What will be assessed?

The British Biology Olympiad is not primarily a test of knowledge. We do not expect students to know things from beyond the normal A level syllabus, and we do not expect teachers to make special preparations for their students to perform well in the British Biology Olympiad. However, the British Biology Olympiad will cover topics which all students are unfamiliar with.

Questions will ask students to use their biological intuition, logic and imagination to answer questions. They will be expected to apply basic principles which they are familiar with to new topics. The British Biology Olympiad is a challenging problem solving competition, however, there will be some quickfire questions of basic knowledge, since students enjoy these.

Questions will aim to teach students about cutting edge and topical biology.