Iranian Biology Olympiad (IrBO)
Regularly The Young Scholars Club (Ministry of Education) sends an official circulation to all schools and press throughout the country.
The Young Scholars Club, an organization in the ministry of education, is the main and only organizer of 4 rounds of Iranian Biology Olympiad (IrBO). In the first round exam (in February) includes 40-50 multiple choice questions; the second round (In April) includes 12-18 short and/or long structured questions; the third round includes many different kind of theoretical and practical questions from all biology fields. The result of the 3ed round is the selection of 8 students, who are the winners of gold medals and members of IrBO National Team. The final (4th) round is a procedure of selection of 4 national team members to represent the country in the International Biology Olympiad. The competition is country wide, and all Iranian students who are studying experimental sciences in one of Iranian schools, and have the average marks 16 out of 20 are permitted to participate in the competitions.
The tests are producing by the National Committee of Iranian Biology Olympiad. The first round includes multiple choice questions, the second short and/or long structured questions, the 3ed and 4th rounds different kinds of theoretical and practical questions. The first round is in the students' town or city, the second in the capital city of the provinces, the 3ed and 4th round in the country's capital city Tehran.
The Young Scholars Club organizes the training courses. University teachers, university students and the members of the National Committee are involved in the courses. The course for the final students does not exceed 14 days.
There are no special material developed for the students, but the main textbook is "Biology" by Campbell, together with former IBO and NBO questions.
8 national gold medals + 32 Silver and bronze medals each year. The winners of 8 gold medals get exam-free entrance to universities.
Mainly The Young Scholars Club's website. Local and national TV, journals, newspapers, etc. may have interviews with the winners.
Fully by the ministry of education.
Full supported by the ministry of education.
Competitors should study in the last year of "experimental Science" in higher secondary education in the current school year and students should have an average of 16 out of 20 in total school marks through their higher secondary courses.