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National Biology Olympiad



Turkish Scientific and Research Council (TUBITAK) send an announcement to inform the date and rules of  National Biology Olympiad exam to the secondary schools through  National Education Directorates.  An original announcement is given by TUBITAK.

TUBITAK, which is the main organizer, appoints the Biology Olympiad Committee. The Biology Olympiad Committee prepare 3 rounds of exam procedure.

Round 1 – open exam: two one hour multiple choice test taken in schools in May and June 50 students are selected

Round 2 –semifinal exam:  one and half hours multiple true/false choice test taken in summer camp, students are selected between 31th January to  11th March.

Round 3: National Finals – multiple choises test taken at the University of Gazi at  29th March

Has no penalty for guessing

All Exam questions are multiple choise and multiple true and/false choice

Nationa Final conducted at Gazi University over 2 days. 24 students attended. 


Top scoring 4 students will be invited to take a practical course at Gazi University from 12th April to 18th April.

The name of the students:


Gökberk Deniz
İsmail Hakkı Dur
M. Batuhan Karakuş
Atahan Durbaş

Multiple choice test in round 1,2 and 3

Turkish Biology Olympiad Committee is providing the tests for all rounds.

Students take the test 1 is national wide at their school, test 2 in summer camp and test 3 at Gazi University

The students make the test round : school

2nd round: Hotel ,Antalya

3th round: Gazi University, Ankara

Two times course; each of them is of one week. At special training camp (hotels in Antalya)  and Gazi University. Practical training also held at Gazi University

Study materials are only the textbooks. Such as

Campell and Reece Biology, Life, Taizz  and Zeiger Plant  Physiology,  Raven et al, Principle of Biochemistry, Lenineger

The students  competed against each other in second round. Then tehy awarded with Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals.

If they get medal from international Biology Olympiad then, they get free entrance to University

No media coverage

Turkish  Research and Technical Council (TUBITAK) is the only sponsore. 

TUBITAK pay the living expenses, transporation of the students and they also pay the lecturers.

There is no support from Ministry of Education

The students need to take the NBO exam and get 70 out of 100.

Year     Number of students                   schools

2010   2047                                         mostly private science high schools (more than 90%)

2011    2676

2112    2617

2013    3309


2014    2270

2015    1007

2016    1079

from September .
minimum 8, maximum 14.

Leyla Açık

Gazi University, Science Faculty, Department of Biology, Teknikokullar, 06500, Ankara, Turkey
Gazi University, Science Faculty, Department of Biology, Teknikokullar, 06500, Ankara, Turkey
by Leyla Açık last modified Jun 30, 2016 10:39 PM