British Biology Olympiad (BBO)

10,000+ Chinese and British students will compete together

Hosted by the Royal Society of Biology - one of the world's leading science communities

Outstanding students will have the opportunity to attend top science programs

Outstanding students will have an advantage when applying for top science universities

Date:Saturday 28th April, 2018 13:00-15:00 pm (120 min)


The Royal Society of Biology (RSB) is located in the heart of London, and has almost 17,000 members, including leading scientists and researchers in the biological sciences, in addition to more than 100 bioscience member organisations.

The British Biology Olympiad was created in 1995, stimulating students with an interest in Biology to expand and extend their talents. It is one of the largest science competitions in the UK with more than 7,200 high school students participating in 2016. Each year an outstanding team of high school students is then selected to represent the UK in the International Biology Olympiad (IBO). It enables students to demonstrate their knowledge and to be suitably rewarded and publicly recognized through the award of medals, certificates and other prizes. It is hoped that by competing in this Olympiad, students who are already interested in this valuable, wide-ranging and rewarding subject will be encouraged to continue their studies beyond A-level.

ASDAN China introduces this competition to China for the first time. Outstanding Chinese students will have the opportunity to compete with British students for the award of medals. They will also be given the chance to attend top science programs in the future.
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Competition Rules




Saturday 28th April, 2018 13:00-15:00 pm (120 min)


Individual written test (no experiment)


High school students

Exam scope

25% Animal Anatomy and Physiology, 20% Cell Biology, 20% Genetics and Evolution, 15% Plant Anatomy and Physiology, 10% Ecology, 5% Ethology, 5% Biosystematics

Exam locations

Exam Centers across China

Contest questions

90 multiple-choice questions, 120 minutes


Results will be announced within 6 weeks after the exam

Global awards:
• Gold
• Silver
• Bronze

National awards:
• Gold: Top 5%
• Silver: Top 10%
• Bronze: Top 15%
• Honorable: Top 30%

(For judging the global awards, British competitors will be ranked first by their overall scores in the top 5%, 10% and 15%, creating boundaries for the gold, silver and bronze awards. Competitors from other countries are not ranked together with their British competitors, but are compared by boundary. Chinese competitors with good results will therefore have an increased chance of receiving an award.)

Sample Problems

Exam Categories

Exam Centers


1、Can the students bring a calculator to BPhO?

Students can bring calculators.

2、Can the students bring a dictionary to BPhO?

The students can bring a printed version dictionary.

3、Refund policy

If, for some reason, a student is unable to attend after paying the fee, please notify us in writing one month before the deadline of registration. If the student notifies us after that, we will not be able to offer a refund.

4、How to prepare for this competition?

We offer some Biology references.

Campbell Biology (International Edition)

Authors: Jane B. Reece, Lisa A. Urry, Michael L. Cain, Steven A. Wasserman, Peter V. Minorsky, Robert B. Jackson

Publisher: Pearson Education;

Copyright: 2011

Published: 1/6/2011

Print: ISBN-10: 0321739752 | ISBN-13: 978-0321739759

Pages: 1464

Understanding Biology for Advanced Level

Authors: Glenn Toole, Susan Toole

Publisher: Nelson Thornes

Copyright: 1999

Print: ISBN-10: 0748739572 | ISBN-13: 978-0748739578

Pages: 704

Biological Science 1 and 2: v. 1&2 by Taylor, D. J., Green, N. P. O., Stout, G. W. 3rd (third) Edition (1997)

Authors: D. J., Green, N. P. O., Stout, G. W. Taylor

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ASIN: B00CF683H4