Paper Structure


PRELIMINARY ROUND 22/02/2020

The tests for the preliminary round of the Olympiad will consist of three parts: a test of reading comprehension (multiple choice questions), a test of listening comprehension and a Use of English test.

There is only one correct answer to every question. There are no negative marks. Ranking is based on the average number of marks achieved on all three tests.

 

TEST DURATION PER CATEGORY

SEMI-FINAL ROUND 28/03/2020

After the preliminary round tests have been marked, the top 10% of participating students from each participating zone will be invited to the semi-final round. The list of semi-finalists will be expanded to include all the students whose number of points is the same as the number of points of the last students in the first 10%. The list of finalists will be published on the Olympiad website on 20th April 2020.

 

The exam level for the semi-final round will be one CEFR level higher than the one in the preliminary round. The tests for the semi-final round of the Olympiad will consist of: a reading test, a writing test (30 questions) and an essay (except for Little Hippo).

The writing test will consist of a free-writing task (100 – 200 words depending on the category) and 30 questions. The essay will be assessed only in case two or more candidates have the scores on both the reading and the writing test.

There is only one correct answer to every question. There are no negative marks. Ranking is based on the average number of marks achieved on both the reading and the writing test.

 

TEST DURATION PER CATEGORY

FINAL ROUND 15-17/05/2020 – VENICE, ITALY

In the final round of the Olympiad, the candidates will be taking a Gatehouse Awards exam, all 4 skills included. The test samples / past papers are available on http://www.hippo-olympiad.org.

The exam level for the final round will be one CEFR level higher than the one in the preliminary round that is the same as the semi-final round test.

 

The final round of the Olympiad will be held in Lido di Jesolo, Italy, from 15th to 17th May 2020. All candidates need to be accompanied by their English language teacher, or an English language teacher from their school. Parents who wish to accompany their children, need to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements as the hotels where the students are accommodated are booked exclusively for the Olympiad participants.

Three-day half-board accommodation will be provided for all the candidates and their teachers free of charge.

The programme of the final round will be available on http://www.hippo-olympiad.org one week before the final round at the latest and will include the Olympiad final round schedule as well as sightseeing options.

Finalists will be contacted and helped with organising their travel.