s contact information (name, email address, phone number), which can be edited until the start of the competition. If there is any suspicion of cheating or unapproved resources, proctors will be contacted. Participants should be continuously monitored by the proctor.

    1. View Disqualification and Cheating policies here.

     

    • MAA American Mathematics Competitions
      The MAA’s American Mathematics Competitions (MAA AMC) program leads the nation in strengthening the mathematical capabilities of the next generation of problem-solvers. Through classroom resources and friendly competition, the MAA AMC program helps America’s educators identify talent and foster a love of mathematics. The MAA AMC program positively impacts the analytical skills needed for future careers in an innovative society.
      The American Mathematics Competitions are a series of examinations and curriculum materials that build problem-solving skills and mathematical knowledge in middle and high school students.

    • American Mathematics Competition 10/12 (AMC 10/12): AMC's high school level competition*

    • The AMC 10 and AMC 12 are both 25-question, 75-minute, multiple choice examinations in high school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills.

    • The AMC 10 is for students in 10th grade and below, and covers the high school curriculum up to 10th grade. Students in grade 10 or below and under 17.5 years of age on the day of the contest can take the AMC 10. The AMC 12 covers the entire high school curriculum, including trigonometry, advanced algebra, and advanced geometry, but excluding calculus. Students in grade 12 or below and under 19.5 years of age on the day of the contest can take the AMC 12.

    These competitions are administered country-wide. The AMC 10/12 provides an opportunity for high school students to develop positive attitudes towards analytical thinking and mathematics that can assist in future careers. The AMC 10/12 is the first in a series of competitions that eventually lead all the way to the International Mathematical Olympiad (see Invitational Competitions).