Arrangements for 2017

Please check the general arrangements page for information that doesn’t change from year to year. The information below is just for 2017.

  1. Round 1 (February 6-10 2017)
    1. Notice-board for emergencies during the test week
    2. Dates
    3. Test material
    4. Local arrangements
    5. Advanced entries
    6. Advanced results
    7. National statistics
    8. Numbers for Round 1 problems
    9. National thresholds for Gold, Silver and Bronze at each level
  2. Round 2 (March 31 – April 2 2017)
  3. International Linguistics Olympiad (July 31 – August 4 2017)
  4. Archive of messages from UKLO to teachers and markers

Round 1

See the separate page for last-minute announcements, emergencies and work-arounds.

Dates for 2017

  • Jan 1: start of period for notifying Advanced numbers (not names) on the portal.
  • Jan 30: end of period for notifying Advanced numbers.
  • Feb 2: test material released on the portal for all levels (see below).
  • Feb 6-10: test week for round 1
  • Feb 10 (end): deadline for scanning and uploading Advanced scripts.
  • Feb 11: solutions for non-Advanced problems released via the portal.
  • Feb 27: results announced for the Advanced test.
  • March 13: deadline for entering non-Advanced results in the portal.
  • (March 31-April 2: Round 2)
  • ?: All-clear for publishing all the test material, solutions and marking schemes via the website and within schools.

Test material: all the material you need for the test (apart from coloured pens – highly recommended!), including certificate templates, will be available for download from the portal at 5.00 pm. You’ll receive an email confirming that the material is ready. (See above for the date.)

Round 1:   You can arrange your competition at any time during this week, but you must make sure you have time:

  • to scan the Advanced scripts in time to send them to us by the end of Friday evening.
  • to print the test papers (at all levels) after they are released.
  • to send us your results for the Foundation and Intermediate tests that you marked by the deadline (see above).

For levels other than Advanced, you’re welcome to make whatever arrangements you like for the competition, including:

  • allowing pupils to work in small teams.
  • splitting a paper into separate problems to be tackled at different times, e.g. in timetabled classes.
  • making up your own ad hoc paper by combining problems to taste, or even by just selecting one or two problems. (Our results-reporting system will allow you to enter results for individual problems, so it won’t worry if they don’t fit a standard paper.)

Advanced entries: If you’re expecting to enter candidates for the Advanced competition,

  • please notify us of your numbers (not names) as instructed, so that we can assign you a marker. The portal won’t accept notifications before or after the dates given above. Late entries will not be accepted.
  • please arrange for your candidates to take the test under the conditions that you would provide for any public exam such as GCSE – i.e. a quiet room with an invigilator and no communication between candidates (or access to mobile phones or computers!).
  • please allow 2.5 hours for the test.

Further details. For further information about the arrangements for Round 1, see archived email messages.

Results of the Advanced competition:

National thresholds for Gold, Silver and Bronze certificates at all levels (e.g. at Advanced level any score of 74.7 or higher, but below 83.3, earns a Bronze); these thresholds are based on the total marks for each candidate calculated as a percentage of the maximum marks for the level concerned, so that the top 5% get Gold, the next 10% Silver and the next 20% Bronze.

  total entries gold silver bronze
Breakthrough  279  80.9%  71.6%  59.4%
Foundation  1329  84.2%  75.4% 66.1%
Intermediate  1124  79.9%  65.3%  52.3%
Advanced  1545  72% 62.3% 48%

International Linguistics Olympiad

Place: Dublin

Date: Mon 31 July to Fri 4 August


  • Alfie Vaughan, East Norfolk Sixth Form College
    • Year 13.
    • A-level: French, History and Maths
    • Next: French and beginner’s Portuguese at Trinity Hall, Cambridge
  • Ben Morris, City of London School (Silver)
    • Year 13.
    • A-level: Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry
    • Next: Maths at Oxford.
    • Past: 3 x UKLO Advanced, 3 x round 2, in Year 11 qualified for IOL squad but couldn’t go. Chemistry and Physics Olympiads, all Maths Olympiads up to the BMO (doing BMO2 once), invited to a UKMT camp for top 40 IMOK students.
  • Benjamin Liow, St Paul’s School
    • Year 13.
    • A-level: Maths, Further Maths, Biology and Chemistry
    • Next: Human Sciences at UCL
    • Past: 1 x UKLO Advanced (Silver); 2 x Chemistry olympiad (Bronze), 2 x Biology olympiad (Silver); every maths olympiad (varying degrees of success).
  • Harry Taylor, Magdalen College School, Oxford (Silver)
    • Year 13.
    • A-level: Maths, French, and German.
    • Next: French and Linguistics at Manchester University.
    • Past: 3 x UKLO Advanced, 1 x Round 2. Also a few Advanced level UK Maths Olympiads (all Gold).
  • Kamran Sharifi, Manchester Grammar School
    • Year 13.
    • A-level: physics, maths, Chinese and French
    • Next: philosophy and linguistics at Oxford
    • Past: No previous experience of UKLO or any other olympiads. 
  • Liam McKnight, Magdalen College School, Oxford  (Gold)
    • Year 12.
    • A-level: Maths, Further Maths, Greek and German A Levels
    • Next: Will definitely be applying for linguistics at university.
    • Past: 3 x (Advanced) UKLO competitions, 3 x Round 2, 2 x IOL (both Gold); also enters  the UK maths and computing olympiads, and will probably try the physics olympiad next year.
  • Samuel Ahmed , King’s College School, Wimbledon (top Gold)
    • Year 13.
    • International Baccalaureate:  Classical Greek, Maths and Chemistry at higher level; Mandarin, English Literature and Economics at standard level.
    • next: Linguistics at Clare College, Cambridge
    • past: 3 x (advanced) UKLO competitions, 3 x Round 2, 2 x IOL (Gold each time). Also  several preliminary rounds for the British Mathematics Olympiad and the chemistry olympiad.
  • Simi Hellsten, Bournemouth School (Gold)
    • Year 10.
    • GCSE: French, German, computing, history, RS, maths, further maths, both English’s and triple science
    • Next: A-level: maths, further maths, physics and French; university: probably maths.
    • Past: No previous UKLO competition; the Maths Olympiads every year. Maybe the physics one in future.