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Korean Biology Olympiad

1997   (in Korean (Korea, South))

  •  Each of local education office sends official documents to every high school approved by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.
  • By website of KBO

  •   Main organizer of NBO: The Korean Biology Olympiad Committee
  •  Screening of applicants recommended by a school principal through reviewing applications(1st), and then three rounds (2nd, 3rd, and 4th) of examination

1st round (reviewing applications): March to April of the preceding year of IBO which the applicants are supposed to participate in

2nd, 3rd round (written examination):  End of August, end of December of the preceding year

4th round (written examination): End of  February of the year when IBO is held

  • The Korean Society of Biology Education is the host of the final round.

  • Theoretical multiple choice test in round 2, 3 and 4

     Practical test in round 3 or 4

  • The Korean Biology Olympiad Committee is producing the tests for round 2, round 3, and round 4.
  • Students take the test of round 2, round 3, and round 4 at the university.

Four students selected at the round 4 (final one) attend a 6-day long residential camp at SNU where they participate in biology lectures and lab works. 

  • Many students study biology using following material to score better in the national round.

  - Campbell Biology (9th Edition, Korean version) by Reece et al.



  • During residential camp, students use teaching materials designed by lecturers, and participate in lab work in which materials and equipment for experiment are provided.

No medals nor prizes are awarded.


Certificates endorsed by the president of The Korean society of Biology Education are given to participants who pass each round.  

The results of IBO are released officially to the press by the Korea Foundation for the Advancement of Science and Technology.

  • Financial support is given by the Korea Foundation for the Advancement of Science and Creativity.


Sending official documents to high school

In general, Korea follows the IBO rules and regulations to select participants for the IBO.


Former National representatives for IBO are not allowed to participate in KBO tests.

From 2012 to 2014, the numbers of schools and students participating in the NBO are as follows: 

Year            Schools           Students

2012         116 (5.0%)        447 (0.05%)

2013            82 (3.5%)       509 (0.05%)

2014            73 (3.1%)       447 (0.05%)

from March to February.
minimum 2hrs, maximum 4hrs.

Sung-Ha Kim

250 Taeseongtabyeon-ro Gangnae-myeon Heungdeok-gu (Dept. of Biology Education, Korea National Univ. of Education) Cheongju-si 28173 KOREA
The Korean Society of Biology Olympiad Dept. of Biology Education Seoul National University 1 Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-gu, Seoul,151-742, Korea
by KR_kimheu last modified Oct 22, 2017 01:01 PM