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Hippo English Olympiad

Hippo English Language Competition

Aims and Objectives : Hippo “English without Borders” Competition is an international competition which promotes English language, challenges students around the globe to compete in English language knowledge, and improves the co-operation between teachers. The competition encourages the development of a shared sense of identity and integration, serves as a role model for young people living together as one community.

The main goal is to create and nourish friendly relations, international understanding and a spirit of sporting competitiveness between young people interested in English language from all around the world.

Competition Regulations :

The competition is being run in three rounds: preliminary round, semi-final round and final round.
The preliminary round of competition is hosted by the participating schools enrolling a group of candidates from their school.
Hippo semi-finals are held in bigger cities in each of the participating areas (zones) and the venues will be based on the location of the semi-finalists.
The final round will be held in Lido di Jesolo (Venezia), Italy. Finalists as well as a school representative will be invited to the final round of the competition.

Registration Fee/ Free Practice Work Book : The registration fee is Rs.500/- per student in India for school sign-up. Each participating school is required to appoint a teacher-in-charge to liaise with IOA, including submitting the registration forms, conducting of the contest and general administration. All participating students will also receive a free past year papers. The teacher-in-charge will get a free copy as well.

Preliminary Round : The tests for the preliminary round of the competition will consist of two parts: test of reading comprehension (multiple choice questions) and test of listening comprehension. The maximum allowed time per part is shown in the table below. The tests are the same for all the participants of a category. The links to the listening test audios will be emailed to school coordinators on the Wednesday before the preliminary round date. The Hippo coordinator needs to download the audios and have them ready for the preliminary round tests. The reading and the listening test samples are available on www.internationalolympiadacademy.com.

Markings and Permissible Time Limits : There is only one correct answer to every question. There are no negative marks. Ranking is based on the average number of marks achieved on both the reading and the listening test.

Grades: Little Hippo Hippo-1 Hippo-2 Hippo-3 Hippo-4 Hippo-5/S-1 S-2
Reading 30 questions 30 questions 34 questions 34 questions 34 questions 40 questions 40 questions
1 point each 1 point each 1 point each 1 point each 1 point each 1 point each 1 point each
20 minutes 30 minutes 30 minutes 35 minutes 40 minutes 45 minutes 45 minutes
Listening 20 questions 20 questions 22 questions 22 questions 22 questions 22 questions 22 questions
1 point each 1 point each 1 point each 1 point each 1 point each 1 point each 1 point each
20 minutes 20 minutes 20 minutes 20 minutes 20 minutes 20 minutes 30 minutes

Semi-final Round: After the preliminary round tests have been marked, the top 10% of participating students from each participating zone will be invited to the semi-final round. The network of semi-final venues will be based on the location of the semi-finalists. The exam level for the semi-final round will be one CEFR level higher than the one in the preliminary round.

The exam level for the semi-final round will be one CEFR level higher than the one in the preliminary round.

The tests for the semi-final round of the competition will consist of: a reading test, a writing test (30 questions) and an essay.
There is only one correct answer to every question. There are no negative marks. Ranking is based on the average number of marks achieved on both the reading and the writing test.

Final Round : In the final round of the competition, the candidates will be taking a Pearson exam, all 4 skills included. The test samples / past papers are available on www.hippo-competition.org. The exam level for the final round will be one CEFR level higher than the one in the preliminary round that is the same as the semi-final round test.

The final round of the competition will be held in Lido di Jesolo, Italy. All candidates will be accompanied by a school representative. Two-day half-board accommodation will be provided for all the candidates and school representatives free of charge. Three-day accommodation will be provided for the non-European participants.The programme of the final round will be available on www.hippo-competition.org one week before the final round at the latest and will include the competition schedule as well as sightseeing options. Finalists will be contacted and helped with organizing their travel.

Awards & Prize:

  1. All finalists and accompanying teachers get two-day half-board accommodation FREE OF CHARGE
  2. All successful finalists will recive a Gatehouse Awards certificate.
  3. All semifinalists and finalists will be given a year long scholarships of 1000/- per month and 2000/- per month respectively.