General Information 2017

Competition Date

Thursday, April 27

Registration Deadline

Opens Monday, January 23
Closes Friday, March 3

Cost

$7 per student
Teachers write for free (extra exam is provided).
There is a minimum registration of 3 students within Canada & USA, and 10 students internationally.

Time

The exam is 75 minutes in length and must begin between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. ET.
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Location

At participating schools. The National Biology Competition Office will send the exam materials one week prior to the exam date.

Format

50 multiple-choice questions; prepared and reviewed by faculty members in the departments of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Cell & Systems Biology, University of Toronto. (Competition materials are available only in English.)

Grading

Each of the multiple-choice questions will have five answer choices, for which only one choice is the best answer. To correct for haphazard guessing, the score of the examination is based on the number of questions a student answers correctly minus one-third of the number of questions answered incorrectly. No points are deducted or awarded for unanswered questions. Calculators are not permitted.

Eligibility

Any student can participate in the National Biology Competition, and on more than one occasion (e.g., a student can write both the 2016 and 2017 exams). Registered students in attendance at a secondary school are classified as official contestants and are eligible for individual awards and team competition, including students who complete their studies at the end of the first semester. Students in their first year of CEGEP in Quebec are also eligible. Students who do not meet the above requirements are welcome to write the examination as unofficial contestants. Teachers can also write the examination as unofficial contestants.

Canadian Biology Olympiad

The University of Toronto National Biology Competition is used as part of the selection criteria for the Canadian Biology Olympiad. 

For more information see: http://www.canadianbiologyolympiad.ca