Hippo English Olympiad

The Global Youth English (Non-native) Olympiad Challenge & Assessment

Preliminary → Semi-final → Global

CEFR
Benchmarking the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
50+
Countries and Regions
50,000+
Global Students Participated in 2021
10 Years
10 Years History
9
Dificulty Levels for Students Aged 7 to 18
Advancement
Preliminary - Semi final - Global Finals
Fun
Scenario-based and Life-like Topics
Italy
Free trip to Rome for the Global Finals

Program Introduction

Hippo "English Without Borders" Olympiad is organized by the GLOBAL HIPPO ASSOCIATION, a non-profit organization founded in 2012 and based in Italy. With the mission "English without borders", the Hippo English Olympiad is based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages CEFR and is divided into 9 levels of dificulty for young people aged 7 to 18 from non-native speaking countries and regions. In the past ten years, more than 50 countries and regions around the world have organized students to participate, and more than 50,000 students worldwide participated in 2021, making it the world's most influential English (non-native) Olympiad challenge and assessment for youth.

Academic Support



Officially Recognised by Ofqual, the Office of Qualification and Examinations Regulation


The Hippo English Olympiad Official Test Committee, provides test questions based on CEFR standards

Advancement System



Preliminary Round



Semi-Final
Round

Top 10% of Preliminary round participants will be qualified



Global
Finals

Top 120 students of Semi Final round will be qualified

Participating Countries and Regions

Asia:
• China
• Japan
• Korea
• Afghanistan
• Azerbaijan
• Brunei
• Cambodia
• India

• Indonesia
• Iran
• Iraq
• Kazakhstan
• Kyrgyzstan
• Laos
• Lebanon
• Armenia
• Malaysia

• Mongolia
• Burma
• Pakistan
• Palestine
• Philippines
• Saudi Arabia
• Singapore
• Tajikistan
• Thailand

• Turkey
• Turkmenistan
• Uzbekistan
• Vietnam
Europe:
• Russia
• Albania
• Cyprus
• Bosnia and Herzegovina

• Bulgaria
• Croatia
• Estonia
• Greece
• Hungary
• Italy
• Latvia
• Lithuania
• Moldova

• Montenegro
• North Macedonia
• Romania
• Serbia
• Slovenia
• Ukraine
South America:
• Brazil
Africa:

• Algeria
• Egypt
• Morocco
• South Africa
• Tanzania
• Tunisia

Difficulty Level and Age

1. Students may choose a higher HIPPO level than they are suggested based on their school grades, but not a lower HIPPO level. For example, a 7th grade student is recommended to take HIPPO 3, he may also choose to take HIPPO 4 and Hippo 5 if he'd like to, but not HIPPO 1 and HIPPO 2.
2. The Special Category is for students with very high English prociency. The level corresponds to a difculty level 2-3 levels higher than the Regular Category.


*CEFR:

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is an internationally recognized standard for describing language competence and proficiency and is the most widely accepted reference standard for language assessment worldwide. In many countries, the CEFR has replaced their respective assessment systems for foreign language education. For example, many European education authorities have explicitly dened the CEFR levels that secondary school students should achieve, such as B2 for the first foreign language level and B1 for the second foreign language level.

Benchmarking of CEFR with different language measurement systems

2022 Hippo English Olympiad

Project details

 

Preliminary Round

About Registration
  • Deadline for Preliminary Round's Registration & Payment: Feb 25th
  • Participants: Students aged 7-18 (must have an ID from China or another non-native English speaking country)
  • Participation Fee: fee includes: paper fee, examination fee, marking fee, certicate fee,
    reference questions and one online practice exam
  • Academic Supporting Materials: Sample test papers and answers will be provided by the organizing
    committee upon registration
  • Registration Methods:1: Scan the QR code on the right
    2: Batch Registration by school
Scan the QR code
About Examination
  • Time:March 12th, 2022, Saturday, Starting at 10:00 a.m
  • Location:Nationwide Schools as Test Center / Online*)
    * Online tests require participants to prepare: ① a computer with webcam ② a cell phone or Tablet/Ipad
  • Duration:60-105 minutes (varies by grade, see below)
Preliminary Round Questions
All questions are Multiple Choice Question (MCQ)
Group HIPPO Grade Test Content
    Duration Reading Use of English Listening
Regular Category Little Hippo 60 mins 30 Questions
1 Point Each
20 Questions
1.5 Points Each
20 Questions
1 Point Each
Hippo 1 70 mins 30 Questions
1 Point Each
20 Questions
1.5 Points Each
20 Questions
1 Point Each
Hippo 2 70 mins 34 Questions
1 Point Each
20 Questions
1.5 Points Each
22 Questions
1 Point Each
Hippo 3 75 mins 34 Questions
1 Point Each
20 Questions
1.5 Points Each
22 Questions
1 Point Each
Hippo 4 90 mins 34 Questions
1 Point Each
20 Questions
1.5 Points Each
22 Questions
1 Point Each
Hippo 5 95 mins 40 Questions
1 Point Each
20 Questions
1.5 Points Each
22 Questions
1 Point Each
Special Category Hippo S10 90 mins 34 Questions
1 Point Each
20 Questions
1.5 Points Each
22 Questions
1 Point Each
Hippo S15 95 mins 40 Questions
1 Point Each
20 Questions
1.5 Points Each
22 Questions
1 Point Each
Hippo S19 105 mins 40 Questions
1 Point Each
20 Questions
1.5 Points Each
22 Questions
1 Point Each
Award Setting
  • First Prize Top 10% in China
  • Second Prize Top 10%-25% in China
  • Third Prize Top 25%-40% in China
  • Excellence Award Top 40%-60% in China
*The contestants who win the first prize will successfully qualify for the Semi-final round
*All contestants will receive a certificate of participation from the HIPPO committee
Certificate of Participation
Certificate of Achievement

The certificate will identify the CEFR level that corresponds to the participant's level of entry.

Semi-Final
Round

Semi Final Round

About Registration
  • Deadline for Registration and Payment: March 31st
  • Participants: First prize winners in the preliminary round (must have an ID from China or another
    non-native English speaking country)
  • Participation fee:fee includes: paper fee, examination fee, marking fee, certificate fee, reference
    questions and one online practice exam
  • Academic Supporting Materials: Sample test papers and answers will be provided upon registration
  • Registration Method: All qualified candidates will receive email and SMS notifications of the
    registration opening date.
    1: Through ASDAN Mini Program
    2: Batch Registration by school
About Examination
  • Time:April 9th, 2022, Saturday, Starting at 10:00 a.m.
  • Location:Nationwide Schools as Test Center / Online*
    * Online tests require participants to prepare: ① a computer with webcam ② a cell phone or Tablet/Ipad
  • Entry Criteria:Students who won the rst prize in the Preliminary Round
  • Duration:60-105 minutes (varies by grade, see below)
Semi Final Round Questions
Reading: multiple choice questions (MCQ); Writing: short answers
Group Hippo Grade Test Content
Duration Reading Writing
Regular Category Little Hippo 75 mins 30 Questions 1 Point Each 30 Questions 1.5 Points Each (No Essay)
Hippo 1 75 mins 40 Questions 1 Point Each 30 Questions 1.5 Points Each+Essay (40 words)
Hippo 2 70 mins 34 Questions 1 Point Each 30 Questions 1.5 Points Each+Essay (60 words)
Hippo 3 85 mins 34 Questions 1 Point Each 30 Questions 1.5 Points Each+Essay (80 words)
Hippo 4 90 mins 40 Questions 1 Point Each 30 Questions 1.5 Points Each+Essay (120 words)
Hippo 5 90 mins 40 Questions 1 Point Each 30 Questions 1.5 Points Each+Essay (150 words)
Special Category Hippo S10 90 mins 40 Questions 1 Point Each 30 Questions 1.5 Points Each+Essay (120 words)
Hippo S15 90 mins 40 Questions 1 Point Each 30 Questions 1.5 Points Each+Essay (150 words)
Hippo S19 95 mins 40 Questions 1 Point Each 30 Questions 1.5 Points Each+Essay (180 words)

Award Setting

  • Global Award Top 120 Ranking Globally
  • Gold Award Top 20% in China
  • Silver Award Top 20%-40% in China
  • Bronze Award Top 40%-60% in China
* The contestants who win the global award will successfully qualify for the global nals
* All participants will receive a certicate of participation from the organizing committee
Certificate of Participation
Certificate of Achievement

The certificate will identify the CEFR level that corresponds to the participant's level of entry

Global Final Round

  • Global Final Date: September 29th-30th, 2022
  • Global Final Location
  • Entry Criteria:Students winning the Global Award in the Semi Final Round
  • Test Content:Reading | Listening | Writing | Speaking | Use of English

  • Award Setting:Global Gold Awards, Silver Awards and Bronze Awards
    All participants will receive a certificate of participation issued by the organizing committee. Winners will be selected to the official honor list of the Global HIPPO Association.
  • Participants:Winner of the Global Prize in the Semi Final Round (must have an ID from China or other non-native English speaking country)
  • Participation Fee:Free of Charge for participation fees and three days of accommodation and food during the nals. Finalists will be responsible for their own international airfare and visa fees to and from Italy. ASDAN China will send coordinator teachers to travel with the students.
  • Application Deadline and Application Method: To be announced

Global
Finals


Regional Academic Specialists


Ms Zhao 18310263191

North China

Beijing、Tianjin、Shanxi、Shandong、Hebei、Henan、Inner Mongolia、Heilongjiang、Jilin、Liaoning


Ms Wang 15618633087

East China

East China:Zhejiang


Ms Zhang 15618633087

East China

East China:Shanghai、Jiangsu


Ms Lin:13147032703

south China

Guangdong、Guangxi、Fujian、Hainan、Hong Kong、Macao、Taiwan


Ms Li:18502808484 

Central & West China

Chongqing、Sichuan、Guizhou、Yunnan、Shaanxi、Gansu、Qinghai、Tibet、Ningxia


Mr Wang:13086629260

Central & West China

Hubei、Hunan、Anhui、Jiangx、Xinjiang

Q&A

Q: How do I select the right exam level for my students? How do I select between regular category and special category?

A: The Hippo Olympiad Committee has strict age and grade restrictions for each level of entry, candidates must apply for the exam in accordance with their school grade as indicated on the exam details page. The examinations team allows students to apply for a higher level than the school grade they are enrolled in. For example, a 7th grade student is recommended to take HIPPO 3, he may also take HIPPO 4/5, but not HIPPO 1/2.

Students with excellent English skills are welcome to challenge the special category. Hippo S10's dificulty is equivalent to Hippo 4, Hippo S15 = Hippo 5, Hippo S19 is higher than Hippo 5.

Q: How do the test scores correspond to the CEFR levels? How do I obtain the corresponding language proficiency certificate?
A: CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) is an internationally recognized reference standard for assessing language ability and proficiency. The content of Hippo English Olympiad questions is based on the CEFR assessment framework, so the difficulty level of the questions corresponds to the difficulty level of CEFR level (see page 4 for details of the level comparison table). Hippo English Olympiad's award certificates are marked with the CEFR level corresponding to the student's enrollment level. Schools and parents can also consider Hippo English Olympiad as an authoritative CEFR-based English language proficiency assessment, which provides a better reference basis for subsequent English grading teaching and learning.
Q: Where will the offline test sites be located? Will students be able to choose between taking the online and offline exams on their own?
A: Offline test centers are usually ASDAN China partner schools that organize registration across the country. Please check with your school teacher to see if the school will organize the test. If your school does not organize the test, the organizing committee can assist you in reserving a place at another test center in the same city. Students who fail to obtain a reservation seat offline will take the exam online. The content of the test, test duration and marking criteria are identical between the online and ofine exams.
Q: What are the requirements for venue & equipment for online exams?
A: There are no restrictions on the venue for the online exam, so candidates can complete the exam at home. Good internet access needs to be ensured throughout the exam and students need to complete all responses independently once the exam begins. Candidates need to use a laptop with a web camera as the exam device (can't use cell phones, tablets, etc.) and a fixable electronic device with a camera such as a cell phone, tablet or computer as the proctoring device. Before the exam, the organizing committee will send detailed instructions for the exam, arrange for equipment testing, and open the the real exam system for a mock exam practice. Please pay attention to the email and SMS notification sent by that time.
Q: Can parents help with the test if the child is young?

A: Online exams allow candidates aged 12 and under to be assisted by their parents in setting up the equipment and taking the mock exam. Parents are required to leave the room where the student is after the test has officially started. If parents are found to be involved in the exam answering process, the exam results shall be disqualified.

The offline exams will be proctored by the school teachers at the test site, and parents are not allowed to enter the test room.

Q: How do I get past test papers and study guide?
A: After registration, you can download the Hippo English Olympiad sample papers and answers from the "My ASDAN" → "My Project" → "Hippo English Olympiad" → "Material Download" in the ASDAN WeChat Mini-program.
Q: What kind of targeted tutoring can schools and teachers do?
A: Teachers at the test site can obtain the Examination Syllabus for each level provided by the Hippo committee, which can be used as the study and teaching guidance. The Hippo sample questions and answers can also be used as reference materials for teachers in their daily teaching and preparation for the test.
Q: How long does it take to receive the test results and certificates?
A: The results and the semi final round admission list will be announced within 3 weeks after the preliminary round, at which time candidates and parents can check the results and admission results in the ASDAN WeChat mini-program. The preliminary round certificate will be sent to the home address or school (for schools as test centers) about 6 weeks after the competition. The semi final round results and global nalists will be announced within 6 weeks after the semi final round, and the certificates will be sent to the home address or school (for schools as test centers) around 8 weeks after the semi final round test.

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