FAQ – Applications Olympiad

 

1.
How much does it cost?
2.
May primary school students participate?
3.
Which applications may we use?
4.
Who may participate?
5.
To whom do we give certificates?
6.
Can someone win two certificates?
7.
Will it be difficult to mark?
8.
Are there any extra certificates available?
9.
When, on the given date, must we write the First Round paper?
10.
Do all participants have to write at the same time?
11.
What is the duration of the Applications First Round?
12.
What happens if we do not receive the papers in time?
13.
Must we photocopy the papers ourselves?
14.
Do you have past question papers available?
15.
May we enter the Applications Olympiad without taking part in the Talent Search?
16.
Who sets the questions?
17.
May I bring a calculator into the exam room?
18.
May we do only the Applications Olympiad?
19.
Do scores in one competition affect the other competitions?
20.
May schools in neighbouring countries take part?
21.
May schools in distant countries take part?
22.
Will learners from neighbouring countries be invited to the finals?
23.
What format does the competition take?
24.
May a school write on a different date?

Answers:

1.
How much does it cost?
It is free. Irrespective of the number of entries or the status of the school, participation in the Applications Olympiad is free.
2.
May primary school students participate?
Yes, but the Computer Olympiad is designed for high school learners.
3.
Which applications may we use?
Microsoft Office, Open Office, Libre Office and similar.
4.
Who may participate?
Anyone, who in the opinion of the school, should take part.
5.
To whom do we give certificates?
1st in each Grade (Grades 8 through 12).
1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the school (irrespective of Grade).
6.
Can someone win two certificates?
Yes. At least one learner will receive both “First in Grade” and “First in School” certificates.
7.
Will it be difficult to mark?
The whole set-up has been designed to make it as easy for the teacher as possible. The learners answer sheet matches the marking key, and all the teacher has to do is to go down the column – tick ,tick ,tick. It is that easy.
8.
Are any extra certificates available?
Yes, on request, but only for first, second and third place.
9.
When, on the given date, must we write the First Round paper?
Any time that suits the school.
10.
Do all participants have to write at the same time?
No. If you would like learners to be considered for the Finals or Provincial Certificates, they have to write on the official Olympiad date, but they could write in two or more groups at any time during the day. If you are using the Olympiad internally only (no one for the Finals, no one for Provincial Certificates) you may write any time during the week after the official date and have as many groups as you like.
11.
What is the duration of the Applications First Round?
One hour.
12.
What happens if the school does not receive the papers in time?
The paper will be faxed or e-mailed to the teacher. The participants may write later.
13.
Must we photocopy the papers ourselves?
Yes.
14.
Do you have past question papers available?
Yes. See the “Past Papers” section on this website.
15.
May we enter the Applications Olympiad without taking part in the Talent Search?
Yes.
16.
Who sets the questions?
Most questions are set by the following:
• Past Olympiad participants, especially past winners
• Past members of the South African IOI team
• University of Cape Town staff, students and graduates
• Experienced Educators, including the Computer Olympiad office staff
17.
May I bring a calculator into the exam room?
Yes for a simple calculator. No if it is a programmable device. A calculator will be of limited use, however, because most questions involve reasoning and minimal calculation.
18.
May we do only the Applications Olympiad?
The Computer Olympiad Office runs the Talent search, the Applications Olympiad and the Programming Olympiad. Schools may enter one, two or all three of the competitions. The school decides how many and which learners take part in each of the competitions.
19.
Do scores in one competition affect the other competitions?
The three competitions are independent.  Schools can enter any one, any two or all three as they wish.  Results in the one competition do not affect the other competitions as far as we are concerned.  Some schools use the Talent Search to select learners for the Applications Olympiad or Programming Olympiad, but that is their choice.  There is no obligation to do so.
20.
May schools in neighbouring countries take part?
Yes, they receive the same packs with certificates etc, as South African schools.
21
May schools in distant countries take part?
Yes, we regularly have participants from overseas, especially India. They receive all the documentation electronically.
22.  Will learners from neighbouring countries be invited to the Finals?
On at least two occasions in the past, a learner from Namibia did so well in the Programming Olympiad that we invited him to the Finals.  However, such occasions are rare, and are not covered by our sponsors.  The learners concerned had to find their own funding to cover international flights.
23.
What format does the competition take?
The First Rounds of the three competitions have the same format.  The Olympiad office sends the documentation packs to schools; the teacher conducts the competition and awards certificates.
24.
May a school write on a different date?
No school may write before the official date.  If a school cannot write on the official date, they may write on the first suitable date after that. However, only learners who wrote on the correct date are eligible for selection for the Finals.

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