National Biology Olympiad of Armenia
Official Letter of the Ministry of Education and Science is delivering to the teachers, students, schools via school principals..
The main organizer is the Ministry of Education and Science
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th grade students of secondary schools of the Republic of Armenia are involved.
There are 4 rounds, school, district, regional (marz), republican. Students of 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th grades are eligible to participate in competitions. Separate questions are proposed for each grade and round.
1st round is in December; 2nd round-in February; 3rd round- in March; 4th round- in April
Winners of regional round (usually about 100 students) participate in the final (republican) round. Every year the final round take place in the high school N 118 after A. Yerznkyan in the Yerevan city (the capital of the Republic). Since 2009 the final round includes 2 parts: theory and practical. It takes 2 days.
1st round task includes tests with multiple choice, matching, problem solving, questions required written descriptive answer (only theory); 2nd round- tests with multiple choice, matching, problem solving, questions required written descriptive answer (only theory); 3rd round- tests with multiple choice, matching, problem solving, questions required written descriptive answer (only theory); 4th round- Since 2009 the final round includes 2 parts: theory and practical. Theory part includes 35 tests with multiple choice and problem solving. The winners of theory part participated in practical part, which includes 4 practical (in 2009 tasks were on Biochemistry, Plant Physiology, Zoology, Biometry).
National Testing Committee for NBO is appointed by Ministry of Education and Science. This Committee composes the tests.
In all the rounds students take the tests at schools, which are selected by Ministry of Education & Science and Local Governments.
Prior the first thee rounds there is not additional training for students. Students training for IBO takes 2 weeks (9-12 hour per week). IBO National coordinator is responsible for this training. In 2009 she organized the training at the Yerevan State University.
Following materials are available for students helping them to score better in the National rounds or to prepare for the IBO
- High school textbooks
- Tests (former NBO tests are available at website www.armedu.am )
- Special biology literature
The winners of each round of NBO are awarded with Diplomas of three categories (first, second, third diplomas for 9th, 10th, 11th grade students, separately) and certificates.
Free entrance to university for IBO winners
Local/national TY and press are not very active concerning coverage of NBO and IBO. All information about NBO and IBO are available in the website of the Ministry of Education and Science. Information about NBO and IBO also can be find in the newspaper “Krtutyun” (“Education”)
The Ministry of Education and Science organizes and pays for NBO and IBO. The high school N 118 after A. Yerznkyan helps to organize NBO final round. Yerevan State University supports to train students before IBO.
Ministry of Education and Science is the main organizer and sponsor of NBO in Armenia.
The Ministry of Education and Science has instruction for the organization of all Armenian National Olympiad rounds.
About 12000 students are eligible to participate in national competitions each year. Usually 2000 (about 17%) of them participated each year in all rounds. 100of 2000 ( 5%) participated in the final round of NBO.